Archive for May, 2012

Entrepreneur Stories: Politics Meets Entrepreneurship: ElectNext

May 31, 2012

Wharton alum Keya Dannenbaum, co-founder of ElectNext, discusses “the move from campaign worker to CEO.” MORE 4 New Job Search Tools to Check Out in 2012

May 31, 2012 names Meeteor (founded by Phil Cortes and Chris Lee, both WG’11) as one of its favorite innovations for the job search. MORE

New York Daily News: Online eyewear company Warby Parker makes glasses chic and affordable

May 30, 2012

Warby Parker, “started by [Neil] Blumenthal with partners David Gilboa, Andrew Hunt and Jeffrey Raider [all 2010 Wharton MBA alums], has not only become a fashion darling — GQ dubbed it the ‘Netflix of glasses’ — it’s also built a reputation as a do-good company.” MORE

INC Magazine: Neil Blumenthal: Secrets to Warby Parker’s Rapid Growth

May 25, 2012

“Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal (WG’10) reveals his company’s strategies for bootstrapping, handling big competition, and finding a social mission.” MORE

2012 Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) Enterprise Awards

May 24, 2012

Greenphire, founded by Samuel Whitaker C’02/CGS’04, has won the 2012 Philadelphia PACT Enterprise Award in the Technology Startup division. MORE

Mashable: Terefic Takes the Guesswork Out of Job References

May 24, 2012

Terefic, founded by Emmanuel Toutain WG’04, is “bringing references into the Internet age.” MORE

Entrepreneur Magazine: 100 Brilliant Companies list

May 24, 2012

Entrepreneur Magazine names Stylitics (co-founded by Rohan Deuskar WG’11) & GiftSimple (founded by Jessica Lachs WG’11) to its 100 Brilliant Companies list. MORE

Penn Almanac: Collaboration, Cooperation and Change (Penn Commencement 2012)

May 24, 2012

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann highlights Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company (founded by Diana Kattan & Matthew Capeletti, both W’12) in her 2012 Commencement Address. MORE

US Department of Energy awards 2nd place to VIP alum

May 23, 2012

Melon, founded by Craig Isakow WG’08, wins 2nd place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Apps for Energy contest. MORE ‘Work before getting an MBA if you want to be a better professional’

May 22, 2012

CEO of Hector Beverages (maker of Tzinga) tells how Wharton positively influenced his entrepreneurial career path. MORE

The Next Web: Felicis, the super angel fund started by former Google exec Aydin Senkut, raises $52 million

May 22, 2012

Felicis Ventures – founded by Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs advisory board member Aydin Senkut WG’96 – raises a new fund. MORE

Fast Company: Free Stuff! Finally, A Deals Site That Doesn’t Suck

May 21, 2012

Fast Company interviews Merchant Exchange founder and Venture Initiation Program alum Michael Tolkin W’07. MORE

New York Times Asia: Schools Go Into the ‘Cloud’ to Embrace the Popularity of Social Media

May 21, 2012

Wharton alum Hunter Horsley, head of Marketing & Operations at Lore (fka Coursekit) comments on the evolution of Learning Management Systems. MORE

Wall Street Journal: Joining the M.B.A. Chase

May 21, 2012

Career Management’s Maria Halpern discusses how Wharton reaches out to recruiters at small companies & start-ups. MORE

New York Times: Shopping for a Better World

May 18, 2012

Wharton alum founded Warby Parker is an example of a successful and sustainable “Buy One Give One” business model. MORE

Click Orlando (WKMG Local 6): Buying Glasses Online

May 18, 2012

“Companies like Warby Parker…are cutting out the middleman by producing their own premium quality frames in-house.  The result is high end fashion and low end costs.” MORE interviews Wharton alum Lenny Fishman

May 18, 2012

Learn more about Wharton Venture Initiation Program company Pledge4Good with co-founder Lenny Fishman WG’12 MORE

AdAge: When Big Ideas Come from Small Companies

May 18, 2012

AdAge highlights Wharton alum founded Warby Parker as an example of a company with “fresh” & “ingenious” marketing. MORE

Why aren’t there more traditional tech entrepreneurs in healthcare?

May 17, 2012

Wharton alum Nat Turner (W’08) gives 3 reasons to answer the question “Why aren’t more of the super-smart young entrepreneurs coming out of college choosing healthcare as their industry to build a startup?” MORE

Business Insider: A New Way For Luxury Brands To ‘Discreetly’ Connect With The Young And Wealthy

May 17, 2012

“For luxury brands, a partnership with Merchant Exchange (founded by Venture Initiation Program alum Michael Tolkin W’07) is a more discreet way to connect with consumers than standard social media channels, and puts them in front of a curated audience of spenders.” MORE

Barrons: U.S.Economy: It’s all in the Family

May 16, 2012

Barrons reports on a 2008 study conducted by Wharton Entrepreneurship Academic Director Professor Raffi Amit on family-controlled businesses. MORE

Two alums named to Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business

May 15, 2012

Congratulations to Cyrus Massoumi (W’98) of ZocDoc & Neil Blumenthal (WG’10) of Warby Parker for being named to Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list!

Wharton alum founded Curalate raises seed round and officially launches

May 15, 2012

From TechCrunch: Pinterest Marketing Platform Curalate [co-founded by Apu Gupta WG’05] Lands $750k Seed From NEA, First Round, MentorTech

From AllThingsD: Pinterest Prompts a Start-Up’s Pivot: Meet Curalate, an Analytics Engine for Images

May 14, 2012

The 2012 Wharton Business Plan Competition Venture Finals were featured in a number of media outlets, including Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, FlyingKite Media, Digital Journal, Philadelphia Business Journal and Technically Philly.

New York Times: In New York’s Water Pipes, Seeing an Electricity Source

May 14, 2012

Rentricity (with Director of Corporate Development Eric Lesser W’07) is “Seeing Source of Electricity in Water Pipes” MORE