Archive for May, 2011

WSJ: Warby Parker, cofounded by 4 Wharton/Penn alums, featured in “New York Start-Ups Ride Tech Boom”

May 27, 2011

Warby Parker co-founder David Gilboa (WG’10/GEN’10) talks about why they chose New York to set up their online eyeglass-retail business and their fundraising experience. Warby Parker was in the Wharton Venture Initiation Program and a Wharton Venture Award winner in 2010. MORE

Silicon India News features Rohan Deuskar, winner of 2010-11 Wharton Business Plan Competition Grand Prize

May 25, 2011

Silicon India News profiles Wharton alum Rohan Deuskar, winner of the 2010-11 Wharton Business Plan Competition Grand Prize for his venture, Stylitics, which he plans to have become the “Neilsen of clothing”. MORE

Flying Kite News: “An Increasingly More Common Market” features 2 Wharton alums

May 25, 2011

Tatiana Garcia-Granados (C’97/WG’03) and Haile Johnston (W’95) are seeking to bring locally grown food to institutions in the Philadelphia area. Their food distribution company, Common Market Philadelphia, serves a range of clients including The William Penn Charter School, Cooper Hospital and Jefferson University Hospitals. MORE

Forbes features Coursekit & co-founder Joe Cohen W’13

May 23, 2011

Read about co-founder Joe Cohen’s (W’13) plans for Coursekit, software designed to make student-professor online interaction “delightful”.
(Coursekit is a Wharton Venture Initiation Program company & Wharton Venture Award winner.) MORE interviews WBPC Grand Prize winner Rohan Deuskar WG’11

May 23, 2011

In “Fashion Site Wins Wharton Business Plan Competition”, Stylitics co-founder Rohan Deuskar (WG’11) discuss the rigorous competitive process that led his venture to win the WBPC Grand Prize. MORE

Fast Company: 2 Wharton undergrads included on Most Creative list

May 20, 2011

Jack Abraham (W’08), founder of (which sold to eBay in 2010) #38 on Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business. MORE

Charlie Javice (W’14), founder of microfinance platform PoverUP, #99 MORE

Fast Company includes Elon Musk (C’97/W’97) on 100 Most Creative People in Business list

May 20, 2011

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Telsa Motors, is #16 on Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business. MORE

CNN Money talks to Nat Turner W’08, co-founder of Invite Media

May 19, 2011

Nat Turner (W’08), who co-founded Invite Media as an Wharton undergrad and sold to Google last year for $70 Million, talks about the advantages of being a young entrepreneur and his first business selling reptiles. MORE

Wharton Magazine: “One School. Three Entrepreneurs. $700 Million.”

May 19, 2011

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs “facilitate[s] the dreams of our students” by supporting entrepreneurship and students building businesses. MORE

Forbes profiles Chattersource, founded by 2 2010 Wharton MBA grads

May 19, 2011

Wharton grads Kristina Anderson and Amy Cooper started Chattersource to help new students “find housing, haircuts” and other essentials in a new city. MORE

Business Insider: How did Wharton grad Greg Spiridellis grow JibJab “From One Viral Video To More Than One Million Paid Downloads”?

May 19, 2011

Greg Spiridellis (WG’99) co-founder, with his brother Evan, of online digital entertainment studio JibJab discusses how his company started with e-cards and one video of the 2000 Presidential election. MORE

FastCompany: Wharton undergrad alum Chrissy Liu interviewed

May 16, 2011

Chrissy Liu, co-founder of travel planning site Wanderfly, interviewed for Fast Company’s Change Generation video series. MORE

NY Times Dealbook quotes Wharton grad Davis Smith, 3rd prize winner of Wharton Business Plan Competition

May 3, 2011

In ” Rejecting Wall Street, Graduates Turn Entrepreneurs Instead”, Davis Smith (WG’11) says ” the whole reason I went back to school was to build a business”.  MORE Wharton SF MBA students & Wharton professor engaging in social entrepreneurship

May 2, 2011

Wharton SF MBA students Raghavan Anand and Chandan Mishra are working with Wharton professor Harvey Rubin on Energize the Chain, a venture that seeks to utilize power from cell phone towers to provide energy needed to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas.  MORE

Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Wharton Business Plan Competition finalists

May 2, 2011

In “Students match wits in business plan competitions”, Inquirer columnist writes about the months of preparation by all of the finalists and “applaud[s]” their “innovation and sophistication”. MORE