Archive for December, 2012

Business Insider: 50 Must-Have Holiday Gifts For $50 Or Less

December 20, 2012

Business Insider names Co-Ed Supply (founded by Marissa Hu WG’14) to its list of  50 Must-Have Holiday Gifts For $50 Or Less. MORE

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TechCrunch: Y Combinator-Backed Rentobo Helps Landlords Fill Apartments Without All The Messy Paperwork

December 20, 2012

“Rentobo (founded by Matthew Capers W’09 & James Shkolnik SEAS’07) provides a platform for landlords, listing agents, and property management firms to not only post their open units across a number of different apartment listing sites, but it gives them a way to quickly and easily get information from prospective tenants with an online application process.” MORE

CNN Money: Why 84% of Kickstarter’s top projects shipped late

December 19, 2012

“This is what’s going to determine whether crowdfunding becomes a viable option for entrepreneurs: Do [backers] view themselves as patrons, the way Kickstarter started out? Or do they see themselves as customers who bought a product, or investors who should have a say in where the company is going?”, says Wharton professor Ethan Mollick. MORE

NPR From Scratch – A Radio Show about the Entrepreneurial Life

December 19, 2012

Jess Harris, host of From Scratch on NPR, interviews Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal WG’10. MORE

Wall Street Journal: Recruiting For Your Startup on Campus

December 19, 2012

Wharton alums Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg share tips about recruiting new employees while still in college. MORE

Silicon India: 12 Best Online Shopping Sites In India

December 18, 2012

Snapdeal, founded by Kunal Bahl M&T’06, named one of India’s Best Online Shopping Sites. MORE

Young Entrepreneur: From College Dropouts to Y-Combinator Darlings

December 18, 2012

YE’s Startup of the Month for December is FamilyLeaf.com co-founded by Wharton alum Wesley Zhao. MORE

Venture Beat: FundersClub advances online investing to next level with first closed fund

December 18, 2012

Crowdfunding platform FundersClub (founded by Boris Silver W’10 & Alex Mittal M&T’07) officially closed its first fund, raising more than $500K for fellow Y Combinator startup Virool. MORE

Forbes: 30 Under 30 – Technology

December 17, 2012

Forbes 30 Under 30: Technology features alums Jack Abraham, Boris Silver, Alex Mittal & Matt Doka. MORE

Bloomberg Businessweek: With SolarCity IPO, Elon Musk May Get Clean Tech Right

December 14, 2012

“‘It’s possible that Elon’s two clean-tech companies will be the two most successful clean-tech companies in the U.S.,’ said Peter Thiel, the entrepreneur, investor, and Facebook board member.” MORE

The Verge: Neverware hopes to save cash-strapped schools millions by making old PCs run like new

December 13, 2012

Neverware, founded by Jonathan Hefter W’09, has raised $1 million (from Thrive Capital, with Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst, GRP & Raptor Ventures) to drastically improve the technology schools can provide for students. MORE

Business Insider: The 50 Coolest New Businesses In America

December 12, 2012

Congrats to Curalate team & founder Apu Gupta (WG’05) for being named one of America’s 50 Coolest New Businesses! MORE

Technically Philly: Yorn: real-time feedback startup relocates to Center City, cites proposed Bill Green tax legislation

December 11, 2012

“Rick Rasansky (W’83), Yorn CEO, said that he relocated his business to Philly because of the talent pool and the ‘improving tax climate.'” MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: The region’s fastest-growing private companies: The Philadelphia 100

December 10, 2012

“M. Therese Flaherty, director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, said that after years of recession pressure on company growth rates, local entrepreneurs are finally seeing things return to normal.” MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: ElectNext gives you info you need to vote wisely

December 10, 2012

“When Keya Dannenbaum was an MBA student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, she forgot to register to vote for the 2010 elections. To some people, that wouldn’t have been a big deal, but before Dannenbaum entered Wharton in the fall of 2010, politics was her life.” MORE

Rediff.com: The men who took on Iron Man and Superman

December 10, 2012

Jason Kothari W’07, with childhood friend Dinesh Shamdasani, purchased Valiant Comics and are re-establishing its place as a major player in the comic book industry. MORE

Silicon Valley/San Jose Journal: 40 Under 40

December 7, 2012

FundersClub founders Alex Mittal (ENG’07/W’07) and Boris Silver (W’10) for being named to Silicon Valley/San Jose Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. MORE

TechCrunch: TripAdvisor Acquires Wanderfly To Continue Social Travel Push

December 7, 2012

“TripAdvisor, a site that offers free guides and reviews for various traveling adventures, has just acquired Wanderfly” – founded by Christy Liu C’04, Evan Schneyer W’04 & Cezary Pietrzak W’04 MORE

Also featured in VentureBeat – “TripAdvisor sets sights on social travel planning with Wanderfly buy”

AllThingsD: Gilt Groupe’s Hunt for a CEO Ends With Board Member Michelle Peluso

December 7, 2012

Michelle Peluso W’93, founder of Site59 (acquired by Travelocity) will join Gilt Group as the CEO in February 2013. MORE

Forbes: 4 Reasons Fido Can Be A Startup Founder’s Best Friend

December 6, 2012

Reel Tributes founder David Adelman WG’11 shares how his dog, a cute Shih Tzu named Samson, is helping him become a better entrepreneur. MORE

TechCrunch: DreamIt Ventures Teams Up With Blue Cross, Penn Medicine To Launch An Accelerator For Health Startups

December 6, 2012

 DreamIt Ventures Managing Partner Karen Griffith Gryga (GEN’93/WG’93) and Venturef0rth founder Dr. Elliot Menschik (G’99/MD’00) to co-lead DreamIt Health. MORE

Wharton Journal: Innovative Start-up connects brands and retailers

December 5, 2012

Thomas Baldwin (WG’13) interviews Mona Bijoor (WG ’05), Founder and CEO of JOOR, an “online global marketplace for wholesale buying that directly connects brands and retailers.” MORE

Philly.com: Talking Small Biz: Wharton grad finds genie in a (water) bottle

December 5, 2012

Hydros Bottle co-founder Aakash Mathur C’09/W’09 talks about the company’s origins, their partnership with Whole Foods and some plans for the future. MORE

Philly.com: Fund lets students follow entrepreneurial dreams

December 5, 2012

“The Dorm Room Fund will make investments of $10,000 to $20,000 to about 12 to 25 companies a year over two years. The thinking is that by getting close to the young entrepreneurs, the Dorm Room Fund – and First Round – have a shot at grabbing the next Facebook.” MORE

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Wharton MBAs Tap Into Alumni-Sourced Student Loans

December 5, 2012

“Fifty MBAs at The Wharton School will receive the first loans made by a new player [CommonBond, co-founded by Wharton alums David Klein, Michael Taormina and Jessup Shean] in the alumni-sourced lending market.” MORE