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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 15, 2015

Yahoo: Girl On The Millennial Train

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

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

Alumni in the News

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

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

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

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

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

WE Faculty in the News

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

Alumni in the News

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.

Apr 9, 2015

Indian Express: Snapdeal Proposes to Freecharge in Cute Twitter Union

Alumni in the News, India

Snapdeal found a fun way to announce their acquisition of Freecharge, in a cute Twitter “proposal”. The clever announcement may have gotten more press than the business deal. Check it out here.

Apr 7, 2015

Philadelphia Magazine: Barring Is the Coolest New Eyewear Startup in Philly

VIP Companies in the News

Wharton VIP company Barring Eyewear, founded by Joseph Hwang C’16 and Eric Fiore W’16, was declared the “coolest new eyewear startup in Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine. Read more here.

Mar 27, 2015

Fox Business: JibJab’s ‘funny button’ for Facebook Messenger

Alumni in the News

Facebook has a new ‘funny button’, from JibJab, co-founded by Gregg Spiridellis WG’99. Watch Gregg explain on Fox Business here.

Mar 25, 2015

Philly.com: Penn grads win chance to change the world

social entrepreneurship, VIP Companies in the News, WE Students in the News, Women entrepreneurs

Katlyn Grasso W’15, Founder of GenHERation, Wharton VIP member, Wharton BPC semifinalist, Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow, and Wharton WVA winner, was named one of five Penn seniors chosen to receive the inaugural “President’s Engagement Prize.” Read more about the award here.

Mar 24, 2015

Zagat: 10 Must-Try Italian Hoagies in Philly

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

Matt & Marie’s (founded by Justin Sapolshy W’08/WG’1 and Nicole Capp WG’14) made a Zagat list: their “Italian Stallion” sandwich is on the list of “10 Must-Try Italian Hoagies in Philly.”

Mar 16, 2015

Technically Philly: Bioprinter startup BioBots wins ‘Most Innovative’ at SXSW Accelerator

Alumni in the News, innovation, Undergrads, VIP Companies in the News, WE Students in the News

Wharton VIP company BioBots, founded by Daniel Cabrera ENG’14 and Ricardo Solorzano ENG’13, was named Most Innovative company at South by Southwest. Read more here.

Mar 5, 2015

Poets and Quants: Wharton’s Big Push Into Startups

Wharton entrepreneurship

Poets and Quants published an extensive Q&A with Wharton Entrepreneurship Academic Director Raffi Amit and Managing Director Clare Leinweber. Read “Wharton’s Big Push Into Startups” here.

Mar 2, 2015

Poets and Quants: Newly Updated: The Top 100 MBA Startups Of 2015

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Poets and Quants annual “Top 100 MBA Startups” article includes a great plug for the Venture Initiation Program from Wharton alumnus David Klein. Read it here.

Feb 13, 2015

Marc Lore’s Jet raises $140M

Alumni in the News

Business Insider: A startup that you can’t even use yet just raised $140 million to take on Amazon

Business Insider: A founder who raised $220 million before his startup launched explains why he needed all that money

CNBC: He sold his firm to Amazon—now he’s gunning for it


Marc Lore is a Wharton alumnus. He will speak at the 9th Annual Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Dinner on March 19, 2015.

Feb 9, 2015

Fast Company: Most Innovative Company 2015: Warby Parker

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#WhartonGrad-founded Warby Parker just got named #1 Most Innovative Company 2015 by Fast Company! “For building the first great made-on-the-internet brand.” Read more here.

Jan 28, 2015

Seventeen: Real Girls Doing Amazing Things!

VIP Companies in the News, WE Students in the News, Women entrepreneurs

Wharton undergrad Katlyn Grasso, founder of GenHERation, is in Seventeen Magazine! One of their featured Real Girls Doing Amazing Things. We couldn’t agree more, Seventeen–Katlyn is amazing. Read more here.

Jan 21, 2015

Zagat: 2014’s Hottest Philly Restaurant Openings & Food Trends

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

“Brimming with soul” — that’s how Zagat describes the sandwiches at Matt and Marie’s, founded by Matt Sapolsky #W08/#WG14 and Nicole Capp #WG14. Read more here.

Jan 16, 2015

Forbes 30-under-30

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

Forbes: Several Wharton alumni made the Forbes 30-under-30 list, including Nat Turner (W’08), David Fajgenbaum (MD’13, MSC Public’13, WG’14), Arun Mathew (ENG’07/W’07), Noah Ready-Campbell (ENG’10/W’10), Deepa Gandhi (WG’13) and Stephanie Weiner (W’14).

Jan 15, 2015

Marketplace: Shazam CEO: Introducing visual ‘Shazaming’

Alumni in the News, WE Board Members

Shazam CEO and WE Board member Rich Riley #W96 explains “Shazaming” and more to Marketplace. Listen here.

Jan 12, 2015

Marc Lore’s Jet.com gets great press

Alumni in the News

Jan 12, 2015

Sharktank: Doorman Wants All the Sharks

Alumni in the News

Now that’s poise under pressure! Watch Zander Adell #WG12, founder of Doorman, negotiate with the Sharks — everybody wants a bite. Watch highlights here.

Jan 3, 2015

Fortune: At Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, MBA startup fever takes hold

WE Faculty in the News, Wharton entrepreneurship

Fortune Magazine writes, “At Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, MBA startup fever takes hold. Wharton Lecturer Patrick FitzGerald is quoted. Read the article here.

