Sep 3, 2014
Hindu Business Line: Lending a hand to the urban poor
Alumni in the News, India, social entrepreneurship
After a career in banking, Samit Ghosh #WG74 became an entrepreneur with a mission to help the Indian urban poor: he founded Ujjivan Finaical Services, a microfinance institution, in 2005. It now has 350 branches in 23 states, serving 1.3 million customers. Read more.
Aug 19, 2014
The Economist: Everybody have fun tonight
WE Faculty in the News
The Economist digs into Wharton prof Ethan Mollick’s new research on gamification. The takeaway: if you’re forced to play, it’s often not really fun. Read more here.
Aug 6, 2014
Philly.com: They like to think of themselves as the Uber of health care
Alumni in the News, Healthcare, Philadelphia, Technology, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News
Curbside Care is in the Venture Initiation Program and the University City Science Center digital health accelerator, and First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund has invested. How plugged in to the Wharton/Penn entrepreneurial community are Scott Ames #WG15 and Grant Mitchell #WG14/#M14! Read more here.
Aug 5, 2014
The New Yorker: Companies With Benefits
Alumni in the News, social entrepreneurship, VIP alumni in the News, WBPC finalists/winners
“We wanted to build a business that could make profits. But we also wanted to build a business that did good in the world.” –Neil Blumenthal WG’10, co-founder of Warby Parker. Read more about The New Yorker’s take on B corps here.
Jul 30, 2014
Technically Philly: Best of Philly 2014: The Best Philadelphians
Alumni in the News, innovation, Philadelphia, social entrepreneurship, Undergrads, VIP Companies in the News
Best Entrepreneur goes to Dan Fine W’15, founder of GlassU and Dosed, and Best Education Innovator goes to Alejandro Gac0Artigas GED’11, founder of Springboard Collaborative. Read more here.
Jul 23, 2014
TechCrowd: How to crowdfund without losing your shirt
WE Faculty in the News
“The danger of fraud is pretty low, but there’s a good chance that your products will be delivered late and potentially in a slightly different form than you originally intended.” That’s Wharton Professor Ethan Mollick’s assessment of the reality of the “fraud” problem on crowdfunding sites.
Jul 18, 2014
Philly.com: Matt & Marie’s offers new take on Italian sandwich
Alumni in the News, Philadelphia, VIP alumni in the News, WBPC finalists/winners, Wharton Business Plan Competition, Women entrepreneurs
Great Q&A with Nicole Capp WG’14, co-founder of Matt & Marie’s Italian Sandwiches, with a nice shout-out to the WBPC. “Just call these sandwich makers Italian Stallions.” Yes.
Read more here.
Jul 10, 2014
Ernst and Young: 2014 winners announced
Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News
Jake Schwartz WG’08, founder of General Assembly, was named a 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New York. Read more here.
Jul 1, 2014
Wired: Is Warby Parker Too Good to Last?
Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News, WBPC finalists/winners
So proud that Warby Parker, founded by 4 Wharton MBAs while they were students, has distributed 1 million pairs of glasses to people in need.
Growing a business, changing the world. Read about why this worries Wired here.