Wi-Fi location positioning

It all started
with Wi-Fi.

 In 2003 we developed an innovative way to obtain location. Using Wi-Fi signals would be faster, more precise and battery-friendly than GPS and cell-towers alone. We foresaw the mass adoption and proliferation of mobile technology that would make our idea useful for every device on the planet. We got to work on collecting the locations of billions of Wi-Fi access points worldwide and building the infrastructure and software to deliver the information.

Skyhook’s massive global network powers billions of location requests in all of the places that they happen. Our customers include giants like Apple, Samsung, Sony and Mapquest. Our coverage is monumental and constantly growing. We exist to make location faster, more precise and practical and have teams dedicated to research and development, support and getting our message in the hands of everyone who can use our technology.

And now Skyhook

brings everyone

Actionable Context


Our Context Accelerator radically simplifies harnessing the full power of a user’s location data to deliver frictionless, vital mobile experiences or the most relevant content. Context Accelerator is highly respectful of privacy and fits easily into almost any development stack.



contextual data from location
James Crowley President Skyhook Location Context

Jim Crowley


Jim is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience growing innovative technology companies. As CEO of Skyhook, Jim works to build and lead teams that consistently ship successful products while creating cultural excellence. As CEO of Turbine he launched numerous new titles and grew the company prior to its acquisition by Warner Bros. At M-Qube, North America’s leading mobile channel enabler, he drove product, sales and operational strategy that grew revenues of over $200m and which culminated in its successful sale to Verisign. Jim received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Connecticut College.

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    Rod Forter

    Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

    As Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Rod is responsible for coordination of the product, engineering and customer operations functions at Skyhook. In this role, Rod helps to define and implement strategies and practices that drive innovation and execution while facilitating cross-functional communication. In addition, Rod manages all of Skyhook's legal affairs, including litigation, technology licensing, intellectual property development and contract negotiation.

    Prior to joining Skyhook, Rod was an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City and at Ropes & Gray in Boston. He holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Colgate University and a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School

  • Kipp Russell Jones President Skyhook Location Context

    Kipp Jones

    Chief Technology Officer  

    As Chief Technology Officer, Kipp works to guide and shape our innovative location intelligence technology. He has spent over 20 years developing technology and strategy for numerous technology startups including NuBridges, PathFire and his own company DirectSight Networks. He’s authored 19 patents for the methods pertaining to Skyhook’s hybrid location technology. Kipp received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska as well as an MS and ABD in CS from Georgia Tech.

  • Dan Gill VP of Sales Skyhook Location Context

    Dan Gill

    SVP of Sales

    Dan is responsible for leading the growth of sales at Skyhook. Prior to Skyhook, Dan launched the Enterprise business unit at Leap Motion, building the initial team and successfully launching multiple industry opportunities for the platform. He’s helped several venture-backed organizations to successful outcomes including acquisitions by Verisign, Digitalsmiths (Tivo), Gilt Groupe, J.P. Morgan Chase and Google. Dan earned his BA in Economics from Williams College.

  • Steve Solari COO Skyhook Location Context

    Steve Solari 

    EVP, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

    Steve is tasked with building partnerships to support Skyhook’s rapidly growing business. Prior to joining Skyhook, Steve was Director of Marketing at edocs, Inc., where he was responsible for the development and execution of the company’s integrated marketing programs and infrastructure. There, Steve generated a fivefold increase of the company’s pipeline and 16 consecutive quarters of revenue growth, leading to the company’s acquisition by Siebel Systems. Steve holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Kipp Russell Jones President Skyhook Location Context

    David Bairstow

    VP of Product

    As VP of Product, David is responsible for designing the next generation of disruptive location technology. Prior to Skyhook, David formed and led all of Catalina Marketing’s mobile efforts, focusing on monetizing one of the world’s largest datasets of consumer purchase history. David has a host of mobile, product leadership and general business experience, including time at Thomson Reuters, Catalina and JP Morgan. David’s education spans both sides of the pond.  He has a BA in finance from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Cambridge / Queens College in Cambridge, UK.  

  • Farshid Chief Innovation Officer Skyhook Location Context

    Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz

    Chief Innovation Officer

    As Chief Innovation Officer, Farshid is the mastermind behind the research and development of Skyhook’s positioning technology. He is a proud member of the design and implementation team of the first three satellite-based mobile networks at Hughes Network Systems: ICO, and has almost 20 years of industrial experience in the design and implementation of satellite and wireless networks. Farshid is on the faculty of Boston University and received his PhD from George Washington University and MS from Tehran University.

  • Keith Waterhouse - VP of Finance at Skyhook Wireless

    Keith Waterhouse

    VP of Finance

    As VP of Finance, Keith is responsible for the development of Skyhook’s financial management strategy and formulating the organization’s long-term goals. He has over 18 years experience in managing the finance teams at various tech companies, including Integrated Development Enterprise Inc, Brix Networks, and Endogen Inc. Most recently, Keith closed the Dunnhumby acquisition of BzzAgent in 2011, where he was VP of Finance. Keith received his BS in Accounting from Merrimack College and his Masters in Accounting from Suffolk University.

  • Skyhook HQ

    41 Farnsworth Street

    3rd Floor

    Boston, MA 02210