Archive for March, 2012

Keystone Edge: “Problem-Solving 101: PA’s New MBA Path to Entrepreneurship”

March 30, 2012

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum Mike Kijewski (LPS’10/WG’12) “wanted to be in an environment where if you had an idea for a new technology, you could very quickly try it out, and see it evolving all the time.” He found this environment at Wharton, which supported his founding of Gamma Basics while he pursued his MBA. MORE

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Marie Clare: “Wendy Finerman on Staying in the Picture “

March 28, 2012

Wendy Finerman (W’82), founder of Wendy Finerman Productions, says that her Wharton education “drilled into me the skills that I use every single day.” MORE

Stylecaster: 7 Lucky Coats We Love For Fall 2012, Spotted At PROJECT

March 28, 2012

StyleCaster picks Lauren Bitar’s (WG’12) Kusuri Enterprises winged PVC raincoat as one of the 7 Lucky Coats they love for fall. MORE

Tech Crunch: “YC Demo Day Session 3”

March 28, 2012

Flypad – founded by Ayo Omojola WG’11 – featured in TechCrunch’s coverage of Y Combinator’s Demo Day. MORE

The Next Web: “The Next Web’s top ten picks from Y Combinator Demo Day”

March 28, 2012

Congrats to Ayo Omojola (WG’11) and the Flypad team!! The Next Web chooses Flypad as one of its Top 10 Picks from Y Combinator’s Demo Day. MORE

Financial Times Blog: “Networking with Wharton MBAs”

March 27, 2012

South African MBA student shares her experiences from participating in Wharton’s Building Future Markets elective in Cape Town, led by Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs’ Academic Director Professor Ian MacMillan. MORE

TechCrunch: “FamilyLeaf Brings Your Kin Together In Its Own Private Social Network”

March 27, 2012

FamilyLeaf (founded by Wesley Zhao and backed by Y Combinator) allows you to safely and easily stay up-to-date with your family members, even those far-flung across the globe. MORE

New York Times: “Helping Small-Business Owners Find the Perfect Mentor”

March 26, 2012

Therese Flaherty, Director of Wharton Small Business Development Center, says timing is essential to a successful mentoring relationship. MORE

Reuters: “Small-town India fuels rise of online shopping”

March 26, 2012

“‘India is a country of micro entrepreneurs,’ says [Snapdeal co-founder Kunal Bahl (M&T’06)]. ‘We are enabling these … unknown brands of local merchants to get access to consumers across the country’.” MORE

Idea Mensch: David Adelman – Founder and CEO of Reel Tributes

March 23, 2012

How Reel Tributes founder David Adelman (WG’11) brings ideas to life: “Through hard work and never giving up. There’s always going to be rough days; the key is to keep on fighting and know that there are plenty of good days ahead.” MORE

MakeUseOf: Turn Your iPhone Or Android Device Into A Game Controller For Your Computer

March 23, 2012

Do you like playing casual games on your computer? Do you own an iPhone or an Android device? Then how about forgetting about your keyboard and mouse and using your trusty old smartphone as a controller for games? If it sounds to good to be true, you should give Wanderplayer (founded by Ayo Omojola WG’11) a try. MORE

Mashable: How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom

March 23, 2012

Coursekit (a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company) is named as a “way forward” for how new technologies can improve education. MORE

Portfolio.com: “Fred Wilson Tops VC Chart”

March 22, 2012

Wharton alum Fred Wilson (WG’87) is #1 on Heardable’s list of the Top 50 Venture Capital Brands. MORE

Two.One.Five Magazine: “Kembrel’s Killer Business Model: A Pop-Up with Weekly Flash Sales”

March 22, 2012

Kembrel co-founder Stephan Jacob (G’11/WG’11) discusses Kembrel’s unique business model and intense focus on customer service. MORE

TechCrunch: How to Fix Location-Based People Discovery

March 22, 2012

Meeteor co-founder Phil Cortes WG’11 discusses what the people-discovery industry should be focusing on and what it will take for a service to truly succeed and gain mass adoption. MORE

Fast Company Exist: “6 Companies That Are Growing Rapidly While Doing Good”

March 21, 2012

Wharton alum founded Warby Parker has been named one of the “Rockstars of the New Economy by B Lab, [one of 6 companies that] have achieved three to 100 times revenue or job growth while maintaining a high environmental and social impact.” MORE

Huffington Post: “Conversations Every Entrepreneur Should Have”

March 21, 2012

Wharton Lecturer Patrick FitzGerald’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs: “Before you embark on writing that business plan or applying to business school, take some time to talk. To whom? Everyone.” MORE

Flying Kite Media: “University City-based PalmLing concierge translation service lauches Kickstarter campaign”

March 21, 2012

“‘We are helping international travelers navigate the complexities of a language barrier,’ says [co-founder Ryan Frankel WG’12]. A PalmLing subscriber calls an access number 24 hours a day and gets connected real time with a live translator who can do the talking on the traveler’s behalf to a pharmacist or taxi driver, for example.” MORE

Start-up Investment for Springboard Collaborative

March 21, 2012

The M. Night Shyamalan Foundation has partnered with Springboard Collaborative – a Wharton Venture Initiation Program company founded by Alejandro Gac-Artigas (2011 Master of Education grad and Teach For America alum) MORE

Wall Street Journal: “Appirio Rises As Businesses Gaze Into The Cloud”

March 20, 2012

The CEO of Appirio (co-founded by Narinder Singh WG’04) discusses how the company will use its recently acquired $60M in funding and how its experience and agility will help it compete with larger established companies. MORE

CBS Local: “Suit Yourself Right”

March 20, 2012

Congrats to Henry A. Davidsen: Master Tailors & Image Consultants – founded by Brian Lipstein C’06 – for being named one of Philly’s Top 5 Tailors by CBS Philly! MORE

Treehugger: “Personal Water Filter Bottle Helps Fund Fight Against Global Water Crisis”

March 20, 2012

“One answer to the growing plastic bottled water issue is getting your own refillable container, such as the Hydros [founded by Aakash Mathur W’09/C’09 and Jay Parekh ENG’09], which has a built-in filter and also helps fund water projects in places where access to clean water is a big problem.” MORE

Tech Circle India: “Wishberry: An E-com Startup Betting Big On Social Gifting”

March 20, 2012

“Social gifting is usually considered a token of appreciation and an act of thoughtfulness. Yet, it can become an irksome task when one has to hunt for a unique gift which will be well-received. On the other hand, if you are a recipient, you might be literally wallowing in run-of-the-mill photo frames, ornamental vases or wall hangings. But the two-year-old startup Wishberry.in (co-founded by Priyanka Agarwal ENG07/W07) aims to change all that and provide people with useful gifting solutions.” MORE

Adweek: The Young Influentials

March 19, 2012

Thrillist co-founder Ben Lerer C’03 named to Adweek’s list of Young Influentials – “20 under 40 who are wicked smart and rebooting your world” MORE

India Business Review: “E-commerce co plans to hire 500 people in next 6 mos”

March 19, 2012

“Snapdeal Chief Executive Director Kunal Bahl (ENG’06/W’06) said, ‘We have seen 80-90% growth in traffic month-on-month over the last three quarters. We have been gradually increasing the pace of hiring and over the next six months, we will add about 500 people’.” MORE