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Apr 24, 2014

Philadelphia Style Magazine: From the Editor-in-Chief

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

Philly Style Mag is dong a Women of Influence issue, and who is that pictured? Of Mercer founders Emelyn Northway and Dorie Golkin, both WG’13. Women of influence and style, we’d say. See MORE

Apr 24, 2014

Technically Philly: 4 Philly startups make finals of Milken-Penn edtech competition [Startup Roundup]

Alumni in the News

So much Wharton here that we can hardly stand it! Shout outs to Professor Word, Wash Cycle Laundry, and Seratis, and Grand Round Table.
Did we miss any? Read MORE

Apr 18, 2014

Forbes: 10 Simple Tricks For Getting More Out Of Conventions And Trade Shows

Alumni in the News

David Adelman WG’11, founder of ReelGenie and Reel Tributes, give 10 tips for attending conventions and trade shows. Read MORE

Apr 18, 2014

TechCrunch: SeedInvest Raises Series A On Its Own Crowdfunding Platform, $2M Committed So Far | TechCrunch

Alumni in the News

Raising money on your own crowdfunding platform. That’s pretty impressive, SeedInvest (founded by Ryan Feit WG’12 & Alex Vargas WG’13). Even more impressive: the $2M that’s already committed. Read MORE

Apr 18, 2014

Mashable: 15 Colleges With Powerhouse Entrepreneurship Programs

Alumni in the News, Wharton entrepreneurship

Who are these 15 “Powerhouse Entrepreneurship Programs”? Oh, there’s a familiar name. Read MORE

Apr 18, 2014

Daily Pennsylvanian: App encourages positivity on campus

Alumni in the News, Technology, Undergrads

More than 600 Penn students are already using this new app, created by Wharton senior Edward Lando and Engineering freshman Yagil Burowsky, to compliment each other: Read MORE

Apr 18, 2014

NYCEDC: NYCEDC Announces Senvol as Winner of “NYC Next Idea” Global New Venture Competition

Alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Wharton sweeps the NYC Next Idea Global New Venture Competition, with VIP company Senvol, founded by Zach Simkin (C’06/WG’14) and Annie Wang (C’06/G’13/WG’13), taking grand prize, and another VIP company, AirCare Labs, founded by Rushil Goel (WG’13) and George Zeng (WG’13) as the runner up! So proud of our Wharton Entrepreneurs!
Read MORE

Apr 18, 2014

How to Spend It: Stone & Strand: a clicks-and-mortar jewellery store

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

How To Spend It suggests that you spend some of your it at Stone & Strand, a luxury online jewelry story and offline concierge and stylist service, founded by Nadine McCarthy WG’12: Read MORE

Apr 11, 2014

Business Insider: How ‘The Paradox Of Mandatory Fun’ Ruins Games At Work

WEP Faculty in the News

“Just because you sell it as fun doesn’t mean people will find it as fun,” warns Wharton prof Ethan Mollick.
See what else he has to say on the subject of “mandatory fun.” Includes helpful hints on how to use gamification to your advantage: MORE

Apr 11, 2014

Forbes: Tired Of Hustling As A Freelancer? These Companies Will Find Gigs For You (For Free!)

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

Skillbridge (founded by Raj Jeyakumar & Brett Lewis, both WG’13) isn’t just making it easier, and cheaper, for companies to hire consultants — it’s also helping freelancers get well-paying work. MORE

Apr 11, 2014

Entrepreneur: 6 Hot Healthcare Companies: From Smart Pill Bottles to Smart Diapers, What’s Driving Innovation in Medical Tech

Alumni in the News, Healthcare, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Entrepreneur Magazine rounds up 6 Hot Healthcare Companies that are driving innovation in medical tech — no surprise that AdhereTech, founded by Josh Stein WG’12, made the list. MORE

Apr 11, 2014

Philly.com: They haul thousands of pounds of laundry on bikes

Alumni in the News

Wash Cycle Laundry wants to both clean your clothes and make you feel good about it. Founded by Gabriel Mandujano W’05, it’s green, it’s cheap, and it’s all done via bike. MORE

