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Dec 3, 2014

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

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

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

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

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?

WE Faculty in the News, WE Research in the News

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

Undergrads

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.

Sep 26, 2014

Tech Cocktail: Who is Philadelphia’s Hottest Showcasing Startup?

Alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Vote for VIP company BioBots as Philly’s Hottest Startup! Founded by Daniel Cabrera #ENG14 & Ricard Solorzano #ENG13. Vote here.

Sep 25, 2014

Philadelphia Business Journal: Wharton duo makes bachelorette party planning easy

Alumni in the News, VIP, Women entrepreneurs

This duo makes bachelorette party planning easy: Tisha Vaidya & Lauren Raouf both #WG15, founders of My Best Friend’s Wedding. Read more here.

Sep 25, 2014

Education Week: What’s in a STartup Name? How to Choose One That Fits Your Company

Alumni in the News, VIP alumni in the News

Betty Hsu WG’14 muses on how to choose the right name for your startup… and how she ended up with ProfessorWord as the name of hers. Read her blog post here.

Sep 25, 2014

Wall Street Journal: Baseball Suit Calls Out Minor-League Pay

WE Faculty in the News

Yes, that’s our own Bob Chalfin #W78/#WG78, Wharton Lecturer, giving the Wall Street Journal the lowdown on the finances of Minor League Baseball. Read more here.

Sep 25, 2014

Philly.com: New online space marries Etsy and Mr. Porter

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

Want some American-made men’s clothing and accessories? Goods of Record, founded by Sathish Naadimuthu #C08/#WG15, has got them for you. Check out his interview with Philly.com here.

Sep 12, 2014

Technically Philly: RJMetrics now has an official maternity leave policy

Alumni in the News

RJMetrics, co-founded by Jake Stein W’06, has now got an official maternity leave policy — in fact, a whole employee guidebook. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2014

Technically Philly: Meet the 12 companies in DreamIt Ventures’ 2014 Philly class

Alumni in the News

Meet the 12 companies in DreamIt Ventures’ 2014 Philly class – Including PopInShop, founded by Allison Berliner WG’13 and Roopak Majmudar G’13/WG’13. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2014

Education Week: My Unlikely Road to Entrepreneurship

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

Betty Hsu WG’14, founder of ProfessorWord, is writing a blog for Education Week! Here’s her first post.

Sep 9, 2014

Technically Philly: Bespoke tailor Prince & Baron looks to ecommerce

Alumni in the News, Women entrepreneurs

They just opened a showroom in Center City this summer, but custom menswear startup Prince & Baron (founded by Stephanie Mou WG’14) is setting its sights on ecommerce. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2014

Supercompressor.com: These Guys Handpick Tomorrow’s Biggest Handmade Brands

Alumni in the News

Great press for newly launched and Wharton MBA founded Goods of Record! Supercompressor.com says the founders have “great taste” and encourages you to “pay attention” – we agree! Read more here.

Sep 9, 2014

Technically Philly: Menswear startup Goods of Record pairs handmade with high-gloss

Alumni in the News

“Customers are caring more and more about where their products come from, how they’re made, and the people behind them,” said co-founder Trey Sisson WG’15 (w/ co-founder Sathish Naadimuthu C’08/WG’15). Read more here.

Sep 5, 2014

Huffington Post: Outdoor Company Cotopaxi Puts Its Money Where Its Heart Is

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We [heart] Davis Smith #WG11/#G11 and his new “outdoor gear company with a mission”, Cotopaxi. So it’s nice to see that Huff Post does, too. Plus shout-outs to #WhartonGrad-founded companies Warby Parker and Harry’s!

Read more here.

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.

Sep 2, 2014

Fast Company: What It’s Like To Drink Bulletproof Coffee Every Morning For Two Weeks

Alumni in the News

A Fast Company writer spent two weeks breakfasting on Bulletproof Coffee (founded by David Asprey #WG04) every day for two weeks. Here’s how he felt.

Aug 29, 2014

Economic Times: From banker to baker, Neha Arya Sethi is a sweet cookie!

Alumni in the News, India, Women entrepreneurs

The identity of the Sweetish House mafia (SHM), Mumbai’s renegade cookie baker, is revealed: Neha Arya Sethi #W07, who went from banker to baker. Read more here.

Aug 29, 2014

Financial Express: Snapdeal snaps $1-billion sales, to sell homes now

Alumni in the News, India

Huge congratulations to Kunal Bahl #W06/#ENG06 and his company Snapdeal, which has just surpassed $1 billion in gross merchandise sales! Read more here.

