Archive for October, 2012

Technically Philly: ‘Everywhere you look there are artifacts of entrepreneurship and innovation’

October 31, 2012

‘Philly is full of rich history and a booming start up scene which all make it a very exciting place to be.’ says Justin Sapolsky W’08/WG’14, runner-up in General Assembly story contest. MORE

IndiaWest: Booking Health Appointments Online a Snap with DocASAP

October 31, 2012

Congrats to Puneet Maheshwari WG’09, CEO and founder of DocAsap, for securing the Medowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, NJ as a customer. MORE

NJTC’s CEO of the Year Awards

October 31, 2012

Congratulations to the University City Science Center CEO Steve Tang WG’92, NJTC’s Not-for-Profit CEO of the Year! MORE

Philly.com:What kids need: A disruptive influence

October 31, 2012

Philly.com profiles Wharton Venture Initiation Program member Alejandro Gac-Artigas (2011 Masters in Education) and his venture Springboard Collaborative, “a comprehensive summer reading program that has the potential to eradicate the [student] achievement gap.” MORE

Forbes: The Ten Best Serial Entrepreneurs You’ve Never Heard Of

October 31, 2012

Wharton alums Omar Hamoui & Josh Kopelman are 2 of Forbes’ “Ten Best Serial Entrepreneurs [some people have] Never Heard Of” MORE

Philadelphia Magazine: The Smartest People in Philadelphia

October 26, 2012

Philadelphia Magazine names a number of Penn/Wharton professors, students and alums to its list of the Smartest People in Philadelphia, including: Evan Rosenbaum W’14 of EKR Media, Engineering Professor Vijay Kumar, Puneet Maheshwari WG’09 of DocASAP, Robert Cheetham GLA’97 of Azavea, Josh Kopelman W’93 of First Round Capital, Professor Carl June MD, Professor Zeke Emanuel and Wharton Professor Jonah Berger. MORE

Business Insider: THE SILICON ALLEY 100: The Coolest People In New York Tech This Year

October 26, 2012

Congrats to all the Penn & Wharton grads on the Business Insider Silicon Alley 100: Coolest People in New York Tech!
On the list are: Waiby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal, Dave Gilboa, Andrew Hunt and Jeffrey Raider (all WG’10); Iqram Magdon-Ismail ENG’05/ENG’06, Andrew Kortina C’05 of Venmo; Meredith Perry C’11 of uBeam; Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg (both W’08) of Flatiron Health; David Tisch C’03 & Adam Rothenberg W’07 of TechStars; Nihal Mehta C’99/ENG’99 of Local Response; Bryan Burkhart W’97 of H. Bloom; Cyrus Massoumi W’98 of ZocDoc; Jake Schwartz WG’08 of General Assembly; Ben Lerer C’03 of Thrillist and Lerer Ventures; Fred Wilson WG’87 of Union Square Ventures; Phin Barnes WG’09 of FIrst Round Capital; and David Pakman ENG’91 of Venrock. MORE

Fast Company: 105 Looks: A Makeover For Beauty E-Commerce (And You)

October 26, 2012

“105 Looks (co-founded by Marcus C’97/WG’06 and Caroline WG’09 Dahllof) stands out for pairing personalized advice meted out via a live beauty stylist with the ability for customers to buy from a wide range of popular department store brands.” MORE

Business Insider: INSTANT MBA: When It Comes To Marketing, It’s All About Word Of Mouth

October 25, 2012

Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal WG’10 “explains that sales continue to increase for a company when it has something interesting enough to talk about. If conversation can occur after media hype has subsided, your company will grow.” MORE

Flying Kite Media: Election season drives membership, hiring and investment growth for ElectNext

October 25, 2012

“ElectNext aims to better connect estranged voters with authentic politics. They’re continued success could help make super-packs and fact-checking frenzies a thing of the past.” MORE

The Atlantic: AdhereTech: Making Pill Counting Easy

October 25, 2012

“A young New York startup (founded by Josh Stein WG’12) has created technologies to help eliminate errors in how people take pills, potentially extending the lives of millions.” MORE

CNBC: Eyewear Maker Warby Parker on Growth, Innovation

October 25, 2012

“Upstart eyewear company Warby Parker is focused on growth, quick product delivery and learning lessons from peers in the broad retail space, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal [WG’10] said.” MORE

Philly 100 – 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Philadelphia

October 25, 2012

Congratulations to the Penn/Wharton alumni companies named to the Philly 100 – the 100 fastest growing companies in Philadelphia!
#22 – Henry A. Davidsen: Master Tailors & Image Consultants (founder & President Brian Lipstein C’06)

#31 – InstaMed (founder, President & CEO Bill Marvin C’92)
#34 – Petplan Pet Insurance (USA) (co-founders & co-CEOs Chris and Natasha Ashton, both WG’03)
#71 – TicketLeap (founder & CEO Chris Stanchak WEV’03)

New York Times: Artsicle Rents Inexpensive Art Cheaply

October 25, 2012

Artsicle (co-founded by Alexis Tryon C’08) is the Gallerist to the People MORE

MBA Channel: A nation at a glance: Brazil’s rise to the top

October 22, 2012

The growth of Baby.com.br, co-founded by Davis Smith G’11/WG’11, underscores the emergence of Brazil as a supportive environment for entrepreneurs. MORE

VentureBeat: These are the people making NYC tech rock

October 22, 2012

Cyrus Massoumi W’98, Nihal Mehta C’99/ENG’99, David Tisch C’03 and Fred Wilson WG’87 named by VentureBeat as people making NYC tech rock! MORE

Wall Street Journal: ‘Crowdfunding’ College Costs

October 22, 2012

CommonBond Co, founded by David Klein & Mike Taormina (both WG’13) and Jessup Shean (WG’12/JD’12) highlighted in The Wall Street Journal. MORE

TechCrunch: Despite Legal Risks, FundersClub Raises Massive $6M Seed Round To Turn The Crowd Into Venture Capitalists

October 19, 2012

FundersClub, co-founded by Boris Silver W’10 & Alex Mittal ENG’07/W’07, has just closed a $6 million seed round – the largest ever by a Y Combinator company. MORE

Technically Philly: VenturePact: instead of capital, these Penn students will invest in startups with product development

October 19, 2012

“If you’ve got a killer business idea, why waste time looking for the perfect CTO?” Check out VenturePact, founded by Randy Rayess C’13/W’13 & Pratham Mittal C’13/ENG’13 MORE

The Daily Pennsylvanian: Warby Parker founders look at charity through a new lens

October 12, 2012

Warby Parker is disrupting the eyewear industry and as well as helping to evolve the Buy One, Give One charity model. MORE

Forbes: The VisionSpring Model: Creating Markets And Players Instead Of Empty CSR

October 12, 2012

Dr. Jordan Kassalow, founder of VisionSpring, talks about how his work with Warby Parker is different from traditional Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. MORE

Philadelphia News: Philly As A “Smart City” For Entrepreneurs

October 12, 2012

“Philadelphia is increasingly the place to be if you are an entrepreneur, an innovator, or an investor,” said Josh Kopelman (W’93) of First Round Capital.  “I look forward to helping entrepreneurs and startups succeed in Philly as part of an ecosystem that will allow the next generation of exciting, innovative companies to grow and stay in this city.” MORE