October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids. As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives. The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website: “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.” Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they
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Boingo CEO Dave Hagan recently talked with financial media company The Street about Boingo’s recent IPO, the Internet market and what’s next for Boingo. Watch the video to learn all about it. Here are the interview highlights on Dave’s vision and strategy for Boingo Wireless: What makes Boingo different from most IPO companies: we’re a strong, stable and profitable business. We’re seeing huge demand for Wi-Fi among mobile device users, especially those connecting on iPads and other tablets. Our wholesale, private-label service (for partners such as Verizon and Skype) continues to be a strong growth channel in addition to our Wi-Fi options for direct consumers. Our plan is to build out new Wi-Fi networks and locations worldwide. We will work with many of our existing partners to help with this effort. The proliferation of Internet-enabled devices along with increasing consumer demand for bandwidth have created a capacity crunch on cellular networks. Thus, expanding Wi-Fi networks is more critical than ever and that’s where Boingo comes in. We’re excited about our growth and initiatives. Good work, boss! Great tie, too! Read more about Dave’s interview with The Street.
Ad network JiWire just published a great report on Wi-Fi usage trends that are quite similar to the data Boingo published back in June. The meat of the data, as summarized by Christina Warren of Mashable: “In the first half of 2009, JiWire saw mobile device ad-request usage while on a WiFi network increase 79%. WiFi-capable smartphones and net-connected devices are a hot trend, so this isn’t surprising, but check this out: in North America, 97.8% of all Wi-Fi device ad requests were from either an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Even more interesting, these numbers completely align with a study that Boingo published in June. In Boingo’s study, which evaluated mobile device usage at WiFi networks in airports, the iPhone and the iPod touch accounted for 93.9% of all associated devices. Two studies with from two different companies are showing essentially the same results: iPhone and iPod touch users really take advantage of public WiFi.”