Aug 28, 2014

Forbes: 6 Secrets of Great Resumes, Backed By Psychology

Alumni in the News

Jon Youshaei, Huntsman Program 2013 grad, has a column in Forbes! Today, he wants to help you get your dream job by giving 6 tips for a great resume. Read more here.

Aug 25, 2014

Business Insider: Four UPenn Students Built A Smart Thermometer To Help Parents Monitor Their Kids’ Fevers Anytime, Anywhere

Healthcare, Undergrads

Now you can measure your kid’s fever from anywhere. Is there anything a smartphone can’t do, once 4 Penn students put their minds to it? Read more here.

Aug 22, 2014

Entrepreneur Magazine: Help Select Our ‘College Entrepreneur of 2014′

Healthcare, Undergrads

Aaron Goldstein W’16, founder of LifePatch, is one of five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine’s “College Entrepreneur of 2014″. Read more, and cast your vote, here.

Aug 22, 2014

Philadelphia Business Journal: Student-run retail analytics startup nabs $20,000 from Dorm Room Fund

Undergrads, VIP Companies in the News

$20,000 for student startup Prayas Analytics from Dorm Room Fund! Read more here.

Aug 22, 2014

Business Insider: People Who Work In Tech Say These Are The 10 Best Business Schools In The World

Technology, Wharton entrepreneurship

Business Insider asked 10,00 readers to help them select the World’s Best Business Schools, and then they filtered those polled for those who work in tech. The result is a slightly different list, and we’re proud to see that Wharton rings in at #4! Read more here.

Aug 19, 2014

HuffPost Live: Meet The College Student Making A Difference For The Next GenHERation

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

Wharton undergrad Katlyn Grasso, founder of GenHERation, gave HuffPost Live her story. See it here.

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 19, 2014

Ethan Mollick’s new crowdfunding research gets great press

WE Faculty in the News, WE Research in the News

Aug 15, 2014

TechCrunch: With Prayas Analytics, Retailers Can Use In-Store Footage To Become More Efficient

Undergrads, VIP, WE Students in the News

Sick of waiting too long in line? Prayas Analytics, founded by undergrads Yash Kothari and Pranshu Maheshwari, wants to help stores fix this and similar problems with the in-store experience. Read more here.

Aug 13, 2014

The Economic Times: New-age success mantra: Choosing winners through crowdsourcing

India, WE Faculty in the News, WE Research in the News

The Economic Times of India reports on Wharton prof Ethan Mollick’s new study, which asks whether crowds or experts do better at picking winning projects. Read more here.

Aug 11, 2014

Crowdfund Insider: Harvard Business School: CrowdWisdom or CrowdMadness?

WE Faculty in the News, WE Research in the News

Crowdfund Insider takes a stab at unpacking Wharton prof Ethan Mollick’s newest study evaluating “crowd judgment vs. expert prognostication.” Read more here.

Aug 8, 2014

Huffintgon Post: Meet The Penn Student Who Started His Own Business Selling Custom College Sunglasses

Undergrads, VIP alumni in the News, VIP Companies in the News

Even Huff Post want to talk about Dan Fine, current Wharton student and serial entrepreneur. Read more here.

Aug 7, 2014

Business Because: MBA Entrepreneurship: Find Your Dream Team At Business School

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

Business school as the place to find your entrepreneurial dream team. Worked for Seratis founders Divya Dhar #WG14 and Lane Rettig #WG’14! Read more here.

Aug 6, 2014

Fast Company: Raising Sustainable, Grass-Fed Beef? There Is, Of Course, Even An App For That

Alumni in the News, social entrepreneurship

Big congrats to the first winner of the CommonBond Social Impact Award! CommonBond was, of course, founded by David Klein, Michael Taormina and Jessup Shean, who met at Wharton. Read more here.

Aug 6, 2014

Business Standard: Flipkart CEO wanted to be a gamer, Snapdeal chief a food and film critic

Alumni in the News, India

Kunal Bahl #W06/#E06 tells India’s Business Standard that if he hadn’t started a wildly successful e-commerce company, he would have like to be “a travelling food and movie critic, and eventually make documentaries.” The path not taken, Kunal.

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 31, 2014

Business Insider: Why More MBAs Are Becoming Entrepreneurs Straight Out Of Business School

VIP, WE Faculty in the News

“MBA students are good at seeking where the opportunities are,” says Wharton prof Ethan Mollick, explaning why more and more MBAs are becoming entrepreneurs. Read more here.