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Jan 14, 2016

TechCrunch: Analytics Firm App Annie Raises $63 Million in Series E Funding

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$63 million in new funding — bringing the total funding to roughly $157 million — for App Annie, founded by Bertrand Schmitt WG’04. Read more in TechCrunch.

Jan 7, 2016

Forbes: 30 under 30

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

We counted 26 Wharton or Penn alumni on this year’s Forbes 30-under-30 list. Seven are in VC, and eleven are entrepreneurs. We are especially proud of Dan Fine W’15, Founder of Glass-U who received a Wharton Venture Award and was a member of VIP with two different ventures while he was a student, and Danny Cabrera ENG’14 and Ricky Solarzano ENG’13, Co-founders of Biobots, a VIP company.

Jan 6, 2016

New York Times: Roche Leads a $175 Million Investment in Flatiron Health

Alumni in the News

$175 million for Flatiron Health, founded by ‪#‎WhartonGrad‬(s) Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg.
Nat says: “We plan to go public in two to three years…. To do so, we’ll have to meet certain financial metrics, and this investment sets us up to do that.”

Dec 21, 2015

Forbes: Here’s How To Launch A Product Without Spending A Dime

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Rajat Bhageria, Penn undergrad and co-founder of ThirdEye, explains in Forbes how his team is launching their startup without spending a dime.

Dec 14, 2015

CNBC: Next big trend in tech: Higher education

Alumni in the News

Watch General Assembly founder Jake Schwarts #WG’08 and esteemed VC Fred Wilson WG’87 discuss the future of higher ed on CNBC.

Dec 8, 2015

Philly.com: Warby Parker getting a visible Center City presence

Alumni in the News

Welcome home Warby Paker! Started right here in Philly by 4 Wharton students, WP is finally opening a brick-and-mortar shop in Center City. Philly.com has the story.

Dec 8, 2015

Business Insider: Nearly 1 in 10 Kickstarter projects will fail, study reveals

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Wharton Professor Ethan Mollick’s research on Kickstarter, based on surveys with 500,000 Kickstarter backers, is big news. Here’s what Business Insider made of it all.

Dec 4, 2015

Forbes: Surprise Retail Innovation: Recharge Your Phone at Bergdorf Goodman For Free

Alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Here’s how to make shoppers say “Wow! What customer service”—install a ChargeItSpot (founded by Doug Baldasare WG’12) to let customers recharge their phones for free while they shop. At least, that was the response of this Forbes writer.

Nov 18, 2015

New York Times: At Of Mercer, Making Workwear Less Work

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

“’There is no word in English for chic,’ the fashion writer Elizabeth Hawes wrote in 1938. She was right, and Wharton is probably the last place in the English-speaking world where you might expect to find anything approaching that term.” This hilarious gem of a quotation appears midway through a glowing story about Of Mercer (founded by Dorie Smith WG’13 and Emelyn Northway WG’13) in the New York Times.

Nov 10, 2015

Inc. Magazine: Taking the Pain Out of Slow Payments

Alumni in the News

Improving B2B payments for the customer and the supplier: Tesorio (founded by Carlos Vega C’03/WG’14 and Fabio Fleitas ENG’16) is doing it, and Inc. Magazine has the story.

Nov 9, 2015

Philly.com: Eyelash extensions: The high-maintenance beauty service for the low-maintenance person

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Philly.com gave LashBee (founded by Anjali Bhatia WG’15 and Erin Soletski WG’15) eyelash extensions a try. Spoiler alert: “I absolutely love them,” was the response.

Nov 8, 2015

Fortune: The Biggest Downside of Moving to Silicon Valley

Alumni in the News

Cataluv founder Allison Berliner WG’13 explains in Fortune why she left Philly for Silicon Valley.

Nov 6, 2015

NPR: The Un-College That’s Training $100,000 App Developers

Alumni in the News

General Assembly, founded by Jake Schwartz WG’08, is partnering with Google to offer courses on how to build apps for Android. NPR interviewed Jake about how GA, and skills-education in general, is growing.

Nov 4, 2015

Fortune: Jet.com Raises $500 Million led by Fidelity

Alumni in the News

Jet, founded by Wharton alumnus Marc Lore, raised $500 million. The startup is valued at $1 billion “pre-money” – excluding the funding. Fortune covered the round.

Nov 4, 2015

Business Insider: Getting sick in China might’ve been the best thing to happen to this startup founder

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Getting sick in China may have been the best thing to happen to Ryan Frankel WG’12. It’s when he came up with the idea for his startup, VerbalizeIt. Business Insider covered his story.

Nov 3, 2015

Yahoo: This Recent Grad is Traveling the U.S. to Pick a Place to Live

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

In the five months since she graduated, Katlyn Grasso W’15, founder of GenHERation, has taken 40 trips to expand her startup. $150,000 from one of the first President’s Engagement Prizes made this possible. She describes her adventures on Yahoo.

