Archive for October, 2011

AFAQS! features Wharton alum founded company Snapdeal.com

October 27, 2011

AFAQS!: Snapdeal – founded by Kunal Bahl (ENG’06/W’06) – named to list of Top 100 private companies by Red Herring Asia MORE

NBC 10 News at 4 features Wharton alum founded company

October 26, 2011

Petplan Pet Insurance (USA) – a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company co-founded by Wharton grads Chris & Natasha Ashton (both WG’03) – featured on NBC 10’s News at 4 WATCH

Wharton alum founded startup featured in TechCrunch

October 26, 2011

TechCrunch: 105 Looks, co-founded by Wharton alums Marcus (C’97/WG’06) & Caroline Dahllof (WG’09), featured in TechCrunch as one of “Sixteen Cool New Startups” accepted into the First Growth Venture Network. (10/22/2011) MORE

Philly.com features Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company Petplan

October 25, 2011

Philly.com: Capital Blue Cross has added Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company Petplan Pet Insurance (USA) (co-founded by Chris and Natasha Ashton, both WG’03) as a voluntary benefit for their workers and groups. MORE

ElectNext wins Judges’ Choice Award at the 2011 Web 2.0 Expo

October 25, 2011

Congrats to Wharton Venture Initiation Program company ElectNext – winners of the Judges’ Choice Award at the 2011 Web 2.0 Expo/NY Startup Showcase. ElectNext’s co-founders are Keya Dannenbaum WG’12 and Paul Jungwirth PhD’18.  (10-24-2011) MORE

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum quoted in CNN Money

October 24, 2011

Joe Cohen, co-founder of Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company Coursekit, “is part of the ‘better living through technology’ set.” MORE

TechCrunch features Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company on front page

October 21, 2011

TechCrunch: “SV Angel, Chamath Palihapitiya, And Others Back Brazil’s Diapers.com Baby.com.br” – a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company, co-founded by Davis Smith WG’11/G’11 MORE

Two Wharton Venture Initiation Program companies selected to pitch at Early Stage East – Club Pitch Philly

October 20, 2011

Two Wharton Venture Initiation Program companies – Elect Next (co-founded by Keya Dannenbaum WG’12 & Paul Jungwirth WG’18) and Power Flower Solar (founded by Jason Halpern (W’10/BSE’10/MSE’10) – to pitch at Early Stage East – Club Pitch Philly 2011 MORE

New York Times partners with Wharton/Penn alum founded company Wanderfly

October 20, 2011

Wanderfly (cofounded by 4 Penn/Wharton alums) creates “inspiration module” & partners with New York Times Travel to help readers “discover new destinations.” (10/6/2011) MORE

Huffington Post: Warby Parker nominated for Ultimate Style Game Changer award

October 20, 2011

Huffington Post’s Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company Warby Parker is nominated for the 2011 Ultimate Style Game Changer award. (10/11/2011) MORE

Thrillist.com profiles Storably, co-founded by 2 Wharton alums

October 20, 2011

Thrillist.com: Storably (co-founded by Apu Gupta WG’05 and Josh Kowitt WG’11) helps you put your spare space to work. (10/13/2011) MORE

Wharton Magazine highlights Joseph Wharton Award winners

October 20, 2011

The winners of the Joseph Wharton Awards, presented by the Wharton Alumni Club of New York, include Wharton Venture Award winner Nat Turner W’08. MORE

Technically Philly highlights use of CloudMine by Startup Philly winners

October 20, 2011

Technically Philly: “The rapid prototyping and popularity of mobile apps was, in part, thanks to DreamIt Ventures company and former Startup Weekend participant Cloud Mine [founded by Brendan McCorkle EMTM’11]” (10/17/2011) MORE

Wharton VIP company named to the GEW 50 in the Startup Open competition

October 20, 2011

Wharton Venture Initiation Program company and Snider Seed Award winner Pledge4Good named to the GEW 50 (a list of the world’s 50 most innovative new companies) in the Startup Open competition sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. Pledge4Good’s co-founders are Vikram Bellapravalu (WG’12) and Leonard Fishman (WG’12). MORE

Wharton VIP member chosen to speak at TEDx Philly

October 20, 2011

Keya Dannenbaum WG’12 – co-founder of Wharton Venture Initiation Program company & Snider Seed Award winner Elect Next – chosen to speak at TEDx Philly on Nov. 8. MORE

Fortune Magazine names WEP Advisory Board Member to “40 under 40” list

October 20, 2011

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board member Rich Riley W’96 (SVP & Managing Director, EMEA, Yahoo) named as “one to watch” in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40. MORE

Mashable features WanderPlayer, co-founded by Wharton alum Ayo Omojola

October 20, 2011

Mashable: WanderPlayer – co-founded by Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum Ayo Omojola WG’11 – “has the potential to turn gaming on its head.” MORE

TechCrunch features Tagstand, co-founded by Wharton alum Omar Seyal (WG’11)

October 17, 2011

TechCrunch: Tagstand, a Y-Combinator company co-founded by Wharton alum Omar Seyal WG’11 “Raises $1.1 Million To Help Take NFC [Near Field Communication] Mainstream” MORE

All Things D interviews Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board member Rick Thompson

October 12, 2011

All Things D: Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board member & former Playdom chairman Rick Thompson WG’96 talks about the “radical transformation” of the social gaming industry and the “natural virality” of mobile. MORE

Wall Street Journal features Penn alum co-founded company Local Response

October 12, 2011

Wall Street Journal: Local Response (co-founded by UPenn alum Nihal Mehta C’99/ENG’99) is “turning social status check-ins into ad inventory”  WATCH HERE

Media Nama reports on acquisition of Wharton alum founded company Mime360

October 11, 2011

Media Nama: Mime360, co-founded by Wharton Venture Award winner Sameer Nigam WG’09, acquired by Flipkart.com MORE

Flying Kite Media quotes Wharton Assistant Professor Ethan Mollick

October 11, 2011

Flying Kite Media: Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs standing faculty Assistant Professor Ethan Mollick talks about gamification. MORE

TNW Insider features Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company Warby Parker

October 11, 2011

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company Warby Parker has distributed over 85,000 pairs of glasses through its Buy One, Give One model. Read what co-founder Neil Blumenthal WG’10 has to say about the company’s social mission. MORE

El-emergente.com features Wharton Venture Initiation Program company PalmLing

October 10, 2011

El-emergente.com: Wharton Venture Initiation Program company PalmLing, co-founded by Kunal Sarda WG’11 and Ryan Frankel WG’12, “provides international travelers with phone-based access to live translators, anytime, anywhere from any phone.”  MORE

Inc. Magazine features Grand Prize winners of 2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition

October 7, 2011

Winner of 2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition Stylitics (co-founded by Rohan Deuskar WG’11 & Zach Davis) in Inc. Magazine’s “Market Research is the New Black” MORE