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I think this was an advantage because every activity I did in high school was something I enjoyed -- reframing everything later for college was incredibly easy because my application reflected who I was." Perkins discovered that NPMs were more valuable to him than high school college counselors.
He said, "As I went through high school, I always had slightly older mentors in the grades above me that helped advise me on which classes to take, how to progress in extra-curriculars, and what it all meant for colleges." He continued, "It always struck me as strange that it was more natural for me to go to older peers with questions about navigating high school than my school's counseling department.
He sold that 12-person consulting firm to Baker Insurance in 1989.
He spent the next decade building up Family Education Network which grew to become the largest education website on the internet with 270 employees then sold it to Pearson for 5 million in 2000.
My co-founders and I decided we wanted to focus on one thing, and at the time we were all in agreement that we were onto something pretty interesting with the company because of the strong revenue traction and clear market signals we had caught a wave.
We all felt like we had stumbled upon a rare opportunity we just couldn't pass up." Harvard has a really generous policy with leave and our advisors even encouraged us to take the time off to see our venture all the way through.
Carson did not excel academically at Babson College but his entrepreneurial skill manifested itself just as Babson was changing its focus to entrepreneurship.
He started a beer delivery service and Babson decided to parade him in front of the media to tout the school's new academic focus.
Perkins and his cofounders trust Carson and he trusts them.
I also watched a ton of my friends without the same peer relationships fall behind because they were just completely on their own." So they decided to drop out and work on building a business around that insight.
"Our basic thesis was that highly trained college students could make powerful counselors if given access to technology and a great program, and so we started the company to give students all across the country access to great near-peer counselors.
The incredible success of the concept even in just the first year showed us that we were on to something," explained Perkins. "As our company grew, we found ourselves continuously making tradeoffs between the business and school.
There simply wasn't enough time in the day to really get the most out of Harvard and also achieve our goals for the company.College Vine's "secret sauce is connecting high schoolers and their families to a network of highly talented college students at a range of top schools.