Archive for June, 2013

Bloomberg Businessweek: More Wharton MBAs Are Opting for Startups

June 28, 2013

“The percentage of Wharton MBAs starting their own businesses at graduation has nearly tripled in five years, and the number of students working summer internships with startups is up nearly 15 percent since last year, the school says.” MORE


Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

June 28, 2013

Four Wharton/Penn alums named 2013 Regional Award Winners, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – FULL LIST HERE

  • Chris and Natasha Ashton (both WG’03), Petplan
  • Apu Gupta (WG’05), Curalate
  • Samuel Whitaker (C’02/CGS’04), Greenphire

Poets & Quants: Wharton Hits Record High in Startup MBAs

June 28, 2013

Maria Halpern, Director of Student Engagement and Career Advisor for students interested in Entrepreneurship/Startups at Wharton MBA Career Management, comments on the growing trend of Wharton entrepreneurs. MORE

The Hamburg Sun: Young success: Grasso to hold leadership workshop for young girls

June 28, 2013

Wharton Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow Katlyn Grasso (W’15) asks “Why aren’t more girls pursuing more unique, versatile positions?” READ ARTICLE

To subscribe to the Hamburg Sun: AgileSwitch helps lead digital energy revolution

June 28, 2013

Rob Weber (EAS’82/W’82), “is CEO of AgileSwitch, a Center City company that builds a switch driver to power everything from renewable energies to electric cars. AgileSwitch operates from co-op space on Arch Street near 17th. Weber is a serial entrepreneur who also co-founded Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment group.” MORE

TechCrunch: Backed By First Round’s Dorm Room Fund, Pagevamp Turns Facebook Pages Into Websites

June 28, 2013

Congrats to the Pagevamp team! – Penn alums Atulya Pandey (C’13), Fred Wang (W’13) and Vincent Sanchez-Gomez (C’13) MORE

GOOD: The Grave Mistake Many Social Entrepreneurs Make, and How to Avoid It

June 28, 2013

If you want to found or fund a social enterprise, Wharton’s Professor Ian MacMillan and Jim Thompson suggest 4 critical questions you must ask. MORE

Upstart Business Journal: Badminton player, winemaker, almost-Thiel Fellow join Brandery class of 2013

June 28, 2013
Co-Ed Supply, founded by Marissa Hu (WG’13), joins Brandery, a national accelerator for consumer marketing companies. MORE

Personal Democracy Forum 2013: For Love…or Money? Why ‘For-Profit Civic Start-up’ Isn’t A Contradiction

June 19, 2013

Wharton and Venture Initiation Program alumna and founder of ElectNext dispels the myths that being a for-profit civic business distracts from doing good and being mission-driven is a barrier to “real” success. WATCH HERE

Philadelphia Daily News: Rx for better after-hospital care, reduced readmissions

June 19, 2013

Great interview with Eric Heil (WG’12), co-founder of RightCare Solutions, winner of the 2012 Wharton Business Plan Competition. MORE

Nibletez: Florida Startup World Housing Solution, Quick, Strong And Green!

June 19, 2013

“In addition to being extremely quick to set up the WHS shelters are hurricane resistant (up to 155mph), earthquake resistant (up to 7.8 richter), they don’t mold, mildew or rot, they’re fire resistant and bullet proof. Ultimately this makes the WHS shelters ideal for fast implementation in civilian, government and military installations.” MORE

Philadelphia Daily News: Springboard takes a big leap

June 19, 2013

“Springboard Collaborative is gearing up to bring its summer-reading model to four district schools in North Philadelphia that will serve 480 mostly K-3 pupils, at least half of whom will be arriving from three recently closed district schools.” MORE

Huffington Post: Small Steps to Revive Industry in the U.S.

June 14, 2013

According to Bobby Grajewski (WG’13), “For American manufacturing to resurge in this competitive global market, handcrafted niche products are an essential pillar that needs to be developed.” MORE

New York Times: A Small Company’s Reality Is Altered by ‘Shark Tank’

June 12, 2013

“Since Verbalizet, a technology start-up, was featured on a TV show, daily revenue has more than tripled.” MORE

Flying Kite Media: Springboard Collaborative expands its innovative summer reading program

June 12, 2013

“Now entering its third year, Springboard Collaborative (an alum of our Venture Initiation Program) has secured a vendor agreement with the Philadelphia School District, expanding their reach from a couple hundred kids to over 900 students at eight schools.” MORE

Pando Daily: Why Are You In Such A Rush

June 11, 2013

Dan Shipper (C’14), Firefly co-founder, has learned that “Moving as “quickly” as possible feels good. It feels productive. But ultimately I think being in a rush often slows you down.” MORE

Techincally Philly: Real Food Works moves from West Conshohocken to Center City

June 10, 2013

“Real Food Works [founded by Lucinda Duncalfe C’85/WG’91] now has more than 100 customers in the region and has delivered close to 15,000 meals. It has about 15 local restaurant partners and plans to ramp up its Center City restaurant partnerships now that it’s in the area.” MORE A chance to make money even when the charge is free

June 10, 2013

Venture Initiation Program alum Doug Baldasare (WG’12) “hopes to place 76 kiosks in the region by year’s end – enough to ensure that people are never more than two blocks from a free power source.” MORE

TechCrunch: AdMob Founder Omar Hamoui Joins Sequoia Capital

June 7, 2013

AdMob founder Omar Hamoui is joining Sequoia Capital as an Investment Partner. MORE

The Economic Times India: How new breed of money managers are managing small-size funds

June 7, 2013

Professor Kartik Hosanagar comments on early-stage investing in India. MORE

Business Insider: This Philly Startup Wants To Transform The Way Brands Use Pinterest And Instagram

June 7, 2013

Apu Gupta (WG’05) talks about the winding path that brought him to found Curalate, a company providing analytics for Pinterest and Instagram images. MORE

PhillyInc: Accelerating 11 ‘social-impact’ enterprises

June 6, 2013

Venture Initiation Program company ProfessorWord, founded by Betty Hsu (WG’14) and Ivan Chang, joins GoodCompany Group’s business accelerator program. MORE

Wall Street Journal: EBay Forms Partnership With India’s Snapdeal

June 6, 2013

“The e-commerce giant is leading a $50 million investment in three-year-old Indian competitor [founded by Kunal Bahl M&T’06] that also includes a multiyear commercial partnership with the fast-growing online retailer.” MORE

Fast Company: 30 Second MBA

June 4, 2013

Charlie Javice (W’14), founder of PoverUP, answers the question What Is A Risk Not Worth Taking? MORE

BetaBeat: This Paula Deen Salad Holds the Key to Pinterest Popularity

June 4, 2013

Curalate, founded by Apu Gupta (WG’05) has figured out what makes a Pinterest pin popular. MORE