Apr 11, 2014

India Economic Times: Kunal Bahl, founder-CEO of Snapdeal talks about his favourite restaurants & culinary cravings

Alumni in the News, India

The favorite eats of Snapdeal founder Kunal Bahl (M&T’06) in his student days and beyond: MORE

Apr 11, 2014

Reuters peHUB: Startup seeks to match up projects with consultants: Buyouts

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Reuters peHUB takes a look at Skillbridge’s disruptive business model for consulting. Some more great press for founders Raj Jeyakumar and Brett Lewis, both WG’13: MORE

Apr 11, 2014

60 Minutes: Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s industrial empire

Alumni in the News, innovation

“Musk may be changing the car the way Steve Jobs changed the phone.”
60 Minutes does an amazing segment on Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s Industrial Empire. MORE

Apr 3, 2014

Philly.com: Office Style: Curalate

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

Sartorial as well as entrepreneurial success: Apu Gupta WG’05 and his team at Curalate model their Office Style for Philly.com: MORE

Apr 3, 2014

USA Today: Strategies: Best route to venture capital? Be a man

WEP Faculty in the News, Women entrepreneurs

The Remington Steele theory of how to raise venture capital for the female entrepreneur, with quotes from Wharton prof Laura Huang. MORE

Apr 3, 2014

BBC: The guitar firm playing a new fundraising tune

WEP Faculty in the News

“I think equity crowdfunding could be viable, but I think you need to wait to see how it all works out,” says Wharton prof and crowdfunding guru Ethan Mollick to the BBC: MORE

Apr 3, 2014

NPR’s Marketplace: Shop and charge: stores offer cellphone charging

Alumni in the News, innovation, Philadelphia, Technology, VIP alumni in the News

NPR’s Marketplace looks at whether Wharton alum Doug Baldasare’s ChargeItSpot actually translates to more sales for brick-and-mortar shops. MORE

Apr 3, 2014

Forbes: Dogs, Cats And A Moneymaking Machine: Meet Petplan

Alumni in the News, EIRs in the News, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News, WBPC finalists/winners, Women entrepreneurs

Forbes tells the tale (pun intended!) of PetPlan, the wildly successful pet insurance company founded by Chris and Natasha Ashton, both WG’03. MORE

Mar 31, 2014

Axis Philly: Innovation, Inc.

Alumni in the News, innovation, Philadelphia, WEP Board Members

“He took a place that was just a bunch of laboratories and some office buildings, and made it a vibrant centerpiece of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

That’s Steve Goodman W’62,L’65, longtime Morgan Lewis startup lawyer and WE board member, talking about Steve Tang WG’92, and all he’s done to transform the University City Science Center. MORE

Mar 31, 2014

New York Times: LiveSafe, a Safety App, Raises $6.5 Million From IAC and Others; Diller Joins Board

Alumni in the News, WBPC finalists/winners

Big congrats to LiveSafe, founded by Jeff Grass WG’99, for raising $6.5M!
Fun fact: Jeff’s team was a finalist in the very first Wharton Business Plan Competition in spring 1999. See where the WBPC takes you? MORE

Mar 31, 2014

Fast Company: Warby Parker’s New Store Delivers Your Glasses Via Pneumatic Tube

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News, WVA Winners

Totally out of new ideas, Warby Parker installs pneumatic tubes. No, wait, that’s completely brilliant in a charmingly twee, surprisingly useful fashion. MORE

Mar 31, 2014

NPR Marketplace: AirBnB got 99 problems but going public ain’t one

WEP Faculty in the News

2 reasons to click & listen:
1) Awesome quirky segment title: “AirBnB got 99 problems but going public ain’t one.”
2) Quote from our very own serial entrepreneur and Wharton lecturer, Patrick Fitzgerald! MORE

Mar 31, 2014

CBS News: Who’s America’s No. 1 CEO? He’s not a household name

Alumni in the News

Jeff Weiner WG’92 and winner of the Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award may just be America’s #1 CEO. He got a 100% approval rating from subordinates on Glassdoor.
Check out this interview with CBS This Morning: MORE

Mar 31, 2014

Philadelphia Business Journal: Startup PHL awards five Philadelphia groups Call for Ideas grants

