Building the First Study Abroad Review Site with Mike Stone of Study Abroad 101
Recently, I had a ton of fun chatting (via skype) with Mike Stone, co-founder of Study Abroad 1010, a study abroad review site. Mike sat down with me to talk about his own study abroad experience, trends in study abroad, and of course, his fear of sleep-overs.
I first met Mike and the other co-founder at a Boston-Area Study Abroad Advisors (BASAA) meeting about 2.5 years ago when Study Abroad 101 was just two guys with an interesting idea. And since I'm all about transparency in international education, I was immediately intrigued by their concept.
A few years later, when I was heading up a one-person study abroad office (what I like to call a one-woman study abroad show) at the University of South Dakota, I re-discovered Study Abroad 101. One of their growth strategies was to help small offices like mine collect student reviews of their times abroad. Of course, I was all for free help, so I enlisted their services to help me corral all those juicy study abroad evaluations that I didn't have time to collect myself. They were a big help to me in that situation and I wish them the best of luck as they continue to grow Study Abroad 101.
A big thank you to Mike Stone for taking the time to chat with me. Good times, as always.
Who should I interview next? Is there someone you'd like to see interviewed on Inside Study Abroad? Send me your suggestions via email or leave them in the comments. I'll see if I can badger persuade them to join me for another Inside Study Abroad chat.
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