Quadruple Threat Jon Urbana (and counting)

If you’ve ever seen a lacrosse game you know it’s fast. Shifts from side to side happen quickly and there is some serious contact in this sport. It’s not unlike the life of Jon Urbana.

This isn’t a man that sits around with a lot of time to spare. Jon has a deep love and appreciation for the arts. As a photographer his work shows a recognition of what is beautiful. From a young Twitter user¬†working tediously on a sand sculpture beyond words to a sunset, his photographs allow you to feel as if you were there when it was taken. On the music front Jon has a following on Tumblr of his electronic fused remix music (https://soundcloud.com/jonurbana). It’s funky, fun, and another side to this multi dimensional man.

Jon Urbana played for the Villanova Wildcats and was awarded Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. He played fast and hard. Nowadays Jon Urbana is the founder of Next Level Lacrosse Camp in Colorado. His mission is to teach kids using some of the best lacrosse players on the scene. The camps are set up to work with each child and where they want to go in the sport. Rated as the top camp in Colorado, Next Level is Jon Urbana’s love of lacrosse coming back two fold.

Jon Urbana’s charity work is yet another passion. Jon believes that leaving this earth better than how we came to it is an important message to send. He supports Earth Force, a movement that gets people to work on their own local environments. As he says on Facebook, Jon Urbana believes in putting an emphasis on the natural beauty of our earth.

Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force, A New Fundraiser from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

So what do you do when you’ve played professional sports, dabbled in the arts, and done charity work – well you fly! Urbana has met or exceeded all the standards established by the FAA. He has even been recognized by the FAA and added to the database for the FAA’s Airmen Certification Database. When you look at all that Jon Urbana has accomplished it’s hard to imagine where he goes from here.

FreedomPop Raised another $50 million

FreedomPop is a startup company that is trying to break the mold of most cellular carriers and provide people with an alternative to paying mobile service companies. FreedomPop essentially would disrupt some mobile service providers profits because it would allow people to use mobile devices freely with out having to pay additional charges.

FreedomPop had a recent addition to their already large following and available startup capital. The latest numbers show that the startup has managed to secure an additional 50 million dollars that would go to expanding the service to other countries.

The FreedomPop service would cost $49.99 usd initially to connect to the free wifi hotspot, but this is little in comparison to the amount that it would cost for data on a normal mobile contract and could be used without additional fees in over 25 countries and offer a sim card for $10 that would allow people to make phone calls and connect to data throughout Europe.

The Startup will not divulge the name of its main investor. But the CEO of FreedomPop admits the investor is a very large well connected financial player. in addition to other private investors.

The numbers alone show a definite want and or need for this type of service. I look forward to seeing how it evolves and what kind of good changes it would bring to the mobile platform.

The estimated funding that has been raised so far is around 109 million dollars or more. The startup raised 30 million dollars from investors such as intel in the first round of investments and there are most likely more to come their way.

FreedomPop plans to start the service first in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and also the Czech Republic. Asia, Latin America as well as another 40 other countries reportedly would be added by the end of the year.