July 26 2016

Meet Alex Warren and Sydney Hertz, CEOs and Founders of All Things Abroad

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Are you studying abroad anytime soon? Are you not sure where to study abroad? Do you not know what to do in the country you are studying abroad in? Well then, you have come to the right place. Alex Warren and Sydney Hertz, CEOs and Founders of All Things Abroad, have the answers to all of your questions!! Check them out –  www.allthingsabroad.com and @allthingsabroad

What exactly is All Things Abroad?

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All Things Abroad is a content-based mobile site that serves as the ultimate guide to all things traveling, living and studying abroad. The site features contributions from over thirty writers and aims to inform and broaden the travel experience of its readers by providing a single, cohesive resource for all things traveling.

How did you get the idea for All Things Abroad?

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 7.03.50 PMAt the beginning of our sophomore year of college, we were tasked with deciding where we wanted to study abroad the following year. After we independently chose to study abroad in London, we began reaching out to our older friends who had studied abroad in London to ask our endless questions. Our questions ranged from “what school should we attend?” to “what classes should we take?” to “how do we find an apartment?” and “where should we go to eat?” You get the picture. We received numerous abroad guides and documents filled with tips for studying abroad, and when we couldn’t find a single website that provided all of the information that we were looking for, we decided to create those resources ourselves. While the initial thought behind All Things Abroad was to create a cohesive mobile platform with the answers to any abroad-related question, from the perspective of travelers, our vision for All Things Abroad has since grown. Now, All Things Abroad serves as a social community for travelers, a place where individuals can ask questions, find answers, and enjoy access to long-form content and quick lists for destinations worldwide.

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How did you two decide to be business partners?

While our close friendship and fortuitous circumstance of studying abroad together definitely served as the foundation of our business partnership, our similar work ethic and motivation is what has enabled us to carry out our ever-evolving product. Although we both remain involved in all aspects of All Things Abroad, we successfully co-exist as business partners by dividing our responsibilities based on our individual strengths and weaknesses.

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What is your favorite part of running All Things Abroad?

Alex: My favorite part about running All Things Abroad is the joy I get out of seeing people actually use the site. It’s great when your friends use something you created, but having strangers reach out to you about the site and tell you how helpful it is, is the most rewarding.

Sydney: Like Alex, what I love about All Things Abroad is being able to offer individuals studying and traveling abroad a resource that we so desperately needed.

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What is the hardest part of running All Things Abroad?

Right now, the hardest part of running All Things Abroad is balancing the site with being full-time students and having internships. It’s definitely hard to manage our time, but a little hard work never killed anybody, right?

What is it like to run a business while in college?

Alex: It’s definitely unique and different. Most students are studying how to run a business or work in a corporate world. I think running a business while in college puts us at a real advantage as we’re both getting first hand experience on how to have co-workers and how to speak to those who you work with, those being our writers and members of the marketing squad and social media team.

Sydney: Put simply, it’s challenging. While running a business as a college student has definitely taught me a lot and has forced me to grow and learn outside of the classroom, the combination of being a full-time student and a full-time business owner has its difficulties. However, living on a college campus has given us access to a large social community and network, from which we were able to build our first contributor and user base, and as a fledgling business, such a resource is invaluable.

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Where do you go to school and what are you studying?

We both go to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Sydney is pursuing a Double Major in English and Jewish Studies, and Alex is studying Psychology and French.

What was your business breakthrough moment?

When our site was still going through development, we were approached by an individual who was excited by what we were doing with All Things Abroad and was wondering if we would be interested in giving equity. We were so excited that someone else was as excited about All Things Abroad as we were, and we were honored that someone actually believed in us and All Things Abroad.

What’s next/what are your dreams for All Things Abroad?

Our dream is to make All Things Abroad an internationally utilized, go-to site for everything travel-related. We hope that we can grow our resource as a digital platform that will allow for full-scale interaction between All Things Abroad travelers.

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What’s your binge watch at the moment?

Alex: This is a hard one for me as I don’t really watch tv, but I would have to say The Bachelorette.

Sydney: I’m currently binge-watching both Game of Thrones and Odd Mom Out.

What words would your best friends use to describe you?

Alex: My friends would say I’m enthusiastic, energetic, friendly and an extremely hard worker who is passionate and dedicated.

Sydney: Loving, smiley, funny (I hope), highly motivated and hardworking.

Describe yourself in one word.

Alex: Ambitious.

Sydney: Passionate.

What are you most excited for this summer?

Alex: I am most excited for my internship at Refinery29 and to take what I’ll learn from working in AdSales at Refinery29 and be able to apply it to All Things Abroad and help our company grow.

Sydney: I’m excited to spend this summer interning at Fueled, an app development agency, and to spend time with my family and friends.

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