LogMeIn team members gather for a group photo at the 2011 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Boston.
As it prepares to move into Boston,
LogMeIn embraces Corporate Challenge
BOSTON, July 9, 2012 — For technology company LogMeIn, Thursday's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is a notable event in what promises to be an exciting year.
When a capacity crowd of 12,000 participants gathers at Boston Common on July 12, a team from LogMeIn will be in the throng. It will join teams from 628 of Boston's leading companies at the 29th running of the Corporate Challenge in the Hub of American running.
"The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is an important event for us this year in particular as we move our worldwide headquarters from Woburn, MA to the Innovation District in South Boston in 2013," said Kevin Aries, Product Marketing Manager for LogMeIn. "The event presents a great opportunity to expose our employees to greater professional networking activities and new ways to get involved in the local community, something that was key to our decision to relocate in the city."
Founded in 2003 and having gone public in 2009, LogMeIn's team members can share an exciting story about a fast-growing technology company whose mission is to help people and businesses access their digital lives from virtually anywhere on any device.
LogMeIn, whose products include one of the most popular iPad apps on the market, a drop-dead easy screen sharing and collaboration product used by millions, as well as mobile customer support product used by 50 of the world's top mobile carriers to remotely fix their subscribers smartphones and tablets, counts more than 15 million active users worldwide.
Over the past nine years, it has grown from a handful of employees in Massachusetts and Hungary to more than 500 employees in Amsterdam, Boston, Budapest, London, Sydney and Tokyo.
Providing solutions for an increasingly mobile population in today's fast-evolving world of technology requires a dedicated workforce, for whom the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge fills several important needs.
LogMeIn team members share some smiles on Boston Common.
"The event," said Aries, "aligns with our company Health & Wellness Initiative, which encourages employees to live a healthful life both in and out of the office. Senior management definitely supports our participation in the J.P Morgan race. They encourage all employees to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Next year, many of the senior managers plan on running in the event."
On race night, LogMeIn participants will be wearing T-shirts whose designs were created by employee contributions. For a young company like LogMeIn, the branding is important.
"(It) allows us to show-off our brand to runners and on-lookers alike," said Aries, who added that after the race, LogMeIn runners "enjoy the free food on the Common and then head to a local restaurant for refreshments on an outdoor roof deck. It's a great opportunity for us to be together and build relationships outside the office."
And, the fact that the race will benefit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Horizons for Homeless Children also strikes a chord with LogMeIn.
"As a company, we're always looking for ways to make an impact on our surrounding community," said Aries. "With our world headquarters moving to Boston in 2013, we're more excited than ever to benefit the worthy causes found within the city."
There are, however, challenges in building a team, said Aries.
"Some employees assume they're not good enough, strong enough or fast enough to run a 3.5-mile road race," said Aries. "We encourage employees of all abilities to go out, give their best and have fun. In the end, we get runners of all abilities participating in the challenge each year.
"This is our third year participating in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge," Aries added. "A few years ago we had an employee walk the entire race — it was a pretty big challenge for her and we celebrated her accomplishment."
Just as LogMeIn will celebrate its participation this year, as it prepares to move into its new world headquarters in Boston.