About Inline and the Founding Team

Experts in education and technology

Inline® was created by a team of experts in education and technology. Their goal: to level the playing field in college admissions by providing expert college application help that is accessible to virtually anyone.

What problem does Inline solve?
The college application process has grown increasingly competitive. While students often can avail themselves of many support services as they apply to schools — counselors, tutoring and test prep services, private college consultants — most of these services are not available on demand, and some of them get very expensive. There are also very few services that support the most important part of the admissions process: the application itself. Inline was created to provide help when it is most needed: online, in real time, while the application is being completed. Additionally, because it can be accessed digitally, Inline is available to students who might not have access to traditional college counseling resources.

How did the idea for Inline come about?
Anna Ivey and Alison Cooper Chisolm, both former admissions officers at top U.S. universities, have for many years been working privately with applicants and their families who are navigating the U.S. admissions process, and the Common App in particular. They noticed two big problems:

(1) Applicants get stuck with some of the same things over and over again when they're working on their applications.

(2) Applicants often don't know what they don't know. They treat the application as "just a form,” and so they don't leverage (or know how to leverage) the form strategically to increase their chances of getting into their preferred colleges.

Inline is a tool to help level the playing field in college admissions by offering real-time college application help that is much more affordable than hiring a ​private consultant, and that meets applicants where they are: online, struggling with a sometimes tricky application form​, and needing help with it in the moment. ​

Inline Team

Anna Ivey

CEO & Co-Founder

Former Dean of Admissions at University of Chicago Law School, Anna is now a sought-after college admissions consultant. Anna has been featured as an expert on CNN and Fox News, as well as in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, and Smart Money. She is the co-author of How to Prepare a Standout College Application with colleague Alison Chisolm. Anna also serves on the board of Service to School, a non-profit that offers free application advice to veterans transitioning to college. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Alison Cooper Chisolm

CFO/COO & Co-Founder

Alison has almost 20 years of experience in admissions and has worked in admissions at three of the U.S.’s most selective universities: Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, and Dartmouth. In 2009, she joined forces with Anna Ivey’s college admissions consulting practice and is a highly regarded speaker for parents’ groups and professional organizations. She is co-author with Anna of How to Prepare a Standout College Application, and is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association, where she has served on the ethics committee. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Kevin Grinberg

CPO & Co-Founder

Kevin is an experienced technology leader and co-founder of Active Frequency, a boutique web and mobile software agency that has helped multiple start-ups and established businesses achieve their goals with software. He has held CTO roles at OnCell and Polimedia Group, and delivered internal- and external-facing web applications for Boston University as part of their software engineering team. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brandeis University.

Andreas Randow

CTO & Co-Founder

Andreas Randow is an accomplished technology advisor and implementation specialist with over 20 years of experience, who has held numerous C-level technology growth roles and also experienced multiple successful exits from his own start-ups. His expertise runs both wide and deep, ranging from software and data architecture, data acquisition and imaging, big data, mobile applications, SaaS, and media services; to business management including turnkey business development; and high-quality functional design.