Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe & FundMyTravel director Victoria Mita on crowdfunding travel

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Devin Thorpe, a Forbes Contributor and friend of CrowdFundBeat, to interview Director of FundMyTravel, Victoria Mita.

FundMyTravel is an online crowdfunding platform specifically developed to suit the needs of individuals desiring to study or volunteer abroad.

As experienced international travelers we understand how important both cultural exchange and international education are on shaping an individual’s academic, personal and professional lives. We also value the huge environmental, developmental and socio economic goals that can be achieved through volunteering abroad as well as the significant academic advantages that studying abroad provides.

Victoria Mita graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelors in Education. Her first exchange experience was made possible through class fundraising efforts and took her to Lyon, France. She has had a passion for travel and learning through immersion ever since. Victoria studied abroad and worked in Melbourne then Adelaide, Australia respectively and has presented English Speaking and Resume Building workshops in Macau, China. Following time spent working at the Embassy of Australia, then the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training at Flinders University, Victoria returned to the US and began work with GoAbroad.com. Now she directs FundMyTravel.com, which offers an online funding platform for meaningful travel experiences. Victoria takes immense joy in applying her education background to daily life and in her support to students, aiming to get abroad.

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DevinThorpeDevin Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.

Now, as an author, a popular guest speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good. His current life isn’t much like his past.
As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions.

Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship during Governor Jon Huntsman’s administration. Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.

Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).


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