Oct 27, 2015

Economic Times: ET Awards 2015: Snapdeal cofounder Kunal Bahl wins Entrepreneur of the Year award

Alumni in the News, India

The Economic Times named Kunal Bahl W’06/ENG’06 Entrepreneur of the Year.


Oct 25, 2015

Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s Coolest Companies 2015

Alumni in the News

Philadelphia Magazine named Philly’s coolest companies, and two Wharton alumni founded startups made the list: Curalate, founded by Apu Gupta WG’05 and RJMetrics, co-founded by Jake Stein W’06. Read the story here.

Oct 23, 2015

Fortune: This new store promises to help women with the impossible: looking cool at work

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

Dorie Golkin and Emelyn Northway (both WG’13) just opened their first brick-and-mortar Of Mercer store! While the clothes are perfect “desk-to-anything” attire, the coolest part is that the store doubles as a place for female entrepreneurs to network and hang out. Read more.

Oct 20, 2015

VentureBeat: Ampush gets $15M from partner Red Ventures for mobile social advertising software

Alumni in the News

Ampush, co-founded by Chris Amos W’06, Aniket Shah W’06, and Jesse Pujji C’06/W’06, raised $15 million for their mobile social advertising software. VentureBeat has the story.

Oct 15, 2015

TechCrunch: Kinnek, A Small Biz Marketplace, Raises $20 Million Led By Thrive Capital

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Kinnek, co-founded by Karthik Sridharan W’07/ENG’07, raises $20 million in Series B funding. Read the story in TechCrunch.

Oct 13, 2015

New York Times: Thinking Outside the Box by Moving Into One

Alumni in the News

The New York Times covered the story of Luke Iseman W’05, who is battling high rents in the Bay Area by converting shipping containers into homes.

Oct 6, 2015

New York Times: Smile! Photo Booths Prove You’re a Happy Customer

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

Warby Parker is in the news again, this time for installing photo booths in their stores, making the shopping experience more social and, hopefully, more fun. Read the story in The New York Times.

Sep 18, 2015

Marketplace: 40 is the magic number at Philly’s Pizzeria Beddia

WE Faculty in the News

Wharton prof Raffi Amit weighs in on the economics of the best pizza in America, Pizzeria Beddia, on Marketplace Business News.

Sep 16, 2015

Wall Street Journal: How Colleges Can Teach Entrepreneurship

WE Faculty in the News

Wharton Vice Dean and Prof Karl Ulrich blogs for the Wall Street Journal, and answers the question: “Can entrepreneurship really be taught in a university?”

Sep 14, 2015

Forbes: How Running A Startup Taught Me More Than School Ever Could

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Rajat Bhageria ENG’18, VIP member and Co-founder of ThirdEye, writes for Forbes about how much he’s learned by starting a company as a student.

Sep 10, 2015

CCTV: Charting a new course for growth

China, WE Faculty in the News

Can China replicate Silicon Valley? Karl Ulrich of Wharton and Dean Vijay Kumar of Engineering were interviewed about innovation on Chinese television in Beijing. See the clip here.

Sep 8, 2015

Morning Edition: Why Are Women Less Likely To Become Entrepreneurs Than Men?

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Research by Wharton Prof Ethan Mollick was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition in a discussion on “Why Are Women Less Likely To Become Entrepreneurs Than Men?”

Aug 11, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle: Google’s Alphabet plan shows the company has lost a bit of edge

WE Faculty in the News

Google is dividing its “old vanguard” businesses from its “new, moonshot” ones, says Wharton Prof David Hsu. Read more here.

Aug 4, 2015

Fortune Magazine: Call this company the ‘Airbnb of boats.’ (Then hop aboard.)

WE Faculty in the News

What does Wharton Prof David Hsu think of ‘the Airbnb of boats’? Fortune Magazine knows.

Jul 27, 2015

Elle: 8 Apps That Will Change the Way You Decorate

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Cataluv, the new app from Allison Berliner WG’13, was one of Elle’s “8 Apps That Will Change The Way You Decorate”.

Jul 7, 2015

TechCrunch: Harry’s Raises $75.6 Million In Series C, Valued At $750 Million Post Money

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Another $75.6 million (Series C) for Harry’s, founded by Jeff Raider WG’10. Now they’re valued at $750 million. Read the story here.

Jul 7, 2015

CNBC: Doing Business In Greece

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What’s it like to be an entrepreneur in Greece? Alexis Pantazis WG’05, Co-founder of Hellas Direct, tells CNBC how he’s been affected by capitol controls in Greece. Watch the video here.

Jul 6, 2015

CNBC: What to know before giving to a crowdfunding project

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Why is fraud fairly rare in crowdfunding? Wharton Professor Ethan Mollick has the answer: “You have a lot of eyeballs on it, and it’s likely someone is going to spot a problem.” CNBC has the story.

