Archive for January, 2012

Hindustan Times: ‘E-commerce or e-bubble?’

January 31, 2012

Snapdeal founder Kunal Bahl (M&T’06) is “building India’s largest online deals and products destination” (1/29/2012) MORE

Her Campus: Stylitics – An online stylist tool every girl should know about

January 31, 2012

“Stylitics is a first of its kind Internet site that acts as your own personal stylist. You know those smartphones that everyone carries around now? Stylitics is even smarter than your phone. Well, at least it will be soon.” (1/30/2012) MORE

Wharton Venture Initiation Program member interviewed on

January 30, 2012

Check out Tropo’s Spotlight interview w/ Wharton Venture Initiation Program company PalmLing co-founder Ryan Frankel WG’12 (1/30/2012) MORE

Wall Street Journal: “Twitter Investor Spark Promotes Mo Koyfman To General Partner”

January 30, 2012

Wharton alum Mo Koyfman (W’00), “a native of New Jersey, has led a few investments for the firm, including online marketplaces Skillshare and Work Market.” (1/27/12) MORE

D&M Magazine: “Stylitics: Virtual Wardrobe and Style Assistant”

January 30, 2012

Winner of the 2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition Stylitics “revolutionizes the way people think about their own style.” (1/29/2012) MORE

Open Sky showcases Hydros Bottle

January 30, 2012

Hydros Bottle (co-founded by Aakash Mathur W’09/C’09 & Jay Parekh ENG’09) featured as creator of P90X Tony Horton’s pick on Open Sky. (1/26/2012) MORE

Wharton Magazine: “Making Waves on Their Own Ship”

January 27, 2012

Lots of familiar names in the Wharton Magazine’s inspiring article about alumni “pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams”! Great read featuring the founders of Warby Parker Eyewear, Stylitics, Kembrel,, PayDivvy, Wantworthy, Sparkology, Open Air Publishing & Fair Observer. (1/27/2012) MORE

India Knowledge@Wharton: “Snapdeal’s Kunal Bahl on Creating a ‘Discovery Platform’ for Indian Consumers”

January 27, 2012

“In less than two years, SnapDeal, a group discounting site in India, has grown to become one of the leading e-commerce sites in the country. According to co-founder Kunal Bahl (W’06/ENG’06), deals are only an entry point into the customer’s life. The vision, he says, is to build a brand that participates in consumers’ lives every day, across product and service categories.” (1/26/12) MORE

Knowledge@Wharton HS: “Generation Microfinance: Charlie Javice Believes in the Power of Students to Alleviate Poverty”

January 26, 2012

Charlie Javice W’14, founder of Wharton Venture Initiation Program company PoverUP, discusses “the concept of “financial inclusion,” the true value of a small amount of money, and the technological challenges of building an online platform.” (7/20/2011) MORE

Flying Kite Media: “Why everyone loves CloudMine’s backend solution for mobile apps”

January 26, 2012

“CloudMine’s goal is to take care of backend programming for mobile apps so you don’t have to. Their tagline is ‘The mobile developers’ backend-as-a-service-done-right company.'” (10/25/2011) MORE

Tech Crunch: “DreamIt-Backed CloudMine Lets App Developers Bypass The Backend Pain, Focus On Their Product”

January 26, 2012

“CloudMine has developed a service that will allow developers to reduce the pain by providing a set of RESTful APIs that allow them to quickly create back-end solutions for their apps. Specifically, the startup is offering schema-free data structure storage, user account creation and management, and server-side business logic for computations that are too complex or data-intensive to run on a mobile device.” (10/15/2011) MORE

NY Times Dealbook: “Rejecting Wall Street, Graduates Turn Entrepreneurs Instead”

January 26, 2012

[Davis] Smith [G’11/WG’11], who attends the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and [cousin Kimball] Thomas, of Harvard Business School, are part of a growing number of business school students rejecting traditional postgraduate paths like investment banking, hedge funds and consulting. (5/2/2011) MORE

PE Hub: “Aydin Senkut Recalls a Game of Pool with Aaron Levie Led Him to”

January 26, 2012

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Board Member Aydin Senkut (WG’96) believes that “Ninety percent of success is showing up.” (1/26/2012) MORE

Reuters: “How to feel good about scheduling doctor visits on the fly”

January 26, 2012

Reuters: Wharton alum Cyrus Massoumi W’98 , ZocDoc founder, discusses how scheduling doctor appointments online can be beneficial for patients and providers. (1/25/2012) MORE

BlogDoEcommerce features Wharton alum founded start-up

January 25, 2012

BlogDoEcommerce: olook (founded by Peter Ostroske WG’12) launches unprecedented platform for fashion ecommerce (article in Portuguese) (1/25/12) MORE

Huffington Post: “Tech, Tech, No Tech”

January 24, 2012

Serial entrepreneur & Wharton lecturer, Patrick FitzGerald C’97, writes about why tech ventures are not the only route for committed entrepreneurs. (1/23/2012) MORE

INC Magazine: “May the Best Business Win”

January 24, 2012

Inc. Magazine: “‘Contests like this bring benefits like set timelines and deliverables that focus you as a business owner to get something on paper, a prototype, and something out the door,’ says Megan Mitchell, senior associate director of Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.” (1/24/2012) MORE

Of a Kind: “Emerging Thing of the Week: Stylitics”

January 24, 2012

2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition winner Stylitics (co-founded by Rohan Deuskar WG’11 and Zach Davis) chosen as the “Emerging Thing of the Week” by Of a Kind (1/20/2012) MORE

ElectNext featured in multiple media outlets

January 24, 2012

Wharton Venture Initiation Program company ElectNext (co-founded by Keya Dannenbaum WG’12 and Paul Jungwirth PhD’18) featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on WHYY’s for their involvement in the celebration of the 225th anniversary of the US Constitution.

The Daily Star Lebanon: “Lebanese team brings people closer with new app”

January 23, 2012

Wharton Venture Initiation Program company and DreamIt Ventures alum OneAway, co-founded by Nadim Gharios (WG’12) and Anis Harb (WG’12), is profiled in Lebanon’s The Daily Star. (1/21/12) MORE

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Entrepreneur-In-Residence program offers one-on-one mentoring for students”

January 23, 2012

Today’s issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian features WEP’s Entrepreneur in Residence program and includes quotes from alum Nat Turner W’08, Venture Initiation Program member Samir Malik WG’13 and Wharton senior Tyrone Thomas W’12. (1/23/2012) MORE

India Knowledge @ Wharton: ‘Amid Worries of a Slowdown, Charting India’s Future Growth Trajectory’

January 20, 2012

Wharton alum Kunal Bahl (W’06/ENG’06), founder of SnapDeal, comments on the availability of funding for Indian entrepreneurs. (1/19/12) MORE

Christian Science Monitor: ‘Warby Parker may have a better ‘buy one, give one’ model’

January 19, 2012

“Toms Shoes popularized ‘one for one’ giving. Warby Parker adds training low-income local entrepreneurs to start their own businesses selling glasses at affordable prices.” (12/22/11) MORE

New York Times: “On Spec: Vintage-Style Glasses Online”

January 19, 2012

In New York Times Fashion & Style article “On Spec: Vintage-Style Glasses Online”, writer Alex Williams says Wharton alum founded Warby Parker “sets the standard”. (1/18/12) MORE

Huffington Post: ‘Top 10 Products for a Purpose’

January 18, 2012

Wharton alum founded Warby Parker Eyewear named one of the ‘Top 10 Products for a Purpose’ by The Huffington Post (1/18/12) MORE