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Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight
In each quarterly newsletter, the CIE features an Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight article. Have an alumni entrepreneur you'd like to see featured? Contact the CIE with your suggestion.
Changing Education, One Book Rental at a Time
When Colin Barceloux '03 (pictured below right) was an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, he felt the pinch on his wallet every quarter when it came time to buy books. He worked at two jobs and, like over 60 percent of students at Santa Clara, Barceloux received financial aid. However, books were an out-of-pocket expense. Buying the books was not even the worst part. The real pain came at the end of the quarter, in the midst of finals, when Barceloux waited in line to sell his books back. Half of the time the store would not give him a penny.
"I started thinking about the process: you buy the book, you use it, then you try to sell it back. The sell-back is really a rental," said Barceloux, now the President of BookRenter.com.
BookRenter.com allows students to rent their books
"Our goal is to try to make education more affordable," Barceloux said, "I won't be satisfied until everyone can rent a book."
BookRenter.com launched a year ago, and this year
So how did a kid two years out of college become the President of his own company? Barceloux took his Santa Clara education and applied it to the real world, with a little networking help from his alma mater.
"Colin is highly coachable. With a couple of mentors, he can go very far," said Andy Hospodor, Santa Clara professor and CTO of BookRenter.com.
"Our management team (pictured left) is a good mix of seasoned veterans and up-and-coming go-getters," Barceloux said.
Barceloux has also used Santa Clara's Center for
"CIE has been an outlet for me. (CIE Director) Kevin Holmes '01 has offered peers for me to relate to," Barceloux said. "We are really excited to be involved with the Center and wouldn't be as a far along or successful without it."