Archive for July, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer: Two Philadelphia entrepreneurs offer a cheaper way to remit money to Latin America

July 30, 2012

Edrizio De La Cruz WG’11 co-founded Regalii to improve the way that immigrants send money to support their families in their home countries. MORE

Wharton Magazine: Institutionalizing Entrepreneurial Urges

July 30, 2012

Wharton Magazine highlights how the Wharton Innovation Fund supports Venture Initiation Program alum companies Invisergy (John Foye, W’13/E’13 and Ryan Marschang, W’14/E’14) and ElectNext (Keya Dannenbaum, MBA on leave) MORE

Philly Startup Leaders “Starter Series”

July 27, 2012

WATCH: Philly Startup Leaders “Starter Stories” series features an interview with Balu Chandrasekaran WG’12, founder of Lokalty MORE

The Economic Times of India: With MBA from US, Indians return to do business at home

July 27, 2012

The Economic Times of India showcases the growing number of Ivy League educated Indian students who are returning home to India to pursue an entrepreneurial career path. The article features a number of Wharton/Penn students and alums, including Sameer Nigam WG’09; Shuchi Pandya WG’12; Anirudh Suri WG’12; Vinay Mahadik WG’13; Shiv Kapoor W’13 & Aneesh Satnaliwala W’13/E’13 (co-founders of; Kunal Bahl M&T’06 (founder of SnapDeal) and Daniel Garblik WG’11 & Lalit Kalani WG’11 (co-founders of Bandar Foods) MORE

Philadelphia Magazine announces Best of Philly list

July 27, 2012

Congrats to University of Pennsylvania alum Brian Lipstein C’06, founder of Henry A. Davidsen: Master Tailors & Image Consultants – Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly winner for Men’s Tailoring!

TechCrunch: FundersClub Wants To Bypass VC And Let YOU Invest In Startups

July 26, 2012

Congrats to Boris Silver W’10 & Alexander Mittal M&T’07 on the launch of FundersClub! MORE

TechCrunch: Greylock Adds Joseph Ansanelli As Its Newest Partner To Focus On Enterprise

July 26, 2012

VIDEO: On TechCrunch TV, Joseph Ansanelli W’92 shares “why he decided to make the leap from entrepreneur to full-time investor, why he went the standard VC route instead of being an individual angel investor, and what he looks for in startups and entrepreneurs.” MORE

AdAge: GroupM Next Taps Pinterest Analytics Company Curalate

July 24, 2012

“GroupM Next has inked a licensing deal with Curalate, an analytics platform that uses image-recognition technology to mine “pins” for actionable data for brands.” MORE

Business Insider: Omaze Raises $1 Million So Regular People Can Experience Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunities For $5

July 24, 2012

Omaze (co-founded by Matt Pohlson WG’11) gives everyone a chance to win once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, like a trip to SpaceX’s Singularity University headquarters, or a hang-out session with the cast of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” MORE

Mashable: Meet the Food Discovery Site for Foodies ‘Frustrated With Yelp’

July 24, 2012

Taste Savant, founded by Sonia Kapadia (C’02), is a “food-discovery platform featuring select reviews from trusted sources.” MORE

India West: Fair Observer Aims to Plug Gaps in News Analysis

July 23, 2012

Fair Observer co-founder Atul Singh WG’10 (with Fabian Neuen WG’10) wants to “provide a platform where the audience could find the context, get analysis from around the world — a 360 degree perspective.” MORE

New York Times: Got the Next Great Idea?

