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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Katie McGwin

Title:  Intern
College and major:  I’m still enrolled at the University of Rhode Island.  I got my Bachelors in 2011 in Communications and Art with a minor in Business, and now I’m working on my Master’s in Communications.
Job responsibilities:  I deal with mainly our social media outputs, so that includes the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  I also research and compose the research reports we put out.
Favorite part of the job:  There really aren’t resources out there for students that help them find an off-campus apartment, find roommates, or that help them make more informed decisions about off-campus living.  I feel like JumpOffCampus fills that need, and it’s cool to be a part of that.
Favorite type of music:  I’m really into RI local bands.  I also listen to a lot of indie rock/pop stuff like Miike Snow and Does It Offend You, Yeah?  Overall, I think my favorite, though, is Jimi Hendrix.
Favorite TV shows:  I just finished catching up on Modern Family.  I really like NBC shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Community.
Favorite movies:  My favorite movie of all time is Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.  I generally tend to like anything with those two in it. I also really enjoy the new Batman movies.
Hobbies:  I like painting, drawing, and photography.  I also really enjoy listening to music, finding new bands/artists, and going to see shows.
Favorite saying:  I totally ripped Nike off, but I live by the saying, “Just Do It.”  It really applies to everything.

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Vincenzo “Cenzo” Vitiello

Title: Intern

Job responsibilities: As the second technical guy, my job consists of doing all sorts of backend and frontend programming in conjunction with whatever project Kyle is currently working on.

Favorite part of the job:  My favorite part of the job is definitely the environment. It is a blast to hang out and work with the small JoC team.

College and major:  I currently attend Tufts University; I will be a senior in the fall. I am on track to graduate with a degree in Computer Science through the school of engineering.

Favorite type of music:  I don’t know if I necessarily have a favorite genre of music, but I do make killer alternative playlists and according to friends I “have a mainstream taste in alternative music”. Still not sure if that’s a compliment or not…

Favorite TV shows: Currently I have been watching a lot of the USA network show Suits. Other shows that I enjoy watching repeatedly are Psych, Scrubs, and Archer.

Favorite movies: Thanks to my dad I love comedy movies from the 80’s such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Midnight Run, and Dazed and Confused. I also enjoy all of Hayao Miyazaki animated works such as Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Porco Rosso.

Hobbies: When I got to college I picked up Ultimate Frisbee through which I have competed at college nationals twice with the Tufts team. Before college, I played ice hockey for fourteen years and I still enjoy skating whenever I can.

Favorite saying:  “Laughter is the closest distance between two people” -Victor Borge

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Rachel Goroff

Title: Marketing Intern

Job responsibilities:  Marketing research, promotion, sales

Favorite part of the job:  It’s interesting, I get to work on a bunch of different projects, and it’s fun to see the site grow!

College and major:  Bryant University- Marketing and management

Favorite type of music:  Anything but country

Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Friends, The Office

Favorite movies: Pride and Prejudice

Hobbies: Traveling, Photography, Music

Favorite saying: Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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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