Archive for February, 2013

Huffington Post: Dorm Room CEO: Top 5 Most Predictable College Startup Ideas

February 28, 2013

Jonathon Youshaei (W’13) says “it’s never too early to bring your idea to life.” MORE


Philadelphia Inquirer: Help innovation thrive in Philly

February 25, 2013

Stephen Tang (WG’92), CEO & President of the University City Science Center, discusses the “three critical areas that should be a part of any conversation about the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship.” MORE

Business Standard: Tzinga wants to be the giant killer in energy drinks

February 25, 2013

India’s Business Standard says that Tzinga (founded by James Nuttall & Neeraj Kumar, both WG’10) “is the flavour to beat, not just for its undeniable value proposition in a Rs 25 energy drink, but also for its daring, infectious earnestness and down-to-earth values.” MORE

New York Times Dealbook: J. Crew Chief and American Express Invest in Warby Parker

February 25, 2013

Warby Parker (founded by 4 Wharton MBA alums) has “solidified ties” with American Express and the chief executive of J. Crew. MORE

AVC: Video Of The Week: Going To The Blackboard To Talk About Online Higher Education

February 25, 2013

Fred Wilson’s (WG’87) Video Of The Week on Online Higher Ed comes from his talk at Wharton on “being contrarian”. WATCH HERE

Khaleej Times: A Valiant Effort

February 22, 2013

Jason Kothari (W’07) talks about how he and partner Dinesh Shamdasani are resurrecting Valiant Comics’ brand of superheroes. MORE

Entrepreneur Magazine: Where the Founders of Young Startups Find Inspiration

February 21, 2013

Warby Parker founders Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa (both WG’10) share what inspires them – MORE

New York Times: Google Searches for Style

February 21, 2013

Google reportedly in talks with Wharton alum-founded Warby Parker to design stylish frames for Google Glass. MORE

This story is also featured in TechCrunch, BetaBeat, LA Times, FastCo Design, ABC News (blog), VentureBeat & the San Francisco Chronicle.

Los Angeles Times: Staying healthy while traveling

February 19, 2013

Doing any international travel over Spring Break? Don’t forget to sign up for VerbalizeIt, a language translation platform delivering real-time access to live translators. MORE

Washington Post features ReelGenie, founded by David Adelman WG’11

February 19, 2013

“‎ReelGenie, founded by David Adelman WG’11, is featured in The Washington Post for their upcoming trip to Austin for the SXSW Accelerator program. MORE

Entrepreneur Magazine: Say What?

February 19, 2013

VerbalizeIt (founded by Ryan Frankel WG’12 & Kunal Sarda WG’11) “interprets valuable lessons from the TechStars program.” MORE

SeedInvest Launches Equity-Based Crowdfunding Platform

February 12, 2013

SeedInvest (co-founded by Ryan Feit WG’12) Connects Accredited Investors With High-Quality Curated Investment Opportunities – MORE

NPR Morning Edition: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels In Beijing: Why The Chinese Didn’t Bite

February 11, 2013

NPR Morning Edition features The China Twist: An entrepreneur’s cautious tales on franchising in China by Wen-Szu Lin & Joseph Sze (both WG06). MORE

Huffington Post: Elon Musk: His Story in His Own Words (Video)

February 11, 2013

“For the first time, entrepreneur Elon Musk (C’97/W’97) shared his whole life story in front of a live audience in Silicon Valley.” MORE

AllThingsD: Warby Parker Competitor Rivet & Sway Raises $2 Million More

February 11, 2013

Rivet & Sway (founded by John Lusk WG’99), which sells prescription glasses online to women at $199 a pair, has raised $2 million in capital. The lead investor was Mousse Partners, with its existing investors Baseline Ventures and Harrison Metal also participating. MORE

VentureBeat: Members Only: NVCA admits FundersClub into its ranks

February 11, 2013

“FundersClub [founded by Boris Silver W’10 & Alex Mittal ENG’ 07/W’07] is the first and only online platform to be be granted membership in the NVCA [National Venture Capital Association] so far.” MORE

Business Insider: 51 Companies That Are Changing The Way We Shop

February 8, 2013

Wharton alumni companies Stylitics and Warby Parker are “revolutionizing retail.” MORE

Daily Pennsylvanian: Wharton techie turns jean connoisseur

February 8, 2013

MBA grad student Solomon Liou (WG’10) will launch specialized jeans website, Parke Jeans, this July – MORE

Pando Daily: Why is venture capital, the industry that funds innovation, so very un-innovative?

February 8, 2013

Josh Kopelman (W’93) of First Round Capital on the VC industry: ““If you look at the venture business, for an industry that funds innovation – it really doesn’t have that much.” MORE

Wharton Magazine: Portrait of Our Artists

February 8, 2013

“Success is sure to follow when you combine the business and entrepreneurial know-how gained at Wharton with the talent and passion for the arts.” MORE

Huffington Post: Startups and Investors: FundersClub Makes the Connection

February 8, 2013

FundersClub CEO Alex Mittal (ENG’07/W’07) answers a few questions about the first online VC at the NASDAQ building in NYC. MORE

Wharton Magazine: Watch List – Startups

February 8, 2013

Wharton Magazine shares their list of alumni start-ups to watch – MORE

Flying Kite Media: Philly startup is at the forefront of a consumer electronics revolution

February 7, 2013

Graphene Frontiers, with CEO Mike Patterson WG’12, is set to disrupt a number of industries with their revolutionary methods for producing graphene. MORE

Inc. Magazine: What a Killer Domain Name Is Really Worth

February 7, 2013

“Serial entrepreneur Jesse Stein (G’98/WG’98) bought the domain for $12,500 and turned it into a $19.5 million retail business.” MORE

Poets & Quants: The Lauder Magic Carpet Ride

February 7, 2013

The Lauder Institute, “the gold standard in international business education”, was instrumental to the entrepreneurial career of co-founder Davis Smith (G’11/WG’11). MORE