Davis Smith MBA '11, Arts & Sciences MA '11
INTERNATIONAL SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR
Davis pursued all entrepreneurial opportunities at Wharton.
In his first year, he served as Co-Chair of the Wharton Business Plan Competition (now the Startup Challenge), launched the Penn Founders Club (a community of student entrepreneurs) and consulted for the Wharton Small Business Development Center.
Through these programs he began exploring new venture ideas.
Davis applied to and was accepted into the Venture Initiation Program and received a Summer Venture Award. These Wharton Entrepreneurship programs allowed Davis to explore a variety of venture concepts.
Davis launched Baby.com.br after his second year at Wharton.
Inspired by Diapers.com (founded by Penn alums Marc Lore, Scott Hilton WG’07, & Vinit Bharara C’93), he began exploring how to tropicalize the model for Brazil. While at Wharton, Davis raised $4.4M for Baby.com.br. His investors included Aydin Senkut WG’96/G’96, Founder of Felicis Ventures and former Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board member.
Baby.com.br quickly became Brazil’s leading baby care e-commerce site.
Named Brazil’s “Startup of the Year” in 2012 by business magazine PEGN, Baby.com.br quickly became one of Brazil’s most prominent entrepreneurial success stories; within 18 months of launch, it had raised $40M from Tiger Global and Accel Partners. Davis also launched Dinda.com.br, Brazil’s first flash sales site for moms, in July 2012.
Ready for a new challenge and with a desire to make a difference in the world, Davis founded Cotopaxi in 2014.
Davis’ inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur was always to have a positive impact on the less fortunate. His current venture, Cotopaxi, is an “outdoor gear brand with a social mission.” Leveraging relationships from his days at Wharton, Davis brought on his Lauder classmate Stephan Jacob WG’11/G’11 as Co-founder and COO.