Archive for June, 2011

TechCrunch profiles Wharton Venture Initiation Program company Coursekit

June 28, 2011

Coursekit, co-founded by Joe Cohen (W’13) and Dan Getelman (W’12/E’12), raises $1M in seed funding. Investors include Founder Collective, IA Ventures, Shasta Ventures and some angels. (6/27/11) MORE

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company Kembrel featured on

June 27, 2011

Kembrel cofounder Stephan Jacob talks about providing retailers with access to the sought-after demographic of college students. Kembrel is a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company and winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2009-2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition.  MORE

Wharton grad Gianna Driver (WG’04) named one of INC magazine’s 30-Under-30

June 27, 2011

Gianna Driver (WG’04) is the founder of Gianna Fair Trade, an online retailer that markets scarves made by women in impoverished countries, while paying the artisans 2 to 3 the local minimum wage. MORE

The Times of India-Education Times features Wharton Business Plan Competition winner Rohan Deuskar

June 27, 2011

Rohan Deuskar (WG’11), co-founder of Stylitics and winner of the 2010-11 Grand Prize in the Wharton Business Plan Competition talks about his lessons learned and the future of entrepreneurship. MORE

CBS Sunday Morning profiles Wharton Venture Award winners Warby Parker

June 27, 2011

Warby Parker, cofounded by 4 friends who met at Wharton, is a “visionary business…striving to be a force for good” WATCH HERE

Business Insider features Venture Initiation Program alum Phil Cortes (WG’11)

June 27, 2011

Philip Cortes, cofounder of Meeteor and alum of Wharton Venture Initiation Program, shares the entrepreneurial lessons he learned from his parents in Business Insider. MORE

Fast Company: “How Jack Abraham is reinventing eBay”

June 27, 2011

After selling his company,, to eBay, former Wharton undergraduate & Wharton Venture Award winner Jack Abraham is helping the e-commerce company redefine itself. (6/22/2011) MORE

Reuters Insider: Ben Lerer (C’03), co-founder & CEO of, interviewed

June 16, 2011

Ben Lerer (C’03), co-founder & CEO of, discusses the shortage of talented computer engineers and the difficulties of building a strong tech team. MORE

WSJ: 2 Venture Initiation Program companies featured in “Network University”

June 16, 2011

“Network University” uses the Wharton Club of NY’s Alumni Business Showcase to highlight the strong network available to Wharton & Penn grads. Two Venture Initiation Program companies, Catapulter and Osus, are among the businesses featured. MORE

CNBC and WSJ: Wharton Assistant Professor Ethan Mollick on how “Firms Turn to Online Games for Recruiting”

June 14, 2011

Wharton Assistant Professor Ethan Mollick believes that recruitment games can be a good way to attract applicants from around the world.  WATCH CNBC INTERVIEW HERE and READ WSJ ARTICLE HERE

Wall Street Journal features Wharton Business Plan Competition winner Stylitics

June 14, 2011

In “At Business Schools, Race for Cash Heats Up” Michelson Grand Prize winner and Stylitics co-founder Rohan Deuskar (WG’11) talks about preparing for the Wharton Business Plan Competition. MORE  (6/3/2011) features Wharton undergrad Charlie Javice W’14

June 14, 2011

In “PoverUp Kick-Starts Microfinance One $200 Ice Cream Outing at a Time”, Wharton VIP company PoverUP founder Charlie Javice talks about how her microfinance platform can benefit a wide range of stakeholders, including students, corporations, and the people who need micro-loans. MORE (6/2/2011)

BBC: Kunal Bahl (ENG’06/W’06), Snapdeal cofounder, interviewed for Start-Up Stories series

June 14, 2011

“Entrepreneur Kunal Bahl (Wharton alum and Snapdeal cofounder) reckons the key to business success is understanding what your customers are interested in.” MORE (5/6/2011)

PBS Nightly Business Report interviews Wharton undergrad alum Nat Turner W’08

June 14, 2011

Nat Tuner (W’08) co-founded Invite Media while in college and sold to Google in 2010. Nat is interviewed for the PBS Nightly Business Report special broadcast “Young Entrepreneurs”. WATCH HERE (5/30/2011)

Economic Times: Snapdeal, cofounded by Kunal Bahl ENG’06/W’06, is the Groupon of India

June 14, 2011

Snapdeal, India’s Groupon, “rising fast and furiously” and is “the most visited group buying site just behind” MORE

ClickEquations, founded by Wharton alum Lucinda Duncalfe (Holt) C’85/WG’91, acquired by Channel Intelligence.

June 14, 2011


Bloomberg News: Wharton alumni founders of “Prepare Pet-Supply Site”

June 9, 2011

“ Inc.’s Quidsi, the owner of (founded by Wharton alums Marc Lore & Scott Hilton), said it’s opening a site for pet supplies in the coming weeks to target the ‘other baby’ of the family.” MORE