Archive for April, 2013

Coverage of 2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize winner Zenkars

April 29, 2013

Zenkars, founded by Jim Chabas (WG’13) and Venkat Jonnala (WG’13), is an online retailer of used cars. For the consumer, Zenkars sells the best-priced used cars online with a peaceful buying experience.  The company removes middlemen and gets cars directly from commercial sellers – bypassing auto auctions, wholesalers and dealers. For the corporate seller, Zenkars offers the first direct to consumer remarketing channel.

Zenkars is the winner of the 2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize. The WBPC Venture Finals event and Zenkars’ win has been featured in India West, the New York Times You’re the Boss blog, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Times of India, Knowledge@Wharton, Penn News, Silicon India, Technically Philly and ClearAdmit.

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek: MBAs Forgo Summer Internships for Startup Work

April 22, 2013

The Wharton School supports students choosing to intern at start-ups and build their own businesses over the summer. MORE

CNBC & Vogue Magazine cover opening of Warby Parker flagship retail store

April 12, 2013

CNBC: Wharton alum founded Warby Parker opens first flagship store in New York City. MORE

Vogue Magazine covers the flagship store’s opening celebration – PHOTOS HERE

EWEEK: Philadelphia Telehealth Service 1DocWay Aids Psychiatric Patients

April 10, 2013

“1DocWay’s [founded by Samir Malik C’08/W’08/GEN’13/WG’13] telehealth service focuses on telepsychiatry and has given a boost to health care IT in the Philadelphia area.” MORE

WSJ The Accelerators: Neil Blumenthal: Three Rules for Pricing

April 10, 2013

“Pricing is the hidden challenge of entrepreneurship. It’s a topic that no one talks about, even though (or perhaps because) it involves difficult decisions that hugely impact the success of your business.” MORE

Fast Company: Where Others See Imperfection, Successful Businesses See Opportunity

April 10, 2013

“The founders of FITiST [Neda Talebian Funk WG’06 and Caroline Limpert WG’07] unpack how they turn imperfection into opportunity–whether we’re talking about bodies, business plans, or unexpected setbacks.” MORE

Pando Daily: Dorm Room Fund heads to San Francisco, Philly team backs Whamix in second deal

April 10, 2013

First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund launches on the West Coast and Philly team invests in it’s second company – Whamix, founded by Ashish Parikh WG’13. MORE

Digital Journal: The University of Pennsylvania Health System and RightCare Solutions, Inc. Announce Expanded Partnership to Reduce Readmissions

April 5, 2013

“The University of Pennsylvania Health System and RightCare Solutions, Inc., an evidence-based technology organization specializing in hospital care transitions and readmission management, today announced an expanded partnership with the goal of improving care coordination and reducing readmissions.” MORE

Philadelphia Inquirer: New firm works to reduce hospital readmissions of elderly patients

April 5, 2013

Coverage of the 2012 Wharton Business Plan Competition winner RightCare Solutions, founded by Mrinal Bhasker, WG’12 (WEMBA-East) ; Kathryn H. Bowles, Penn professor; Eric Heil, ENG’05/WG’12 (WEMBA-East) ; and Matt Tanzer, W’02/WG’12 (WEMBA-East). MORE

Gigaom: Penn students build Firefly to make co-browsing drop-dead easy

April 2, 2013

“Patrick Leahy [W’13], co-founder of startup Firefly, turned down a prestigious Wall Street investment banking internship to build software that takes the messy plug-ins and downloads out of web-based customer support services.” MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: Doing it in the dorms

April 2, 2013

Ashwin Muthia W’15 and Alexander Izydorczyk W’15 cite the creation of  The Dorm Room Fund as a great incentive to start their own business while still in school. MORE

TechCrunch: ElectNext Raises $1.3M To Provide Contextual Political Data To News Sites

April 2, 2013

Congrats to Wharton alumnae Keya Dannenbaum and the ElectNext team! MORE

New York Times: An Eyewear Company’s Simple Sell

April 1, 2013

“The start-up Warby Parker is one of a number of new innovators that has decided to design, manufacture and sell its inexpensive products directly to its Web-savvy customers.” WATCH HERE