Aug 2, 2017

How the Boingo CEO gives you free Wi-Fi and makes money

David Hagan has been with the Wi-Fi company since before the iPhone. Here's what it's like to run his business today.

When David Hagan started at Boingo in 2001, the iPhone didn’t exist, laptops didn’t come with Wi-Fi chips and Boingo’s airport Wi-Fi subscription fee was $74.95 a month. Today, the Wi-Fi company’s networks are used by more than a billion people, and those users almost always expect that service to be free. Hagan talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about how Boingo figured out how to make money from free Wi-Fi, how the iPhone changed the industry and what he means when he says technology of the future will be “distributed within us.”

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