Archive for September, 2013

Tech Cocktail: 9 of the Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs

September 13, 2013

Tech Cocktail rates Slava Rubin W’00, founder of Indiegogo, one of the 9 Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs. MORE

Inc.:4 Things Rookie Entrepreneurs Have Going for Them

September 13, 2013

One of the four things that rookie entrepreneurs have going for them (according to is that You Will Fail… Often. They quote Wharton Prof Paul Schoemaker on why that’s a good thing. MORE

KCUR radio: Social Entrepreneurship: Making Changes By Making Money

September 13, 2013

Ian C. (Mac) Mac Millan, Wharton prof and Director of Wharton’s Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, and Tom McDonnell WG’68 and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are tw of the guests on this fascinating conversation about social entrepreneurship: MORE

CBC: How Nokia’s deal with Microsoft is a lesson for entrepreneurs

September 13, 2013

HomeSav, founded by Allan Fisch WG’08 and Alex Norman WG’05, is the prime example in this fascinating article on when and if to sell–and why it can be the cool thing to do. MORE

Wall Street Journal: Apu Gupta: Why Not Philly?

September 13, 2013

When people ask why Apu Gupta WG’05 decided to base his company Curalate in Philly, he has four answers. Read this Wall Street Journal blog post to find out what they are: MORE

Med City News: Team reducing wait times closes $800K seed round and new PPO partnership

September 13, 2013

“DocASAP CEO Puneet Maheshwari confirmed it raised $800,000 in a seed round led by MultiPlan, the largest independent preferred provider organization in the U.S. ”

Oh, and did I mention that Puneet Maheshwari is WG’09? Congrats, Puneet! MORE

Huffington Post: A NYLON Affair

September 10, 2013

Anastasia Roumelioti WG’12, founder of Lady & Lara (which will meet all of your fashion-forward pet’s needs), writes in the Huff Post about founding a business in NY, but moving to London–in part because her visa expired. MORE

TechCrunch: Co-Ed Supply Whisks Curated Boxes Of ‘College Essentials’ To Busy Students

September 9, 2013

Place your orders for curated care packages, courtesy of Co-Ed Supply!

Co-Ed Supply, co-founded by Marissa Hu, gets some great press from TechCrunch: MORE

Coverage of CommonBond raises over $100M

September 6, 2013

The news that CommonBond, co-founded by David Klein, raised more than $100M from, among others, Vikram Pandit, appeared in dozens of news sources. Here are some of the most high profile:

New York Times

Business Week

The Herald

Dow Jones


Technically Philly: Dorm Room Fund RAs: Penn alumni make up 1/3 of investment firm’s new mentor program

September 5, 2013

First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund (need we say that this comes from Josh Kopelman, W’93?) will now get mentoring from “Resident Advisors”–so very collegiate!

The Penn connection here is tremendous: more than 1/3 of the 60 RAs are Penn grads! Way to mentor, Penn alumni. MORE

Wall Street Journal: Starting a Company? Skip B-School

September 5, 2013

“More than 65,000 students have taken General Assembly’s classes and workshops since 2011, and 90 have graduated from its monthslong intensive design and Web development courses.”

Wow, General Assembly, co-founded by Jake Schwartz WG’08! Even if the article is about why many students are NOT going to business school. Oh, the irony. MORE

An Entrepreneurial Life: Of Mercer: Apparel for Modern, Professional Women

September 5, 2013

“Wearing pantsuits make many women feel like they are imitating their male counterparts. We want to produce something more feminine and fashionable that allows women to feel confident.”

That’s how Emelyn Northway, co-founder, with Dorie Golkin (both WG’13) of Of Mercer, describes their aesthetic.

This terrific article describes their journey from dorm-room startup to full-time business. MORE

Forbes: Eight Things I Wish I Had Known Before Raising A Seed Round

September 5, 2013

David Adelman WG’11, founder of ReelGenie, explains what he wishes he’d known before raising a seed round. This from the guy who raised $850K in the past five months, so he just might know what he’s talking about. MORE

CNBC: SAC Capital looking at just managing insider capital

September 5, 2013

Great quote about the future of SAc Capital from Wharton Prof Raffi Amit: MORE

Fortune Magazine: 5 social media all-stars: Best in small business

September 3, 2013

Plaudits to First Round Capital! (Josh Kopelman W’93, founder)

Fortune Magazine named 5 Social Media All-Stars, and FCP got Best In Small Business: MORE

Fortune Magazine: Does First Round Capital have the most powerful network in the Valley?

September 3, 2013

The networking that comes with being a member of First Round Capital (founded by Josh Kopelman WG’93), may be just as–or even more–useful than the funding. MORE

AskMen: Opening A Business

September 3, 2013

“I have long believed that surrounding oneself with smarter and more driven individuals is the best way to elevate one’s performance.” — Ryan Frankel WG’12, founder of VerbalizeIt.

Five lessons on starting a business, from AskMen: MORE

Huffington Post: Young Entrepreneurs: Why I Find Hope Among Them

September 3, 2013

Ankur Jain W’11, founder of Kairos Society, gets a very complimentary mention in this Huff Post article about the awesomeness of young entrepreneurs. MORE