Why I Went Back

Michael Taormina WG’15, Co-founder of CommonBond

Last Sunday, I graduated as a member of the MBA Class of 2015. Sure, it took me four years to graduate from the two-year program…but it was for good reason and certainly worth the wait. Originally a member of the Class of 2013, I took a leave of absence in 2012 to focus full-time on CommonBond, a marketplace lending platform for student loans that I co-founded in fall 2011 during my first semester at Wharton.

Mike Taormina WG'15 with his fiancee Sarah at Commencement.
Michael Taormina WG’15 with his fiancee Sarah at Commencement.

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Congratulations, Graduates!

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Lane Rettig GraduationEvery year, Wharton Entrepreneurship goes through the bittersweet process of seeing our students graduate. We’ve watched them come up with a venture concept, do research, cold-call industry leaders,  write plans, change plans, find co-founders, chat up alumni, have disagreements with co-founders, scrap venture concepts completely come up with new ideas, plan these out based on better research with new partners, launch their business, raise funds, pivot… and on and on. The entrepreneurial life is one of many twists and turns, a unique journey for every person who engages in it. Read more Congratulations, Graduates!