Archive for May, 2013

The Economist: Crowdfunding in America – End of the peer show

May 31, 2013

Wharton alum David Klein, co-founder of CommonBond Co, “stresses the importance of having MBA alumni fund students to create a sense of community.” MORE

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Philly.com: Bella Vista man ‘aims to squeeze’

May 31, 2013

Liberty Bellows, founded by Michael Bulboff (G’07/GRW’12), is a one-stop shop for accordion purchasing, renting, repairing and learning. Bruce Springsteen’s accordionist, Charles Giordano, is a customer! MORE

INC: Warby Parker CEO: Why Empathy Matters

May 31, 2013

“Neil Blumenthal [WG’10], co-founder of Warby Parker, says it’s important to teach your staff to be aware of others. Here’s why.”

Philly.com: Fresh Thinking for City Schools

May 29, 2013

An “encouraging step was taken when the SRC [School Reform Commission] green-lighted a four-school, 480-student pilot program. The Springboard Collaborative is an innovative summer-reading curriculum, the brainchild of 24-year-old Alejandro Gac-Artigas [Venture Initiation Program alum and Master of Education degree holder from the University of Pennsylvania].” MORE

Bloomberg Businessweek: Wharton Grads Start a Feeding Frenzy on ‘Shark Tank’

May 29, 2013

“Not many entrepreneurs would reject an investment from Mark Cuban, but Ryan Frankel and Kunal Sarda, graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, did—and on national television.” MORE

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Oxford Business Students Get a New Way to Finance Their MBAs

May 29, 2013

Article mentions CommonBond, founded by Wharton MBA alums David Klein and Michael Taormina, and Jessup Shean (L’12/WG’12). MORE

The Wall Street Journal: Forget to Take Medicine? These Pills Will Tell Your Doctor

May 29, 2013

“Startups [including AdhereTech founded by Josh Stein WG’12] Devise Ways to Help Patients Stick to Their Pill-Taking Schedule.” MORE

TechCrunch: Zoobean Grabs $500K From Kapor Capital & Others For Its Handpicked Kids’ Books Subscription Service & Online Shop

May 29, 2013

Jordan Bookey (WG’07) and her husband have launched Zoobean, to help parents “find, buy, and recommend remarkable children’s books and e-books.” MORE

Philly.com: She’s using healthy food in a convenient way to change people’s lives

May 23, 2013

Lucinda Duncalfe (C’85/WG’91) shares her “chocolate-peanut butter moment” when she realized that the excess capacity of restaurants could be used to make it easier for people to eat healthy foods. MORE

TechCrunch: Hoping To Ride The Crowdfunding Wave, Celery Lets Sellers Accept Pre-Orders, Charge When Products Ready To Ship

May 21, 2013

Y Combinator-backed Celery, founded by Brian Nguyen & Chris Tsai (both WG’13), helps companies develop strong customer relationships from the start, by improving the “pre-commerce” experience. MORE

Region’s Business: Penn Inspires Creative Thinking Through Business Competitions

May 20, 2013

Region’s Business – Philadelphia highlights Wharton Entrepreneurship programs for “inspiring creative thinking”. MORE

Wireless Pill Bottle Wins Healthcare Innovation World Cup

May 16, 2013

AdhereTech [founded by Josh Stein WG’12] receives $50,000 grand prize in global diabetes innovation challenge funded by Boehringer Ingelheim. MORE

Penn Gazette: Pimp My Robot

May 15, 2013

In “Pimp My Robot”, Venture Initiation Program member Dick Zhang (ENG’15) talks about winning Penn’s Y-Prize for his plan to commercialize flying robot technology from GRASP Lab – UPenn (with co-founders Kelsey Duncombe-Smith EE’15 & Andy Wu GRW’16). MORE

Your Story: “eCommerce Is Only For Long Term Players,” Wharton Professor, Kartik Hosanagar

May 14, 2013

Professor Kartik Hosanagar gives his thoughts on ecommerce in India. MORE

Forbes: New Generation of Consumer-Friendly Jewelry Websites

May 14, 2013

Stone & Strand (Nadine McCarthy Kahane WG’12) and Adornia Fine Jewelry (Becca Aronson C’05/WG’13 & Moran Amir WG’13) are jewelry websites “working to bridge the gap among e-commerce, social media and bricks-and-mortar retail.” MORE

The Next Web: Highland Capital names the 9 student companies participating in its 2013 Summer@Highland program

May 13, 2013

“Highland Capital Partners has announced the names of the 9 student companies participating in its sixth annual Summer@Highland program.” List includes Skylbridge, founded by Brett Lewis (WG’13) & Raj Jeyakumar (WG’13). MORE

Skylbridge also featured in PandoDaily: Summer@Highland is like success camp for student entrepreneurs.

Fast Company – 100 Most Creative People in Business

May 13, 2013

Congratulations to Michelle Peluso (W’93), CEO of Gilt Group – FULL LIST HERE

NY Times You’re the Boss blog: One Social Media Start-Up Rises From the Ashes of Another

May 13, 2013

“One of the hardest things for an entrepreneur to do is to admit defeat. But in the case of [Curalate founders] Apu Gupta (WG’05) and Nick Shiftan, failure was likely the best thing that could have happened to them.” MORE

Penn Gazette: On a Roll

May 10, 2013

How the Penn alumnus (Samuel Reeves W’05) behind Humanistic Robotics, Inc. is saving the world one landmine at a time—and making money doing it. MORE

Extensive coverage of LiveSafe (with Executive Chairman Jeff Grass’99) in wake of 6th anniversary of Virgina Tech shooting

May 6, 2013

LiveSafe provides the right tools and information for individuals and safety officials to collaborate and build safer communities.”

LiveSafe has been featured in Huffington Post Live, CNN Money, Los Angeles TimesMashable and on NBC 4 – Washington DC.