Welcome back to Baby Breakerdom! This week's quest to uncover budding Rule Breakers finds a slippery slope to profits and a deal with plenty of bounce.
First up this week is SensorTran, a company that really ought be of interest to BP
But it was a disaster that may have been prevented with SensorTran's technology, which, according to its website, measures temperature "over the entire length of a critical asset." I understand if that sounds confusing. Here's how it works: SensorTran has a device that sends signals over common fiber optic lines. It's those signals that allow for calculating temperature and other key indicators of structural integrity.
Why fiber optic lines? Telecommunications firms long ago decided to use oil pipelines to host infrastructure. Doing so simply made practical and economic sense. Accordingly, fiber optic lines are in the unique position of being able to check almost every mile of active pipe in the U.S.; SensorTran merely wants to put that position to good use. At the very least, it seems more efficient than the X-ray and ultrasound samples BP has used to test pipe integrity.
Investors have reacted to the news of Prudhoe Bay differently. Some current BP shareholders are suing the company, accusing it of negligence. Venture investors, on the other hand, are pouring money into SensorTran. VentureWire reports that the 10-year-old firm has received $5.5 million to complete a spin-off from parent Systems & Processes Engineering Corp. Financing was provided by Expansion Capital Partners, WHEB Ventures, and Stonehenge Capital.
Next up is Boingo Wireless, which on Wednesday raised $65 million in a third round of funding. Boingo is a Wi-Fi affiliate network covering 45,000 hot spots. Software, a subscription, and a password grants users wireless access in 76 countries and international territories.
Impressive, right? Sure it is. The problem is that practically everyone wants to be in the Wi-Fi business, and some, like Google
That doesn't explain the size of the deal, though. I attribute that to management. Sky Dayton, founder of EarthLink
That's all for this week. See you back here next Friday when we continue the quest to find the next ultimate growth stock.
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Fool contributor Tim Beyers digs his Wi-Fi as much as his Starbucks. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. Get the skinny on all the stocks he owns by checking Tim's Fool profile . The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is smooth as silk.