Coolest College Start-ups 2011

Erik Patton
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GetchaBooks, Tufts University

Founders: Richard Mondello and Michael White, both Tufts juniors majoring in computer science, along with Michael Walker, a senior computer science major at Bard.
Concept: Aggregates college textbooks online by individual courses to find the best deals.
Goal: "To save as many students as much money as possible on their textbooks," Mondello says.
Funding model: The site earns affiliate commissions through,, ItBooks, and Chegg.
Advice: "I can't recommend enough going out—even if you're vaguely technically minded—and just starting something," Mondello says. "The last year has been the most action-packed learning experience that I've ever had."
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