Archive for February, 2012

Philadelphia Weekly Style: “Kembrel Re-imagines Online Shopping”

February 29, 2012

“Judging by the attendance at the store’s grand opening party and the amount of foot traffic it attracted on a Monday night, the venture already appears to be a success.” [Kembrel is a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum, co-founded by Stephan Jacob G’11/WG’11, Cherif Habib WG’11 and Aymeric de Hemptinne G’11/WG’11] (2/29/2012) MORE

EcoSalon: “8 Women-Run Businesses That Inspire Us”

February 29, 2012

Congratulations to Gianna Driver W’04, founder of GIANNA Fair Trade, for being chosen as one of EcoSalon’s inspirational businesses! (2/28/2012) MORE

Pando Daily: “Meeteor Will Help You Network Your Face Off at SXSW”

February 29, 2012

“Meeteor’s [co-founded by Phil Cortes WG’11 & Chris Lee WG’11] approach, being to make connections in advance in order to make more useful connects at the festival, sets it apart.” (2/28/2012) MORE

Business Insider: “3 Essential Strategies for Creating a Business that Changes the World”

February 27, 2012

“Aakash Mathur [W’09/C’09] and Jay Parekh [ENG’09], two of the co-founders of Hydros Bottle, are examples of individuals who have taken a daunting challenge and presented a solution. But what makes them different is their ability to take an idea and turn it into a vibrant business — and one that can ultimately make an impact.” (2/27/2012) MORE

India West: “Who’s Your Candidate? ElectNext Knows”

February 27, 2012

“In its database, ElectNext [a Wharton Venture Initiation Program company] has position profiles of 4,500 candidates, culled from media sources, interest groups and candidates’ responses to questionnaires. Using this information, ElectNext’s algorithm can also predict a candidate’s position on an issue.” (2/22/2012) MORE

AFAQS!: “Snapdeal.com bags eRetailer of the year award”

February 27, 2012

SnapDeal, founded by Kunal Bahl ENG’06/W’06, named Best eRetailer of the Year and Best Advertising Campaign of the Year at India eRetail Awards 2012. (2/23/2012) MORE

Today Show: Trends for Summer

February 24, 2012

The Today Show’s Al Roker and US Weekly’s Jill Martin showcased Wharton alum founded Warby Parker’s sunglasses as one of the trends for summer 2012. (2/24/2012) MORE

Huffington Post: “Location, Location, Location: Where Should You Start Your Company?”

February 24, 2012

Newest The Huffington Post article by Wharton lecturer Patrick FitzGerald C’97: “There are more than enough options to go around when thinking of where to locate your next big company.” (2/24/2012) MORE

Statesman.com: “Austin software maker Bazaarvoice raises $114 million in first area IPO of 2012”

February 24, 2012

“Bazaarvoice [founded by Brett Hurt WG’99] burst through the IPO gate Thursday night, selling its shares above its expected price range to become Austin’s newest publicly traded company.” (2/24/2012) MORE

6ABC: Weekly deal site opens Center City store

February 24, 2012

Wharton alum (Stephan Jacob G’11/WG’11, Cherif Habib WG’11 & Aymeric de Hemptinne G’11/WG’11) founded Kembrel’s new Center City pop-up shop featured on 6abc (2/24/2012) WATCH HERE

CNET: Turn your Android or iPhone into a controller for Flash games

February 24, 2012

“Your Android device or iPhone can be a wireless controller for awesomely addictive games.” with WanderPlayer – founded by Ayo Omojola WG’11 (2/23/2012) MORE

Uwishunu: Kembrel Flash Sale Website Unveils a New Pop-Up Shop at 18th Chestnut Streets

February 23, 2012

Kembrel is an alumni company of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, winner of the 2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition’s People’s Choice Award and was co-founded by Stephan Jacob (G’11/WG’11), Cherif Habib (WG’11) and Aymeric de Hemptinne (G’11/WG’11). (2/22/2012) MORE