Alumni in the News, Philadelphia

Fabio Fleitas ENG’16, Sean Lynch, and Ascanio Guarini just got a $25K grant from Startup PHL to help fund their PennApps Fellows Internship Program. They’re going to bring college students from around the country to Philly to intern at local startups. MORE

Mar 20, 2014

Fast Times: CommonBond extends MBA loan scheme

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Great news from CommonBond (founded by Wharton alums David Klein and Mike Taormina) — they’re expanding their student loan refinance program to include grads of Law, Medical, and Engineering programs, in addition to MBAers. MORE

Mar 20, 2014

Entrepreneur: How Warby Parker Used the Element of Surprise to Win Over Customers

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News, WBPC finalists/winners

What would you do differently, if you could do it all again?
Neil Blumenthal WG’10, co-founder of Warby Parker, tells Entrepreneur Magazine that he’d “take more creative risks”. For what else 20/20 hindsight has taught Neil, read on: MORE

Mar 20, 2014

Trend Hunter: Building Around the User Experience

Alumni in the News

JibJab co-founder Gregg Spiridellis WG’99 on how to create and grow a culture of innovation. And be really, really funny while you do it.
A cabin in the woods does come in to play. MORE

Mar 20, 2014

Forbes: Now, It’s The Big Time Consultants That Are Getting Disrupted

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Disrupt, disrupt, disrupt.
Big time consulting is the next industry that’s under attack by new ways of doing business. Like, for example, Skillbridge, founded by Wharton (and Venture Initiation Program) alumni Raj Jeyakumar and Brett Lewis.
That’s what Forbes thinks, anyway. MORE

Mar 14, 2014

TechCrunch: Reelio Raises “Seven-Figure” Seed Funding To Connect Advertisers And Creators On YouTube | TechCrunch

Alumni in the News

The self-described “Match.com of brands and creators on YouTube”–Reelio, founded by Pete Borum WG’13–landed nearly $1.3 million in seed funding. MORE

Mar 14, 2014

Business Insider: The One Statistic That Matters Most To Warby Parker’s Founders

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

Their high Net Promotor Score (NPS) may be the secret to Warby Parker’s success. Business Insider explains: MORE

Mar 14, 2014

Nature: In business as in science, prejudice holds women back

WEP Faculty in the News

Wharton prof Laura Huang is surprised by the findings of her own study: not only are investors 60% more likely to invest in pitches presented by men than by women, but good looking men get an advantage, whereas good looking women do not. Huh. Read on for more insight: MORE

Mar 14, 2014

Wall Street Journal: South by Southwest turns more of its focus to health care

Alumni in the News, Healthcare, VIP alumni in the News, WBPC finalists/winners

The Wall Street Journal spotted Josh Stein WG’12, founder of AdhereTech, talking to investors at SXSW!
“I can’t imagine an executive of his stature listening to health-technology pitches even a few years ago,” Mr. Stein said. “Now we’re at the forefront.” MORE

Mar 14, 2014

Technically Philly: These 10 Philly tech founders made Business Journal’s ’40 under 40′

Alumni in the News, Healthcare, WBPC finalists/winners

Hey, that’s Eric Heil, president and CEO of RightCare Solutions, the 2012 WBPC Grand Prize winner, on the Philadelphia Business Journals annual ’40 under 40′ list! MORE 

Mar 11, 2014

US News: Rankings and Reviews, Business Programs

Wharton entrepreneurship

US News rankings are out! Wharton moves up to a tie for #1 as best business school, and for entrepreneurship we place #6. Hold your heads high, alumni. MORE

Mar 11, 2014

Huffington Post: Can Silicon Valley Save Hollywood? Twitter Co-Founder’s Surprising Answer

Alumni in the News

A chat with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone gives Jonathon Youshaei C’13/W’13 insight into the Hollywood business model — and how entrepreneurial thinking could fix it. MORE

Mar 11, 2014

New York Times: Digital Trade School Raises $35 Million in Financing Round

Alumni in the News, Teaching/Learning, VIP alumni in the News

Congratulations are due to General Assembly, school for “digital business skills” and supporter of entrepreneurs, founded by Jake Schwartz WG’08, for raising $35M in funding: MORE

