WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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education "a soaring success" While each of them attended college separately, with Stone at Tufts, "After we did some research, we discovered that this was an emerging Lurie at Harvard, and Miller at MIT, they pooled their smarts and market, and there were no competitors in this space," Stone says. know-how to fill a marketplace need. While Abroad101 endured the temporary bumps and uncertainties When the trio endeavored to study abroad during their own college of a startup business, today it's a soaring success. Visitors to the site years, they quickly discovered there was an information gap. "There may peruse a directory of programs from more than 225 partner uni- were few online resources that gave us an unbiased student perspective versities. Programs are searchable by country, by major, or both (such at the time," Stone recalls. "It was typical in the early 2000's that you as international finance in Switzerland, or art history in Italy). merely visited your own college's study abroad office and looked through catalogs." But perhaps even more crucially, Abroad101 offers 17,000 reviews by students themselves about their experiences. It's a highly valuable Based on their experiences, it was pretty clear to the three that their insider's perspective not only about academics and faculty, but hous- idea for a peer review study abroad site was an idea that could take off. ing, local medical care, and budget concerns. Their appraisals are distinctive because they're "ground truth," first-hand accounts, not usually found in university brochures or catalogues. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 COURTESY OF ABROAD101 The Abroad101 team accepts a grant from MassChallenge in 2010 154

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