Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with GradSave CEO crowdfunding education

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GradSave makes receiving college savings gifts easy.

By linking directly to a college savings account, GradSave makes it easy for friends & family to contribute to a child’s college savings. Sign-up is free, and a parent has complete control over their child’s profile.

GradSave doesn’t charge fees for giving or receiving gifts. Learn more.



Marcos Cordero, CEO & Chief GradSaver: Prior to GradSave, Marcos had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in the Strategy and Operations Group at Deloitte Consulting, where he advised a variety of Fortune 500 clients. He has a background in entrepreneurship and management consulting, having founded, a software platform for environmental sustainability, providing green business credentials for a variety of businesses. Prior to that he had a successful career in management consulting in the Strategy and Operations Group at Deloitte Consulting, where he advised a variety of Fortune 500 clients. Marcos holds a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is quoted frequently on college savings and crowdfunding articles. When he’s not busy leading the GradSave troops he is an avid beach volleyball player.

Marcos got started in the college savings space in 2012 when he wanted an easy way to give to his goddaughter. Since then, GradSave has helped over 9,000 families nationwide save for college. He also led the acquisition of Savingforcollege.com, the leading information site for college savings.

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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