Mar 11, 2014

Technically Philly: ChargeItSpot to offer charging stations in 20 Urban Outfitters stores

Alumni in the News, Philadelphia, Technology, VIP alumni in the News

Wharton grad Doug Baldasare’s ChargeItSpot is gong into 20 Urban Outfitters in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, and 5 Sports Authorities later this month. Now you know where to go to charge your phone while shopping. MORE

Mar 7, 2014

TechCrunch: Blend Lands $2.7M in Seed Funding Led by NEA

Alumni in the News, Technology, VIP alumni in the News

Social networking with the brands built in: Blend (co-founded by Wharton alum Matt Geiger and current student Evan Rosenbaum) pays college students Blend Currency for the best photos on the theme of the day. That currency is good for rewards from advertisers. Nice model.
That must be why they just landed $2.7 in seed funding. MORE

Mar 5, 2014

Technically Philly: PopInShop: ‘online dating service for stores and brands’

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

“It’s like an online dating service for stores and brands,” says Allison Berliner WG’13 about PopInShop, the business she and Roopak Majmudar G’13/WG’13 co-founded to help online-only brands find “the perfect partnership” with a retail store.
Technically Philly has the story: MORE

Mar 5, 2014

Her Campus: WICK: A Collegiate Clothing Line

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

“I think the business and entrepreneur resources at Penn are unparalleled.” — This from Penn student an entrepreneur Sanibel Chai, who is partnered with her Princeton friend to make party dresses out of workout fabrics for comfort and style.
A little black dress with pockets and moisture-wicking ability? I kind of want one. MORE

Mar 5, 2014

International Business Times: The Private Equity Recruiting Rush Has Begun

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

“It’s becoming a joke,” says Patrick Curtis WG’10, founder of finance forum Wall Street Oasis, about private equity recruiting. Find out what else he told the International Business Times: MORE

Mar 5, 2014

CNN Money: 10 Questions: Jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, General Assembly

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

Jake Schwartz WG’08, CEO and co-founder of General Assembly, answers 10 questions for CNN Money.
Check out his thoughts on self-driving cars, Wharton, and the banjo: MORE

Mar 5, 2014

Forbes: Elon Musk’s 500,000 Unit Battery Plant – Myth or Reality?

Alumni in the News, innovation, Technology

Elon Musk C’97/W’97 is investing $2 billion in car batteries — with a goal of producing 500,000 annually by 2020.
Forbes asks: do the numbers add up? MORE

Mar 5, 2014

Philly.com:

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

Shelby Zitelman W’07 and her sisters are making some amazingly delicious tahini right here in Philly: Soom Foods. It’s the only tahini used at beloved Philly restaurant Zahav, and now the Philadelphia Inquirer has the story: MORE

Mar 5, 2014

The Economic Times: eBay increases stake in Snapdeal, invests $134 million

Alumni in the News, India

More news on Snapdeal, founded by Kunal Bahl M&T’06: The “eBay of India” raises another round of funding, led by the actual eBay, estimated at $133.8M. MORE

Mar 5, 2014

CNBC: An app that pleases advertisers and consumers

Alumni in the News, Technology, VIP alumni in the News

“It may only be a few weeks old, but it could have the potential to transform how mobile advertising works.”
That’s what CNBC has to say about Slidejoy, founded by Robert Seo WG’12, a new app that pays you to put ads on your phone’s lock screen. MORE

Mar 5, 2014

Moneylife: Meghna Mittal & Namrata Kothari of www.InOnIt.in

Alumni in the News, India, Women entrepreneurs

Terrific interview with Meghna Mittal W’06 & Namrata Kothari W’06, do-vounders of Indian shopping portal InOnIt.in, in Moneylife.
Wharton entrepreneurs have been all over the Indian press lately! MORE

Mar 5, 2014

Bloomberg News: Ready to Go Global? Our CEO Ryan Frankel Sits Down with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

WATCH: Ryan Frankel WG’12, talks to Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox to explain how his company, VerbalizeIt, can translate your business into 140 languages: MORE