Archive for August, 2013

PandoDaily: Warby Parker: The result of a perfectly calculated MBA machine

August 30, 2013

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PandoDaily: Warby Parker: The tech startup that isn’t a tech company at all

August 30, 2013

Did you miss Neil Blumenthal’s PandoDaily fireside chat? You can read about it (and see a video clip) here:

Neil (WG’10) defends himself against the charge of being “insufferably hipster”, and more. MORE

Under 30 CEO: Investability of a Startup: Interview with BoxGroup’s David Tisch

August 28, 2013

BoxGroup’s David Tisch C’03 looks for “team, market, product & idea, in that exact order.” That’s what he told Under 30 CEO in this terrific interview.

Give it a read to learn more about what Tisch is seeking in a potential investment. MORE

Fortune Magazine: The new face of word-of-mouth marketing

August 28, 2013

What’s the secret to successful word-of-mouth marketing?

Fortune Magazine has the answer–and, no surprise, one of their prime examples is our own Warby Parker (Neil Blumenthal, David Gilboa, Andrew Hunt, and Jeffrey Raider, all WG’10). MORE

PandoDaily: Stay in town New Yorkers and get your tickets to see Neil Blumenthal now!

August 27, 2013

New Yorkers, there may no cooler event to be at tomorrow than a “Fireside Chat” with Neil Blumenthal WG’10, of Warby Parker fame. Last we checked, tickets were still available. MORE

Entrepreneur: Do You Have the Right Kind of Confidence?

August 27, 2013

Wharton Prof Richard Shell gives Entrepreneur his opinion on the Right Kind of Confidence: MORE

Tnooz: VerbalizeIt looks to leap language barriers via a network of live translators

August 27, 2013

“Simply put, we want to make VerbalizeIt synonymous with translation.”

We like your bold ambition, Ryan Frankel WG’12 and Kunal Sarda WG’11. And we love this interview you gave to Tnooz: MORE

Technically Philly: Knowtorious: Wharton MBAs launch trivia app

August 27, 2013

Quizzo anytime with Knowtorious, a new iOS app from Eduardo Mestre WG’13 and Zachary Dennett WG’13.

Technically Philly tells you all about it: MORE

Merca 2.0: Entre 3 está el nuevo visionario del mundo

August 27, 2013

Merca 2.0 points out that with Steve Jobs no longer with us, the position of “visionario del mundo” is currently vacant — and they nominate Elon Musk C’97/W’97 (or Sergey Brin or Jeff Bezos) to fill the spot. MORE

CNBC: Treat your app like a brick & mortar store (video)

August 27, 2013

Ayo Omojola W’04/WG’11 gives a great interview to CNBC about his awesome app Hipmob, which lets businesses talk to their mobile users in real time. MORE

Young Entrepreneur: Know a Kick-Ass Startup? Nominate It.

August 22, 2013

Nominate your favorite startup for Turnstone’s Best Young Companies to Work for.

Wharton Prof Peter Cappelli is advising Turnstone on the contest and acting as one of the judges. MORE

Curbed: Meet the 2013 Curbed Young Guns: Daniel Miller

August 22, 2013

Curbed names Daniel Miller W’09/WG’10 as one of their 2013 Young Guns!

We can see why–his real-estate crowdfunding platform Fundrise is doing great work, getting locals involved in investing in the developments in their neighborhoods. That equals more creative, small and mid-size projects that are beneficial to the area. MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: City startup offers online training for autistic learners

August 19, 2013

Autism Expressed (CMO Jessica Stoller, C’08/WG’13) wants to get autistic students the digital-skills training they need to find jobs. MORE

TechCircle: Social media marketing startup SocioSquare raises $325K in funding from Wharton professor, others

August 19, 2013

Wharton prof David Bell thinks so highly of SocioSquare, he invested MORE

FundersClub Ditches Dumb Money By Going Invite-Only

August 19, 2013

By going invite-only, FundersClub, founded by Alex Mittal ENG’07/W’07 and Boris Silver W’10, hopes to get only the Smart Money in their crowdfunding company. MORE

How To Build A Company That Warren Buffett Would Invest In

August 19, 2013

What would Warren invest in?

Not a bad question for the entrepreneur to ask — and then use to guide decisions on how to grow his or her own company. Lisa Lovallo G’13/WG’13 co-authors a Forbes article that can teach you how to turn your company into Buffett-bait. MORE

TechCrunch: Dorm Room Fund-Backed Skillbridge Is A Freelance Marketplace For High-End Professional Services

August 16, 2013

A startup called Skillbridge is trying to create a new kind of marketplace for freelance work – not for the programming and writing jobs that you’d find on a site like Elance, but for strategy, finance, marketing and other professional services. MORE

ReadWrite: Where Do Startup Ideas Really Come From?

August 16, 2013

Where do startup ideas really come from?

Twelve entrepreneurs, including our very own Ryan Frankel WG’12, founder of VerbalizeIt, answer this immortal question. MORE

Forbes: How To Transform An Industry And Raise The Venture Capital To Do It

August 16, 2013

Forbes writes what amounts to a love letter to Mona Bijoor C’98/G’98/WG’05. And if Forbes is impressed, then we are too. MORE

Technically Philly: SmartyPAL: Wharton prof launches interactive children’s books for iPad

August 16, 2013

Wharton prof Kartik Hosanagar and his co-founder (and wife) Prasanna Krishnan have brought choose-your-own-adventure to the iPad – and their first app, ZooPAL, has launched! MORE

Tech Cocktail: CommonBond’s David Klein “Being an entrepreneur is the hardest job you’ll ever have.”

August 16, 2013

“Being an entrepreneur is the hardest job you’ll ever have.” –That’s what CommonBond’s David Klein told Tech Cocktail.

See what other nuggets of wisdom he let slip: MORE

TechCrunch: Social Bill Payments Service PayDivvy Sold To Higher One To Expand Its Education Payments Platform

August 16, 2013

009 Wharton Venture Award winner Mike Melby WG’10 founded PayDivvy — and now he’s sold his baby to Higher One. They’ll use the social payment platform to expand their education payments abilities.

Read the TechCrunch article for insight into how the deal went down, and “For any startups out there who may be thinking of a similar route and wants to talk to someone who has been there, Melby says to hit him up.”

That’s a pretty great offer, you budding entrepreneurs. MORE

Huffington Post: Inclusion Versus Innovation

August 16, 2013

Yana Watson Kakar WG’05 wants you to know that she’s inclusive — not necessarily innovative — in her West African business, bring private sector development to women-owned enterprises.

I love the thoughtful way she parses these ideas. MORE

Poets & Quants: The Women of Wharton

August 16, 2013

Lindsay Stewart WEBMA 2014 gives major props to the Wharton Women in her class. I’m inspired just reading about everything these women are achieving. MORE

New York Magazine: 20/30 Vision

August 16, 2013

“How we started this business to radically transform the optical industry, bring down prices, and transfer billions of dollars from these multi­national companies to normal people. And, thinking more broadly, how we wanted to demonstrate that business can be profitable and can do good in the world, and it doesn’t have to charge a premium for it.”

That’s a mouthful, Neil Blumenthal WG’10.

New York Magazine has everything you ever wanted to know about Warby Parker in this fabulous story. You know you want to read it. MORE