Archive for January, 2013

TechCrunch: YC-Backed Hipmob Wants To Become The Premier In-App Customer Service Tool

January 31, 2013

With Hipmob, founder Ayo Omojola (W’4/WG’11) “hopes to become the “premier support service for mobile.” MORE

Pando Daily: The world’s largest student-run hackathon isn’t at Stanford or MIT — it’s at Penn

January 30, 2013

Congrats to the PennApps organizers for an incredibly successful event! MORE

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Announces $1.65 Million Contribution from Ellen Hanson Perlman and Richard E. Perlman

January 30, 2013

Many thanks to Richard (W’68) & Ellen Perlman for the $1.65M gift to support our Wharton Business Plan Competition! MORE

Coverage of the Perlman gift in the Philadelphia Business Journal and CBS Philly.

New York Times: Revolution Hits the Universities

January 30, 2013

Weekend column in The New York Times by Tom Friedman recognizes Wharton as the place to get an entrepreneurship education. MORE

Talking Small Biz: He’s taking a leap forward in ticketing

January 30, 2013

Christ Stanchak (WEV’03) and a Venture Initiation Program alum talks to Philly.com about his platform for do-it-yourself event ticketing. MORE

NY Times: Help for a Start-Up, but at a High Price

January 24, 2013

Josh Kopelman (W’93) of First Round Capital gives some advice to a struggling entrepreneur – MORE

That Training Guide: Making Sense of Pinterest and the Visual Web

January 18, 2013

Profiles Curalate (co-founded by Apu Gupta WG’05) as a tool to monetize visual marketing efforts – MORE

TechCrunch: Backed By New Partnerships With Humana, Aetna & Verizon, Blueprint Health Debuts Its Third Class Of Healthcare Disruptors

January 18, 2013

DocASAP (founded by Puneet Maheshwari WG’09) to join the 3rd class of Blueprint Health accelerator. MORE

Business Today: Surfeit of Energy

January 18, 2013

Hector Beverages (founded by James Nuttall & Neeraj Kumar, both WG’10) named one of India’s Coolest Startups MORE

Venture Beat: How Rick Thompson became the über investor for gaming (interview)

January 18, 2013

Wharton Entrepreneurship advisory board member Rick Thompson (WG’96) discusses how he got started in investing, how he finds talent and upcoming disruptive trends. MORE

Esquire Style: Building a Brand: Solomon Liou, Parke New York

January 18, 2013

In Esquire Style, Solomon Liou (WG’10) talks about how life has changed since he left the start-up tech world for the fashion industry. MORE

New York Times Blog: Introducing Building the Team: Flower Power

January 17, 2013

Bryan Burkhart (W’97), co-founder of H.Bloom, shares his thoughts on team building and growing his company. MORE

Bloomberg News: Small Firms to Keep Lagging Back in U.S. Expansion

January 17, 2013

“Becoming an exporter requires overcoming ‘frictions,’ like learning to navigate cultural differences and setting communications, said Therese Flaherty, director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania. While that doesn’t mean small companies will not be able to export, the initial costs for a small business are larger relative to its sales, she said.” MORE

CNN Money: Knowing when to call it quits on your startup

January 16, 2013

Venture Initiation Program advisor Professor Patrick FitzGerald shares his thoughts about “Knowing when to call it quits on your startup” on CNNMoney.com. MORE

Philly.com: Talking Small Biz: For start-up, pictures are worth more than a thousand words

January 16, 2013

Curalate founder Apu Gupta WG’05 shares some of his goals for the company and their “secret sauce”. MORE

AllThingsD: Pinterest Analytics Service Curalate Raises $3M

January 15, 2013

Curalate, founded by Apu Gupta WG’05 “which applies image recognition to track pictures posted on Pinterest on behalf of brands, has now raised $3 million in Series A funding led by NEA with First Round Capital and MentorTech Ventures.” MORE

TechCrunch: Flatiron Health Raises $8M From Google Ventures, First Round To Build An Intelligent Data Platform For Oncology

January 15, 2013

“Flatiron Health [founded by alums Nat Turner W’08 and Zach Weinberg], the developers of an intelligent oncology data platform, has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding led by Google Ventures with participation from First Round Capital, Laboratory Corporation of America, Great Oaks Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, SV Angel, IA Ventures and angel investors.” MORE

Gigaom: An Ivy education without the debt? Minerva Project creates non-profit to figure out how

January 15, 2013

Wharton undergrad alum Ben Nelson W’97 seeks to disrupt education with the Minerva Project. MORE

Forbes: How Economics Can Fix Your Life

January 14, 2013

Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen recommends our Academic Director Professor Ian MacMillan’s “discovery-driven planning” in new book How Will You Measure Your Life? MORE

Mashable: Social Sites for Families: More Personal than Facebook

January 10, 2013

FamilyLeaf, co-founded by Wesley Zhao (W14), address families’ desire for privacy when connecting with family members via social media. MORE

Penn Current: Student Spotlight with Catherine Kipsang

January 10, 2013

Penn Current interviews Catherine Kipsang (C’13), Founder of Givenumbers, a social platform for Kenyan politics. MORE

TechCrunch: Proving The Value Of Crowdfunding, Soldsie Raises $425K And Hires One Of 72 Investors Via FundersClub

January 9, 2013

Through FundersClub (co-founded by Boris Silver W’10 & Alex Mittal ENG’07/W’07), Soldsie (founded by Chris Bennett W’07) raises $425,000 and hires a new Chief Scientist. MORE

Philly.com: Talking Small Biz: This company was a snap to start up

January 9, 2013

Ted Mann (C’99/CGS’04) talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about how he got the idea for SnipSnap and the future plans for the company. MORE

Poets and Quants: Another Low-Cost MBA Loan Option

January 9, 2013

Wharton alum David Klein, co-founder of CommonBond Co, gives a great shout-out to our educational business incubator, the Venture Initiation Program: “When you are selected, there is instant credibility because the venture committee is very much part of the startup scene on campus.” MORE

Mashable: Inside ZocDoc’s Quest to Reinvent Health Care

January 8, 2013

Mashable tells the story of how a ruptured ear drum spurred Cyrus Massoumi W’98 to co-found ZocDoc. MORE