Archive for June, 2012

TechCrunch: AdMob Founder Omar Hamoui Has A New Polling Startup, Calls It ‘Maybe’

June 29, 2012

Wharton alum Omar Hamoui’s new startup ‘Maybe’ can help you choose between products to buy, movies to see, books to read, and much more – MORE


Business Line: Snapdeal set to enter music, movies and books segment

June 29, 2012

E-commerce company Snapdeal – founded by Kunal Bahl M&T’06 – will enter the music, movies and books segment — one of the most lucrative segments for online retailing — next quarter. MORE

AMEX Open Forum: Small-Business Summit: Disengaging for Success Among Hot Topics

June 28, 2012

Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal WG’10 shares one of his strategies for success – “Make sure to identify your core customer,” he said. “You do not have to be everything to everyone.” MORE

New York Times Dealbook: Brazil’s Start-Up Baby Boom

June 28, 2012 – based in Sao Paulo and founded by Davis Smith G’11/WG’11 – raises additional $16.7M in funding. MORE

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VentureBeat: Insta-cloud: CloudMine makes big data super-simple for apps and enterprise

June 28, 2012

For founder Brendan McCorkle EMTM’11, CloudMine’s goal is to “enable app developers to focus on the front end of their applications … the user interface features that users actually touch, rather than the infrastructure and data management that enables them.” MORE

TechCrunch: The Anatomy Of A Pass, A Quantitative Analysis On Why A VC Passes

June 28, 2012

Jay Jamison WG’98, partner at BlueRun Ventures, is a guest editor at TechCrunch MORE

Business Insider: This Entrepreneur Shares One Of The Biggest Mistakes His Company Made In Its Series A Round

June 28, 2012

Arjun Srinivas ENG’07/W’07, co-founder of Innova Dynamics, on the challenge of ‘analysis paralysis’. MORE

Technically Philly covers rebranding of TicketLeap

June 28, 2012

TicketLeap (Chris Stanchak WEV’03) has  rebranded and relaunches with mobile box office and analytics for event organizers MORE

Deccan Chronicle: Applying their minds smartly

June 28, 2012

Amit Baid, WG’07 hopes to improve the shopping experience for Indian consumers with Delight Circle MORE

TechCrunchTV: Interact’s Anthony Coombs Talks About The Philly Tech Scene

June 26, 2012

VIDEO: John Biggs of TechCrunch TV talks to University of Pennsylvania alum Anthony Coombs C’02 about the tech scene in Philadelphia. Last week, TechCrunch hosted a mini-meetup in Philadelphia; John says that when they arrived in Philly, “we found the best of multiple worlds – a large university community, cheap rents, and an group of people hungering for a turnaround.” MORE

TechCrunch: Battlefield Startup SnipSnap Sees Over 1M Coupons Clipped, Locks Up $900K In Funding

June 22, 2012

“Combined with some early seed funding from Philadelphia’s DreamIt Ventures, this most recent round puts SnipSnap (co-founded by Ted Mann C’99/CGS’04) at $1 million raised, and they’ve already started making plans for that money.” MORE

NYT Magazine – Style: Now Screening | Warby Parker’s ‘Le Chat Cambrioleur’

June 22, 2012

To celebrate their new collection Les Auteurs, Warby Parker screened their film “Le Chat Cambrioleur” (“The Cat Burglar”) at the French Embassy in NYC. MORE

TIME: 3 Simple Goals You Must Set for Your Business to Succeed

June 22, 2012

Charlie Javice W’14, founder of PoverUP, talks about her venture’s mission. As Peter Cohen, writer for TIME.COM says, “A start-up’s mission must be deeply meaningful to the founder and be compelling to people that the founder wants to hire.” MORE

Technically Philly: Ryzing: social gaming developer RockYou acquires Philly-based online bingo developer

June 21, 2012

“California-based social gaming developer RockYou acquired Center City-based online bingo developer Ryzing (founded by Manu Gambhir ENG’90/W’90) last week for an undisclosed amount” MORE Competitions Help Entrepreneurs Gain Funds, Attention

June 21, 2012

Ryan Marschang ENG’14/W’14, co-founder of Invisergy (winner of Stanford’s eBootcamp Competition), talks to CNBC Small Business News about how Invisergy developed and the future plans for the company. MORE

CNN Money: Warby Parker’s recipe for cool

June 20, 2012

“As it grows, Warby Parker will have the chance to pump more money into its branding. But [co-founder Neil Blumenthal WG’10] says the company won’t change from its “extra thoughtful” approach to spending common among the charitable groups.” MORE

Forbes: 6 Entrepreneurs Who Turned Service Into A Career

June 18, 2012

Included in this list are Hydros Bottle co-founders Aakash Mathur C’09/W’09 & Jay Parekh ENG’09 and Innova Dynamics founder Alexander Mittal ENG’07/W’07. MORE

Wall Street Journal: New York: Techie Magnet

June 18, 2012

2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition winner & Stylitics co-founder Rohan Deuskar WG’11 talks about the choice to move his company to the growing tech hub of NYC. MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila. retailer using short-term strategy

June 18, 2012

Philadelphia Business Journal talks to co-founder Stephan Jacob G’11/WG’11 about Kembrel’s flexible retail concept. Says Stephan: “I fell in love with Philly. It’s a great place to start a business” MORE

Forbes India: How Tsunami Victims Went To Savile Row

June 15, 2012

“The definition of bespoke is bending to new rules of the game. For Suresh Ramakrishnan [WG’03, with co-founder Mahesh Ramakrishnan], the social entrepreneurs of Savile Row, what matters equally is that the heritage of the Row should be preserved while the disadvantaged get a chance to flourish.” MORE

Philadelphia Tribune: Health contest aims to make changes for the better

June 13, 2012

“In an effort to help change outcomes in the Philadelphia region, Independence Blue Cross has announced the ‘IBX Game Changers Challenge’.”

“Launched in partnership with Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, ?What If! Innovation Partners and Venturef0rth, the Challenge is a six-week competition seeking innovative solutions to improve the region’s health and wellness.” MORE

The Next Web: NY Tech Meetup Launches Its 1st Women’s Demo Night

June 13, 2012

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company ElectNext to demo at NY Tech Meetup’s 1st Women’s Demo Night – a collaboration between Change the Ratio & Microsoft. MORE Infonautics alums recall their start

June 13, 2012

Read about some of “challenges that confronted the team that started Infonautics Inc. in 1992”, including Josh Kopelman W’93 and Lucinda Duncalfe C’85/WG’91 MORE

Philadelphia City Paper: The New Deal – Can Philly turn a tradition of brotherly love into a new sustainable economy?

June 12, 2012

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni companies Hydros Bottle & One Degree Solar are spearheading the movement to make Philadelphia a hub for social enterprise. MORE

The Next Web: Spreecast quietly continues redesign to hone its video broadcasting niche

June 11, 2012

Spreecast [created by StubHub founder Jeff Fluhr ENG’96/W’96] has been growing rapidly, and has garnered attention from countless celebs and big names like Demi Lovato, POLITICO, One Direction, Reese Witherspoon and Randy Zuckerberg.” MORE