Our Story

From Study Abroad Experiences to Campus Ideations

While Co-Founder, John Eddins, was lying on a makeshift OR table at a small family-run gas station in northern Thailand, getting stitched up by a 12-year-old boy, he thought to himself, "How could my university not prepare me for this?" ... Long story short, while John was studying abroad in Australia, he spent three weeks traveling Thailand, until he rented a moped, took a corner too fast with faulty brakes, and ended up with being stitched by a 12yo local Thai boy in exchange for English lessons... No, we're serious...

Duff and John met in high school and developed OffWeGo while attending St. Lawrence University and Colgate University in upstate New York. They came together based on their respective study abroad experiences to offer an easier way for students to stay engaged with safety protocols, and a more accurate way for universities to track their students. Duff and John originally conceived OffWeGo as a fun and easy group booking platform based upon time studying abroad in London, Copenhagen and Australia.

Post-graduation, after extended research and networking with universities and travel assistance firms, the team shifted to the present model: combining the “fun” of travel with risk management, a top issue of concern for the sponsoring institutions (and students, post-crisis).

The Problem

Outdated Safety Systems Drive Higher Costs

The Solution

Built for the Students' Experience & the Admins' Needs

The Team

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Neil Shah

Consulting CTO

Founder, CEO, Thinknimble

Hi, I’m Neil, the CEO of ThinkNimble, a development agency that works with startups and social change. Previously I founded and sold Aspire, an employee engagement software, and worked at EverFi, managing product for video games related to critical skills education. I’m a huge fan of travel — my wife and I try to leave the country once every 3 months. I wish I would have gone abroad when I was in college, so OffWeGo is my way of making that happen now!

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Duff Archie

Co-Founder, COO, Head of Product

Hey! I'm Duff. I've spent the last 5 years designing and developing student-centric travel experiences. I'm a Product Manager, with experience in hospitality (Hilton), Startup Operations (1776), and Technology Commercialization (FedTech). I graduated Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Economics and Business in the Liberal Arts, and a minor in European Studies. While at St. Lawrence, I lived and studied abroad twice: London during my first semester of Freshman year and Copenhagen during my junior spring.  My favorite place I've traveled to is Iceland. 

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John Eddins

Co-Founder, CEO

Hey! I'm John, and I graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Economics. I am a financial analyst by trade, with a background in corporate strategy, finance, and insurance.  I have experience in insurance (Aon), asset management (Iron Bridge), and LP management / GP Stakes (Geyser Advisors). Having previously studied abroad in Australia, and gotten into a motorcycle accident, I know firsthand the importance of travel safety and risk management.  I also empathize with students -- knowing what it's like to move to a new continent, not knowing anyone there, and trying to plan a trip with limited knowledge and a limited group of friends. 

 

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