Four years ago, I had the great privilege of standing alongside an amazing leadership team in New York City as Boingo rang the NASDAQ opening bell in celebration of going public. As anyone involved in a venture-backed business will tell you, the road from start-up to IPO is incredibly difficult. In fact, only 5% of VC-backed companies ever go public. So the fact that Boingo succeeded where so many others have failed was not simply the result of a great idea, good timing, sound leadership and patient investors. It included plenty of luck, too. And believe me, every one of us who had a hand in Boingo’s journey from start-up to IPO felt very lucky that day. But in many ways, it was a day like any other. That’s because – as I shared with our team many times – “going public” was never Boingo’s ultimate goal. It was just one more step in the ongoing journey of building a great company. That’s really important. Because if we felt we’d “arrived” on May 3, 2011, then we wouldn’t have been prepared to take on the significant headwinds that blew our way not long after going public. Boingo was built on
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Do you have your heart set on an ultimate cruise vacation in 2012? Luxury line Crystal Cruises has launched a sale on seven sailings departing between January and April 2012. Fares have been discounted to as low as 62% off the brochure price and start at $3215 per person. The price includes airfare from locations in North America, a $500/person shipboard credit, and ten to sixteen nights aboard the ship. Destinations include Miami, Costa Rica, Brazil, Buenos Aires and Caldera. Book by August 31, 2011. (Via USAToday) To commemorate the first day of summer on 6/21/2011, the U.S. National Park Service is offering free admission to over 100 parks. Additional free days this year include September 24 for Public Lands Day and November 11-13 for Veterans Day weekend. For accomodations, check out Frommer’s top picks for national park lodges. Southwest Airlines is celebrating forty years of service with $40 fares! The sale includes all cities in the Southwest network, as well as routes via AirTran. The $40 fare applies for one-way flights within 450 miles from the originating destination. Flights over 451 miles cost $80 each way. Book by June 23, 2011 for travel between August 23, 2011 and November 14, 2011. Note
Scott Carmichael may have one of the world’s most coveted jobs. As the executive editor for Gadling, a travel blog, he tours the globe writing about his experiences. (By the way, if you dig travel, Gadling should be part of your daily newsfeed. The site covers all things travel — helpful tips, gadget deals, recent news and entertaining anecdotes — and it makes for fun, spirited and quirky reading. ) To date, Scott has lived in five countries, logged three million miles, and spent over 1000 nights in hotel rooms. And there is no end in sight to his wanderings. We had a chance to chat with Scott about some travel-related details he’s never before shared. Read what this travel guru reveals and feel free to ask him any questions of your own. You have what many people would consider to be a dream job. How did you get into travel and blogging? I rolled into this job completely by accident. I’ve always been involved in technology through my own business, which had me traveling almost all the time. Once I settled down, I started blogging about the combination of travel and technology. In my first year of blogging, I
Joe Brancatelli, writer for Portfolio.com and veteran road warrior, shares his list of gadgets and services for making life out of the office more bearable. Flight Tracker: FlightStats, online and mobile versions Computer Manager: LogMeIn offers “Web-based remote computer access, support, and management” VoIP System: Skype for laptops and cell phones “obliterates the high cost of calling” during international travel Wi-Fi Roaming Service: you guessed it…Boingo Wireless! “The world is full of WiFi hotspots, but most of them are behind a confusing array of high-priced firewalls. Boingo vaults you over most of those walls at a fair price: $9.95 a month for unlimited access in North America or $59 a month for unlimited global access.“ Portable Power System: $90 everwhereMax Laptop Charger Plug Adapter: Universal World Travel AC Adapter with USB Power Port External Drive: OWC Mercury (doesn’t require AC adapter) or eGo Portable hard drive (stylish) Read the entire article here.
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.”