July 20, 2012

The New York Times quotes Venture Initiation Program advisor Professor Jeffrey Babin (C’85/WG’91) on the rise of campus incubators to support student entrepreneurs. MORE

Wall Street Journal: Warby Parker Co-Founder Says Initial Vision Was All About Price

July 19, 2012

In The Wall Street Journal’s How I Built It feature, Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal WG’10 talks about how the brand was created and why they’ve chosen to open a brick-and-mortar store in SOHO. MORE

Tech Crunch: LocalResponse Teams Up With ShopLocal For In-Store Mobile Ads

July 18, 2012

“Kathy Leake, LocalResponse’s co-founder and president [with Nihal Mehta C’99/ENG’99], says that the partnership should help retailers deliver more relevant ads, which in turn should ‘significantly increase in-store redemptions and purchases that may not have occurred otherwise.’” MORE

Tech Crunch: Startup Brings Its Catered Meals To New York City

July 18, 2012

“ co-founder Zach Yungst [C’06/W’06, with Alex LortonW’06] says the company has now served more than 800,000 meals to companies like Apple, Dropbox, and Square. It matches up small food vendors with companies in need of catering — workers get varied, (hopefully) tasty meals delivered to their offices with a minimum of hassle, and food carts, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and other small vendors can reach a new audience.” MORE

Tech Crunch: Following $16.7 Million Series B, Brazil’s Expands With Kid-Focused Flash Sales Site

July 18, 2012

“While [founded by Davis Smith G’11/WG’11] is like a for Brazil, with, the company is introducing Brazil’s first flash sales site for moms with kids and babies.” MORE

Mashable: How NFC Tech Stole the Show at a New York Event

July 17, 2012

Tasting Table used Tagstand (co-founded by Omar Seyal WG’11) to allow participants to vote in real-time at its Lobster Roll Rumble in NYC MORE

Technically Philly: Curalate: Pinterest analytics shop doubles client base to 400, including Kraft Foods, Warby Parker

July 17, 2012

“Since its launch in May, [founder Apu Gupta WG’05] says Curalate has doubled its client base to more than 400 brands, including Kraft Foods, Bergdorf Goodman and Warby Parker.” MORE

Haverford Alumni Magazine: Entrepreneurship 101

July 17, 2012

Haverford Alumni Magazine features VerbalizeIt (founded by Ryan Frankel WG12 & Kunal Sarda WG11) MORE

All Things D: Word-of-Mouth Ads, for a Fee: Dynamic Signal Raises $13 Million From Venrock, Time Warner

July 17, 2012

“Dynamic Signal [founded by Russ Fradin W’97], which describes itself as a ‘social CRM’ platform, has raised a $13.3 million B round led by Venrock.” MORE

Data Informed: Foursquare, Vinspin Unleash Hadoop-based Recommendation Engines

July 17, 2012

Need a wine recommendation? Check out VinSpin, a mobile app developed by VinoEno co-founders Victor Chao & Kevin Bersofsky (2011 MBA grads from the Wharton Executive MBA program in San Francisco) MORE

TechCrunch: Thiel-backed Lore Bets The Newsfeed Is Education’s Future

July 16, 2012

Lore (formerly Coursekit) is an alum company of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, our educational business incubator MORE
Lore has also recently been featured in BetaBeat (Lore Launches a Rebuilt Platform, Aims to be a LinkedIn for Education) and USA Today (Web-based education tries to get more social)

IBX Game Changers Challenge Finalists announced

July 16, 2012

4 of the 15 Finalists in the Independence Blue Cross Game Changers Challenge are Wharton students/alums! Congrats to Samir Malik (C’08/W’08/GEN’13/WG’13) of 1DocWay, Cliff Jones (WG’13) of Allazo Health, Lucinda Duncalfe (C’85/WG’91) & Derek Kleinow (WG’13) of RealFood and Eric Heil (WG’12), Matt Tanzer (WG’12) & Mrinal Bhasker (WG’12) of RightCare Solutions. MORE

Forbes: What Are Common Mistakes That Applicants Make When Writing Their Resumes For Tech Companies?

July 13, 2012

Gayle Laakmann McDowell ENG’05/GEN’05/WG’11 points out the top mistakes people make on their resumes. MORE

TechCrunch: How-To Publisher Open Air Raises $800K From SV Angel, Charles River, And Others

July 12, 2012

Open Air Publishing (with Founder Jon Feldman WG’10 & VP of Marketing & Biz Dev Alison Go WG’11) raises $800,000 seed funding to disrupt how books are published for tablets and mobile devices. MORE