Dec 18, 2014

Esquire: The Age of Exuberance

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

“We had the ability to do something that brought joy and happiness.” Neil Blumenthal on why he and three other #WhartonGrad(s) founded Warby Parker. Read more here.

Dec 12, 2014

New York Times: The Cult of the Bulletproof Coffee Diet

Alumni in the News

David Asprey  #WG04 is why you’re drinking buttered coffee for breakfast. Read more here.

Dec 11, 2014

New York Times: Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

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The Opinionator weighs in with Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014, and includes Springboard Collaborative, founded by Alejandro Gac-Artigas#GED11, Wharton VIP alumnus. Read more here.

Dec 10, 2014

Forbes: Student Debt As An Asset Class: A $1 Trillion Opportunity?


Wharton alumni and CommonBond founders David Klein and Mike Taormina: great photo of them in Forbes, and great article about how CommonBond (among others) is making an opportunity out of student debt. Read more here.

Dec 3, 2014

New York Times: Investors Bet Big on Harry’s, the Warby Parker of Shaving

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Another $75 million for Harry’s (co-founded by Jeff Raider #WG10), bringing the total raised to over $200 million. Wow! Read more here.

Dec 2, 2014

CNBC: Start-up gives secondhand a fresh start

Alumni in the News

That’s Eurie Kim ‪#‎WG09‬ on the @CNBC ‪#‎PowerPitch‬ panel! Watch her evaluate how viable this online consignment store is: http://whr.tn/1v59YMc

Dec 1, 2014

USA Today: 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year: Warby Parker: A visionary approach to selling eyewear

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Who’s that headlining USA Today’s Entrepreneur of the Year series? Warby Parker, founded by 4 #WhartonGrad(s)! So proud of these amazing entrepreneurs. Read more here.

Nov 25, 2014

Wall Street Journal: Should Crowdfunding Sites Do More to Vet Projects?

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Wharton Prof Ethan Mollick is the go-to guy for comment on crowdfunding fraud, thanks to his study last year. See what he told the Wall Street Journal.

Nov 17, 2014

Wall Street Journal: Warby Parker Adds Storefronts to Its Sales Strategy

Alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Warby Parker (founded by 4 Wharton MBA students), has expanded from their original online model to brick-and-mortar. How’s that working out for them?

“The stores sell an average of $3,000 a square foot annually, higher than most retailers not named Apple Inc.” Okay, then. Read more here.

Nov 3, 2014

Wall Street Journal: Are Entrepreneurs Different Than the Rest of Us?

WE Faculty in the News

Wharton prof Laura Huang answers this eternal question. Read more here.

Oct 27, 2014

NBC Nightly News: Startup Turns Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences Into Good Deeds

Alumni in the News

What celebrity would you pay $10 for a chance to meet? Omaze, founded by Matt Pohlson WG’11, raises money for charity by offering people the chance to win an experience with their favorite celebrity. And they’re raising big bucks.

Watch the segment here.

Oct 13, 2014

Wall Street Journal: VerbalizeIt Raises Seed Round for Translation Services for Businesses

Alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

An $830,000 seed round for VerbalizeIt, founded by Ryan Frankel WG’12. Read more here.

Oct 3, 2014

Forbes: New Crop Of Startups Shows ‘Media’ No Longer A Bad Word For Investors

Alumni in the News

Forbes takes a look at some new media startups, including Stringr–founded by Lindsay Stewart, Brian McNeill, and Renato Martins, all #WG14–which aims to deliver footage of anything, anywhere, in 60 minutes.

Oct 2, 2014

Forbes: For Commercial Crew, NASA Goes Back To The Future

WE Faculty in the News

Prof Laura Huang weighs in on NASA’s recent budgeting decisions. Read more here.

Oct 1, 2014

Chicago Business: Redesigning the ice cream scoop

innovation, WE Faculty in the News

How Prof Karl Ulrich & entrepreneur (and former student) Alan Cook #W95 redesigned the ice cream scoop. Read more here.

Oct 1, 2014

Philadelphia Business Journal: More women-run startups than ever in new DreamIt Philly class

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

Philadelphia Business Journal interviews the founder and CEO of PopInShop, Allison Berliner #WG13, one of four women founders (out of a class of twelve) in the latest DreamIt Philly. Read more here.

Sep 29, 2014

Tech Cocktail: Patrick Fitzgerald: Entrepreneur Profile

WE Faculty in the News

Profile of an Entrepreneur: Patrick Fitzgerald, Wharton Lecturer, VIP Advisor, and Managing Director at DreamIt Ventures Philly. Read the profile here.

Sep 29, 2014

Philly.com: Tech Deals: $ for RightCare; RJMetrics; Clounexa pact; Picwell launch

Alumni in the News, WBPC finalists/winners

Not only did RJMetrics, founded by Jake Stein #WG06, raise $16.5 million, but RightCare Solutions, founded by Eric Heil #WG12, Matt Tanzer #WG12 & Mrinal Bhasker #WG12, raised $4 million. Congrats to all! Read more here.

Sep 29, 2014

TechCrunch: Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

Alumni in the News

“Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital”

We couldn’t have said it better, TechCrunch, except to add that RJMetrics was founded by Jake Stein W’06. Read more here.

Sep 26, 2014

Technically Philly: Wireless thermometer Fever Smart nears $40K crowdfunding goal


Fever Smart, founded by four Penn students–Aaron Goldstein, William Duckworth, Becca Goldstein, & Colin Hill–hit 75% of their $40K crowdfunding goal in under 24 hours. They’re currently at more than 130% of goal, with 27 days left. Read more here.