Jun 30, 2015

Marketplace: Our Unexpected Tale Of Stumbling Into A Trillion Dollar Market In Fintech

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On Marketplace, Edrizio de la Cruz ‪#‎WG11, Co-founder of Regalii, explains how they stumbled onto a trillion dollar fintech market. Listen here.

Jun 24, 2015

Fox 29: An Inside Look at Local Distilleries

Alumni in the News

Fox 29 goes on a tour of local distilleries, including Cooper River Distillers, founded by James Yoakum ‪#‎W07‬. (Cooper River appears at 2:25.)

Jun 22, 2015

Fox 29: An Inside Look at Local Distilleries

Alumni in the News

Fox 29 goes on a tour of local distilleries, including Cooper River Distillers, founded by James Yoakum W’07. Watch the clip here (Cooper River appears at 2:25).

Jun 18, 2015

Glamour: Toss Those Hand-Me-Down Dishes: Here Are Gorgeous Kitchen Essentials That Don’t Cost a Fortune

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Glamour thinks you should shop for some fabulous–yet affordable–new housewares from recently-launched SNOWE, founded by Andres Modak‪#‎WG12‬/‪#‎G12‬ and Rachel Cohen #WG12. We agree. Read the story here.

Jun 15, 2015

Yahoo: Girl On The Millennial Train

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Katlyn Grasso ‪#‎W15‬, founder of GenHERation, was 1 of 25 young social innovators from around the globe who rode the Millennial Train this spring! Read about her adventures here.

Jun 2, 2015

BloombergBusiness: America’s Unwanted Ivy Leaguers Are Flocking to India

Alumni in the News, India

Kunal Bahl W’06/ENG’06 is one of many Ivy League grads who was kicked out of the US and back to India. Of course, not all of them have started companies valued at about $5 Billion. This BloombergBusiness article on the subject features Kunal prominently.

Jun 1, 2015

Marketplace: The surprising complexity of moving money across borders

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Marketplace digs into the surprising complexity–and difficulty–of moving money across borders. Naturally they talked with Edrizio de la Cruz WG’11, Founder of Regalii. Read (or listen to) the piece here.

Jun 1, 2015

Xconomy: VerbalizeIt Translates Blue Ocean Challenge Entry Into $250K

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

VerbalizeIt, Co-founded by Ryan Frankel WG’12, won the $250,000 top prize at the Colorado State University Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge. Read more here.

May 14, 2015

Huffington Post: Lessons, Reflections and Realizations After My Freshman Year at the University of Pennsylvania

Undergrads, VIP Companies in the News, WBPC finalists/winners, WE Students in the News, Wharton Business Plan Competition

From the Wharton Business Plan Competition to YouthHack Philly to “random adventures to Center City,” David Ongchoco C’18, Co-founder of ThirdEye, reflects on his first year at Penn, and the experience of being a student entrepreneur. Read his Huffington Post piece here.

May 6, 2015

Forbes: The Insider: The Truth Behind Launching And Scaling A Startup

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Ryan Frankel WG’12, Founder of VerbalizeIt, has started a new series on Forbes called The Insider, which promises a “brutally honest” look at what it means to be an entrepreneur. So far, he’s published two posts: read them here.

Apr 30, 2015

Wall Street Journal: Eyeglass Retailer Warby Parker Valued at $1.2 Billion

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Warby Parker, founded by Neil Blumenthal, Dave Gilboa, Jeff Raider, and Andy Hunt—all WG’10, is a “unicorn”. The company is now valued at $1.2 billion. Read more here.

Apr 27, 2015

TechCrunch: Identified Technologies’ Drones Will Automatically Map Your Job Site So You Don’t Have To

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Identified Technologies, founded by Penn alumnus Dick Zhang and Andy Wu GRW’16, was featured in TechCrunch, with a great article about the amazing things their quadrotor drones can do. Read more here.

Apr 21, 2015

Forbes: It’s Time For Silicon Valley To Pivot

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Wharton Professor Kartik Hosanagar wrote, “It’s Time for Silicon Valley To Pivot,” for Forbes. Read the piece here.

Apr 16, 2015

Business Insider: Swipe-to-buy app Spring raises $25 million to become the first big mobile shopping mall

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Spring, founded by David Tisch C’03, raised $25 million to become the “first big mobile shopping mall, as Business Insider put it. Read more here.

Apr 14, 2015

Entrepreneur Magazine: Why Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneur Magazine asks why schools should teach entrepreneurship. Part of the answer is that, according to Wharton prof Ethan Mollick’s recent study, grads who start their own businesses are “significantly happier”. Read the article here.

Apr 11, 2015

ABC’s Shark Tank: Budsies

Alumni in the News

Another Wharton entrepreneur was on Shark Tank (that makes five Wharton-alumni founded companies so far): Alex Furmansky W’07 pitched his company Budsies. Watch him pitch here.