Archive for March, 2013

TechCrunch: SEC Greenlights One Style Of Equity Crowdfunding For Startups

March 28, 2013

“The SEC today paved the way for a new era of venture capital investing by stating it won’t pursue enforcement action against FundersClub [founded by Boris Silver W’10 and Alex Mittal ENG’07/W’07], whose platform lets any accredited investor fund startups in exchange for equity.” MORE

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CBS Sunday Morning: Earning Good Housekeeping’s Seal of Approval

March 26, 2013

Peter Thomas Roth W’79 on CBS Sunday Morning celebrating PTR FirmX QVC TSV’s Good Housekeeping Magazine Seal of Approval. WATCH HERE

Financial Times: Entrepreneurs see pet project develop into a thriving venture

March 26, 2013

Chris and Natasha Ashton (both WG’03) have built a thriving pet insurance business (PetPlan) with support from a number of Wharton resources, faculty and alums. MORE

Entrepreneur: College Entrepreneurs Create Software to Help Businesses Thrive

March 26, 2013

“The experience of running two successful software companies is paying huge dividends for the three students: ‘Coming up with a concept, building a product, marketing it and talking to investors has been an incredible learning experience’.” says Dan Shipper C’14 about he and his Firefly & Airtime co-founders Patrick Leahy W’13 and Justin Meltzer W’12.

American Banker: Alumni-Sourced Lending Startup Plans Launch at 20 Schools

March 26, 2013

“You don’t have to sacrifice a financial return for social good,” says [CommonBond founder, Wharton alum David Klein]. “In fact, we’re finding that profit drives social good, and social good drives profit.” MORE

Wired: This Pill Bottle Is a Smartphone Wannabe

March 26, 2013

AdhereTech, founded by Josh Stein WG’12, is using smartphone technology to improve patients’ adherence to medication schedules. MORE

New York Times: Kick-Starting a Collection

March 20, 2013

Via Technically Philly: “Visual analytics firm Curalate [founded by Apu Gupta WG’05] got a shout in the New York Times last week for a study the startup did to find the most-liked Instagram photo from New York Fashion Week.”

Growthology: Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Crowdfunding

March 15, 2013

Professor Ethan Mollick discovered several factors that can influence a project’s success or failure on Kickstarter. MORE

Inc. Magazine: 2013 Coolest College Startups

March 13, 2013

List includes FamilyLeaf, founded by Wesley Zhao (on leave from Wharton) and Firefly, co-founded by Dan Shipper (C’14), Patrick Leahy (W’13) and Justin Meltzer (W’12). MORE

Wall Street Journal: How Solo Founders Beat The Odds and Get Into Top Accelerators

March 13, 2013

“To improve his chances, the Lawdingo CEO (Nikhil Nirmel W’08) spent a year building his beta site with contract software developers, and forging customer relationships, including with attorneys and their prospective clients.” MORE

AdAge: Warby Parker Founder Trades Retro Eyeglasses for Shaving Supplies

March 12, 2013

“Warby Parker, the e-seller of cheap eyeglasses and shades, exploded from a fledgling startup a popular consumer brand with millions of dollars in venture funding. With that experience under his belt, co-founder Jeff Raider [WG’10] is turning his focus to the launch of a new consumer brand aimed at the hipster set.” MORE

TechCrunch: An Interview With Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin On The Wild Rise Of Crowdsourcing

March 12, 2013

“Crowdfunding isn’t just for gadgets anymore.” – Slava Rubin W’00 talks about the rise of crowdfunding. MORE

Daily Pennsylvanian: Wharton grads start online investment firm

March 12, 2013

FundersClub’s founders, Alex Mittal (ENG’07/W’07) & Boris Silver (W’10), and early employee Felicia Curcuru (W’07), “first met during their undergraduate days at Penn, when they were both pursuing degrees in the Wharton School and developing their interests in entrepreneurship.” MORE

Mashable: Toasting Success With Warby Parker Co-Founder Neil Blumenthal

March 7, 2013

“[Neil] Blumenthal [WG’10] sat down with Mashable’s Chief Strategy Officer Adam Ostrow to talk about success, celebrating milestones and why networking shouldn’t be a dirty word.” MORE

Bloomberg TV: Win-Win for Student and Investors?

March 6, 2013

David Klein, Venture Initiation Program alumni member and co-founder of CommonBond Co, speaks on Bloomberg Television about how his company is working to fix the broken student loan industry. MORE

San Francisco Business Times: 40 Under 40

March 4, 2013

Congrats to Narinder Singh (WG’04) for being named to San Francisco Business Times’ 40 Under 40 list! MORE