The Atlantic Wire: We Think This Penn Student Is Totally Getting a Job at Instagram

February 23, 2012

“Alice Lee [W’13], an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, is going to unprecedented lengths to get a job. On February 16 she launched “Dear Instagram,” a site she designed to serve as a pitch-slash-resume-slash-love letter for the new age. In days, the site went viral.” (2/21/2012) MORE

Fast Company: How Warby Parker’s Cofounders Disrupted The Eyewear Industry And Stayed Friends

February 23, 2012

Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal WG’10 “tells Fast Company how a pact over a beer at the company’s inception helped its founders preserve their friendship.” (2/22/2012) MORE

Tech Crunch: (Founder Stories) Warby Parker: “Why Should A Pair Of Glasses Cost More Than An iPhone?”

February 22, 2012

Chris Dixon (CEO and Co-founder of Hunch) interviews Warby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal WG’10 and Dave Gilboa WG’10 for an episode of Tech Crunch’s Founder Stories (2/22/2012) MORE

CNBC: Tech Start-Ups Choosing New York City Over Silicon Valley

February 22, 2012

“New York University is just one of hundreds of colleges and universities using [Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum Coursekit], which has raised $6 million in funding from New York based IA Ventures and Toronto-based Social Capital Partners.” (2/22/2012) MORE

The DePaulia: Stylitics virtual assistant creates ‘your style, smarter’

February 22, 2012

“‘There’s nothing like it right now,’ said CEO and co-founder, Rohan Deuskar (WG’11). Along with helping the ‘everyday person’ manage his/her style, ‘there was a lot more that the fashion industry could do to learn why people are buying and wearing what they’re wearing,’ he said.” (2/20/2012) MORE

Under30CEO names Penn alum to list of Influential Young Entrepreneurs

February 22, 2012

Congrats to Ben Lerer C’03, co-founder of Thrillist, for being named to Under30CEO’s 30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs of 2011! (2/22/2012) MORE

Fox News: “Eyes online: Can you get better glasses from the web?”

February 21, 2012

Wharton/Penn alumni-founded “Warby Parker’s unique approach, combining personal service and online cost efficiencies, makes for a winning combination.” (2/21/2012) MORE

India West: “Seva Search Harnesses Technology to Cut Consumers’ Wait-time”

February 21, 2012

Co-founder Manprett Singh (WG’09) “believe[s] that Seva Call is the perfect example of the fusion between technology and people.” (2/17/2012) MORE

Stylitics – winner of 2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition – featured on multiple sites

February 21, 2012

Her Campus: Customize Your Closet with Stylitics (2/17/2012) MORE

KC You There: Introducing Stylitics: Your Closet, Only Smarter (2/17/2012) MORE

Main Street: “4 Tools That Make Job Networking Easier”

February 20, 2012

Main Street chooses Meeteor (co-founded by Phil Cortes WG’11 & Chris Lee WG’11) as a tool that makes the task of looking for a job easier. (2/16/2012) MORE

Tech Crunch: “The ‘Unhyped’ New Areas in Internet and Mobile”

February 20, 2012

Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, chooses Coursekit to illustrate “unhyped” area of Social Next: “Social as a useful and productive part of lives—enabling collaboration and deep community building around the world in specific areas.” (2/19/2012) MORE

Hearing News Watch: New online hearing aid debuts; online hearing test to follow

February 20, 2012

Embrace Hearing (a Wharton Venture Initiation Program company co-founded by Sam Tanzer WG’12 and Ross Porter) profiled in Hearing Health Matters. (1/3/2012) MORE

Reel Tributes (founded by David Adelman WG’11) featured in the Washington Business Journal and The Patriot News

February 20, 2012

Washington Business Journal: David Adelman’s (WG’11) company, Reel Tributes, helps families and family businesses make film history (2/17/2012) MORE

The Patriot News: Reel Tributes documentary preserves Mechanicsburg woman’s family history (2/17/2012) MORE