Business Insider: How ‘The Paradox Of Mandatory Fun’ Ruins Games At Work

April 11, 2014

“Just because you sell it as fun doesn’t mean people will find it as fun,” warns Wharton prof Ethan Mollick.
See what else he has to say on the subject of “mandatory fun.” Includes helpful hints on how to use gamification to your advantage: MORE

Forbes: Tired Of Hustling As A Freelancer? These Companies Will Find Gigs For You (For Free!)

April 11, 2014

Skillbridge (founded by Raj Jeyakumar & Brett Lewis, both WG’13) isn’t just making it easier, and cheaper, for companies to hire consultants — it’s also helping freelancers get well-paying work. MORE

Entrepreneur: 6 Hot Healthcare Companies: From Smart Pill Bottles to Smart Diapers, What’s Driving Innovation in Medical Tech

April 11, 2014

Entrepreneur Magazine rounds up 6 Hot Healthcare Companies that are driving innovation in medical tech — no surprise that AdhereTech, founded by Josh Stein WG’12, made the list. MORE

Philly.com: They haul thousands of pounds of laundry on bikes

April 11, 2014

Wash Cycle Laundry wants to both clean your clothes and make you feel good about it. Founded by Gabriel Mandujano W’05, it’s green, it’s cheap, and it’s all done via bike. MORE

India Economic Times: Kunal Bahl, founder-CEO of Snapdeal talks about his favourite restaurants & culinary cravings

April 11, 2014

The favorite eats of Snapdeal founder Kunal Bahl (M&T’06) in his student days and beyond: MORE

Reuters peHUB: Startup seeks to match up projects with consultants: Buyouts

April 11, 2014

Reuters peHUB takes a look at Skillbridge’s disruptive business model for consulting. Some more great press for founders Raj Jeyakumar and Brett Lewis, both WG’13: MORE

60 Minutes: Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s industrial empire

April 11, 2014

“Musk may be changing the car the way Steve Jobs changed the phone.”
60 Minutes does an amazing segment on Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s Industrial Empire. MORE

Philly.com: Office Style: Curalate

April 3, 2014

Sartorial as well as entrepreneurial success: Apu Gupta WG’05 and his team at Curalate model their Office Style for Philly.com: MORE

USA Today: Strategies: Best route to venture capital? Be a man

April 3, 2014

The Remington Steele theory of how to raise venture capital for the female entrepreneur, with quotes from Wharton prof Laura Huang. MORE

BBC: The guitar firm playing a new fundraising tune

April 3, 2014

“I think equity crowdfunding could be viable, but I think you need to wait to see how it all works out,” says Wharton prof and crowdfunding guru Ethan Mollick to the BBC: MORE

NPR’s Marketplace: Shop and charge: stores offer cellphone charging

April 3, 2014

NPR’s Marketplace looks at whether Wharton alum Doug Baldasare’s ChargeItSpot actually translates to more sales for brick-and-mortar shops. MORE

Forbes: Dogs, Cats And A Moneymaking Machine: Meet Petplan

April 3, 2014

Forbes tells the tale (pun intended!) of PetPlan, the wildly successful pet insurance company founded by Chris and Natasha Ashton, both WG’03. MORE

Axis Philly: Innovation, Inc.

March 31, 2014

“He took a place that was just a bunch of laboratories and some office buildings, and made it a vibrant centerpiece of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

That’s Steve Goodman W’62,L’65, longtime Morgan Lewis startup lawyer and WE board member, talking about Steve Tang WG’92, and all he’s done to transform the University City Science Center. MORE

New York Times: LiveSafe, a Safety App, Raises $6.5 Million From IAC and Others; Diller Joins Board

March 31, 2014

Big congrats to LiveSafe, founded by Jeff Grass WG’99, for raising $6.5M!
Fun fact: Jeff’s team was a finalist in the very first Wharton Business Plan Competition in spring 1999. See where the WBPC takes you? MORE

Fast Company: Warby Parker’s New Store Delivers Your Glasses Via Pneumatic Tube

March 31, 2014

Totally out of new ideas, Warby Parker installs pneumatic tubes. No, wait, that’s completely brilliant in a charmingly twee, surprisingly useful fashion. MORE

NPR Marketplace: AirBnB got 99 problems but going public ain’t one

March 31, 2014

2 reasons to click & listen:
1) Awesome quirky segment title: “AirBnB got 99 problems but going public ain’t one.”
2) Quote from our very own serial entrepreneur and Wharton lecturer, Patrick Fitzgerald! MORE

CBS News: Who’s America’s No. 1 CEO? He’s not a household name

March 31, 2014

Jeff Weiner WG’92 and winner of the Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award may just be America’s #1 CEO. He got a 100% approval rating from subordinates on Glassdoor.
Check out this interview with CBS This Morning: MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: Startup PHL awards five Philadelphia groups Call for Ideas grants

March 31, 2014

Fabio Fleitas ENG’16, Sean Lynch, and Ascanio Guarini just got a $25K grant from Startup PHL to help fund their PennApps Fellows Internship Program. They’re going to bring college students from around the country to Philly to intern at local startups. MORE

Fast Times: CommonBond extends MBA loan scheme

March 20, 2014

Great news from CommonBond (founded by Wharton alums David Klein and Mike Taormina) — they’re expanding their student loan refinance program to include grads of Law, Medical, and Engineering programs, in addition to MBAers. MORE

Entrepreneur: How Warby Parker Used the Element of Surprise to Win Over Customers

March 20, 2014

What would you do differently, if you could do it all again?
Neil Blumenthal WG’10, co-founder of Warby Parker, tells Entrepreneur Magazine that he’d “take more creative risks”. For what else 20/20 hindsight has taught Neil, read on: MORE

Trend Hunter: Building Around the User Experience

March 20, 2014

JibJab co-founder Gregg Spiridellis WG’99 on how to create and grow a culture of innovation. And be really, really funny while you do it.
A cabin in the woods does come in to play. MORE

Forbes: Now, It’s The Big Time Consultants That Are Getting Disrupted

March 20, 2014

Disrupt, disrupt, disrupt.
Big time consulting is the next industry that’s under attack by new ways of doing business. Like, for example, Skillbridge, founded by Wharton (and Venture Initiation Program) alumni Raj Jeyakumar and Brett Lewis.
That’s what Forbes thinks, anyway. MORE

TechCrunch: Reelio Raises “Seven-Figure” Seed Funding To Connect Advertisers And Creators On YouTube | TechCrunch

March 14, 2014
The self-described “Match.com of brands and creators on YouTube”–Reelio, founded by Pete Borum WG’13–landed nearly $1.3 million in seed funding. MORE

Business Insider: The One Statistic That Matters Most To Warby Parker’s Founders

March 14, 2014
Their high Net Promotor Score (NPS) may be the secret to Warby Parker’s success. Business Insider explains: MORE

Nature: In business as in science, prejudice holds women back

March 14, 2014
Wharton prof Laura Huang is surprised by the findings of her own study: not only are investors 60% more likely to invest in pitches presented by men than by women, but good looking men get an advantage, whereas good looking women do not. Huh. Read on for more insight: MORE

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