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.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Boingo! To celebrate this time of good cheer, we’ve been giving away all sort of goodies on Facebook as part of the “12 Days of Joys and Toys.” (We’re currently on Day 7, so there’s still plenty of time to join the fun if you’re not already participating.) Yesterday’s competition for the Fujifilm Instax camera was especially a hoot, with three rounds of challenges. In the third round, finalists wrote alternative versions of “Jingle Bells.” The entries were so good, we thought we’d share them with you. Enjoy! The winning entry, written by Shannon Eris: Dashing through security Watch where you touch me O’er TSA we go Shoeless all the way Boingo hotspots ring …Making spirits bright What fun it is to tweet and Skype A Boingo song tonight! Oh Boingo Rocks, Boingo rocks Boingo all the way Oh what fun it is to surf With a three hour delay Oh Boingo rocks, Boingo rocks Boingo all the way Oh what fun it is to surf With a three hour delay And the fabulous runner-up entries: By Deepika Priyadarshini: Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh what a fun is
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.
Jonathan B. Spira reviews Ipevo’s new Wi-Fi Phone for Skype as part of Business Traveler’s “Tech Front.” “The tiny Ipevo Wi-Fi Phone for Skype seems almost custom-made for the business traveler who wants to use Skype without having to carry a laptop. at setup, one can use an existing Skype account or establish a new one; when I logged in, all of my contacts from Skype showed up automatically. To place calls, one simply connects to a Wi-Fi network and dials. Voice quality turned out to be very good, an the convenience factor is excellent. The phone doesn’t support access to Wi-Fi roaming networks, but a software update for Boingo functionality is planned.” We look forward to getting Boingo functionality integrated into this nifty device. Boingo + Skype = Amazing value for business travelers!