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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Steve Brown

Title: Director of University Outreach

Job responsibilities: Building relationships with institutions across the country. Helping to build the JumOffCampus brand!

Favorite part of the job: Hearing the words from a school “we would like to partner with JumpOffCampus”

College and major:  The University of Miami, Business

Favorite type of music:  Rock, Alternative. The Clash, the Stone Roses, Oasis, the Verve, Kasabian just to name a few.

Favorite TV shows: Arrested Development reruns, Workaholics, Tosh.0, the Ricky Gervais show and anything on the IFC, History or the Discovery Channel.

Favorite movies: The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket and any Wes Anderson film. The Natural, Do the Right Thing, Thunderball, The Game, The Big Lebowski, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Hobbies: TRX classes, running, screenplay writinWhat is your favorite saying? Treat others with respect and kindness and hopefully you will receive the same in return.

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Kyle Nichols-Schmolze

Title:  CTO & Co-Founder.

Job Responsibilities:  I’m the only full-time coder on the team, so I build and manage the product. On a good week, I get to spend 80% of my time coding, which I love. But as a small team, there’s always lots of other stuff to do, like helping out users and answering support questions.

Favorite part of the job:  New features! It’s always a blast to start from scratch on a new aspect of the site. We recently released our roommate finder (which is awesome), and I had a great time designing and building it with our new intern, Cenzo.

College and Major:  Tufts University for Computer Science Engineering

Favorite type of music:  Classical for sure. As a high schooler I always listened to a lot of Beatles and other 60s rock, but once college started I started getting into some much older stuff. Now I listen to a lot of Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelsohn, Tchaikovsky, and all the other big guys.

Favorite TV shows:  My favorite show is still probably the Simpsons. But after that it’s Twin Peaks, Mr. Show, and anything with David Cross.

Favorite movies:  I am a huge fan of movies by David Lynch, Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, and Charlie Kaufman. Highlights include Rashomon, Blue Velvet, and My Neighbor Totoro.

Hobbies:  I played ultimate frisbee all through college, and now I play in two different leagues: the new semi-pro AUDL and the summer Rhode Island based RIPUL. Between JumpOffCampus and ultimate, there’s not much room for anything else in my life.

Favorite saying:  Sometimes you get the elevator, sometimes you get the shaft.

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Mark Abramowicz

Title:    Co-Founder & CEO.

Job responsibilities:  What doesn’t it entail? Being an early-stage company, my responsibilities have changed, depending on what’s needed at the time. Currently, my role is more operational (management and fundraising-driven) in nature but I still have a hand in our university outreach, marketing, and product development efforts.

Favorite part of the job:  I love the team environment and the tremendous energy people bring – it’s an awesome motivator! Being involved in many different aspects of the business, I would have to say that my favorite part of the day-to-day is interacting with everyone, irrespective of what I’m doing.

I also like that no two days are exactly alike and that I learn something new everyday. It’s really rewarding to be challenged on a consistent basis to be better!

College and Major:     Tufts University, Class of 2010 BS, Quantitative Economics  Minor: Entrepreneurial Leadership

Favorite type of music:  I don’t have a favorite actually; it all depends on my mood or the situation I’m in and can be anything from classical to electronic or rap. Guess what I’m listening to right now!

Favorite TV show:  I don’t really have a favorite show, but I am a really big sports fan. Any chance I get to watch a game is awesome, but if the Knicks or Barcelona are playing, it’s a special treat!

Favorite movie(s):  The Shawshank Redemption, without a doubt. I love the story, the characters, the acting, the writing, etc.

Hobbies:  I really enjoy playing soccer, in whatever capacity. I was the type of kid who always had a soccer ball with me while growing up.

I don’t know if you would consider food a hobby, but I love it, too (sometimes to a fault)!

Favorite saying:  This is a tough question. I don’t think I have one in particular, but here are a couple that I enjoy.

On why I left the corporate world… “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

Something I carried over from soccer to entrepreneuship… “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

And last, but not least, a great quote from Shawshank… Red: [narrating] Andy Dufresne – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side. J

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We’re Looking for Participants!

We’ve got a few research projects up our sleeve, and we need people to participate in our surveys.  If you’re an undergraduate student who has lived in university housing and in off-campus housing, and you’re interested in participating in our study, let us know!  Shoot us an email at founders@jumpoffcampus.com if you’d be interested!

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We Are Making Changes!

So a lot of new things have been happening here at JumpOffCampus to update everyone about!  First off, we received some awesome news last week that we won the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition!  We are really grateful to have been a part of the competition and were impressed by all the awesome business ideas, but we are excited about moving forward with all the new resources now available to us!  Check out this link to read more: http://www.golocalprov.com/business/new-winners-named-in-2012-ri-business-plan-competition/.

We also have been spending some time reworking our current marketing campaign.  We have a bunch of new plans to help spread the word about JumpOffCampus, and so make sure you stay tuned starting next week.  We have new contests, prizes and other campaigns to keep your eye out for so make sure you check up with us on Monday for the first contest!  Let us know what you think about the upcoming campaigns, we want your opinions!  Hope everyone enjoys their weekend and if you have finals this week, good luck and study hard!  (P.S. if you know people in need of summer sublets, be sure to point them in our direction!)

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