Cult/Tech Podcast with Jon Carson and Ling Ritter of CollegeVine

Joining us today are Jon Carson and Ling Ritter from CollegeVine. CollegeVine is a program that aims to make the college admission and application process easier to navigate for high school students. Jon serves as CEO of CollegeVine. Ling is a current student at Princeton University and one of CollegeVine’s Application Consultants.

The average student receives just under 38 minutes of college guidance across 4 years, and the average guidance counselor-to-student ratio is 1 to 472. CollegeVine seeks to remedy that, providing guidance students need.

Key Takeaways:

“CollegeVine is a virtual guidance platform for high schoolers” Jon at :48 “A near peer mentor is someone who is close to the age of their mentee” Ling at 4:47 “If you really know what you’re doing and present yourself in the right ways you should be able to get where you want to be” Ling at 8:47 “If you make some bad decisions in high school they can become increasingly hard to recover from over time” Jon at 11:53 “We define the customer is the parent and the student …

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TechSmart – Lesley Mansford CEO of Razoo

Lesley Mansford is CEO of Razoo, the fastest-growing crowdfunding site for causes. In TechSmart Episode 29, Lesley gives valuable tips and shares techniques for fundraising success on Razoo, and also talks about Razoo’s support for GivingTuesday, the annual, national day of giving on December 3, 2013.

TechSmart is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher Radio. When on the Red Cup Agency site or Digital Fundraising School, just click the orange button to listen.

Podcast interview conducted by Lee Schneider, creative director of Red Cup and founder of Digital Fundraising School. To learn how to crowdfund, click here.


GivingTuesday is intended to bring focus to local communities and attract the support they deserve. As part of the event, the Razoo Foundation will partner with Razoo to award $100,000 in donations to participating nonprofit organizations and fundraisers raising money on their behalf. In the podcast interview with Lee Schneider, Lesley pointed out that Razoo saw 50% more giving on GivingTuesday in 2012 compared to the same date in 2011.

She expects a similar showing …

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