Archive for February, 2014

VentureBeat: Why India’s answer to Alibaba & eBay is the tech IPO to watch

February 19, 2014
VentureBeat shows a lot of love to “India’s answer to Alibaba & eBay”: Snapdeal, founded by Kunal Bahl (M&T’06): MORE
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Today Show: DigiPuppets among adorable new toys for kids

February 19, 2014
The Today Show visited a toy fair and discovered DigiPuppets (co-founded by Dan Clay WG’14 and Brendan Green C’07/WG’14)! Watch the segment here. MORE

VentureBeat: Seamless for booze: Minibar Delivery’s iOS app summons alcohol to your doorstep

February 19, 2014
Minibar, founded by Lara Crystal and Lindsey Andrews, wants to bring you booze.

But only if you live in NYC. When’s this coming to Philly? MORE

Huffington Post: What Does It Take to Change the World?

February 19, 2014
Neil Blumenthal WG’10, co-founder of Warby Parker, shared his story at Peace Week, along with other entrepreneurs who are determined to make the world a better place.

Did I mention that Warby Parker has given away half a million pair of glasses in 36 countries? MORE

Forbes: Can Your Handcrafted Business Succeed In The Era Of Fast And Cheap?

February 19, 2014
Forbes is right, this is the era of fast and cheap. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a niche for your slow, handcrafted product. Bobby Grajewski WG’13, co-founder of Heritage Handcrafted, gives his 3 tips for success. MORE

Wall Street Journal: BCG and McKinsey beware: For smaller jobs, some firms just rent an M.B.A.

February 19, 2014
Can the press get any better for SkillBridge (founded by Wharton alumni Brett Bredesen and Raj Jeyakumar)?

The Wall Street Journal touts their excellent work: MORE

Poets and Quants: Best 40-Under-40 Professor Ethan Mollick

February 19, 2014
We can’t help but agree with Poets and Quants: Wharton prof Ethan Mollick truly is among the 40 best business school profs under 40. MORE

ABC: New Sites Rent MBAs by the Hour

February 19, 2014
I’m sorry, rent what by the hour? Ohhhh… MBAs. Thanks, ABC News, for that awesome headline.

Great press for SkillBridge (founded by Wharton alumni Brett Bredesen and Raj Jeyakumar), the company providing the MBAs, giving clients high quality consulting help on the cheap. MORE

The Hindu: Numbers and nutrition

February 19, 2014
The malnutrition rate is 42 percent among children in India. As many as 1500 children die everyday due to lack of a balanced diet. That’s why Ridhima Parvathaneni W’13/ENG’13 started Indian Impact–the “first and only online platform” with the goal of reducing malnutrition among Indian children.

Read about her in this terrific profile in The Hindu: MORE

Technically Philly: How Jeffrey Babin teaches Penn students to ‘look at the fish’ [Q&A]

February 19, 2014
Jeffrey Babin, VIP advisor and entrepreneurship teaching extraordinaire, tells Technically Philly about his complex career in entrepreneurship and education.

It really never is a straight line, is it, entrepreneurs? MORE

Business Insider: You Can Explain eBay’s $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

February 19, 2014
Assemble a team of six of the smartest people you know. Fly to Australia on a whim. Book a penthouse via AirBnB. In just 2 weeks, transform the eBay homepage and save the company.

This is the business version of an action movie–and it really happened. Read this awesome article about how Wharton alumnus Jack Abraham used his entrepreneurial smarts to make eBay great again. Because what big companies need, as it turns out, are entrepreneurs.

Shout outs to Wharton Entrepreneurship alumni Nat Turner and Zack Weinberg, too! MORE

Philly.com: They connect patients suffering rare diseases to experts who can treat them

February 19, 2014
“They connect patients suffering rare diseases to experts who can treat them.” That’s Speso Health, founded by Jonathan McEuen and Rajiv Mahale, who gave a great interview to Philly.com.

Thanks for the shoutouts to the WBPC and VIP! MORE

Technically Philly: How venture-backed Greenphire donates to charity

February 19, 2014
Technically Philly summarizes the many ways that Greenphire, founded by Samuel Whitaker C’02/CGS’04, donates to charity. MORE

VC Post: San Francisco-based FundersClub launches “Hacker News for private investors”

February 19, 2014
FundersClub, co-founded by Alex Mittal, M&T’07 and VIP alumnus, has launched “Venture News”–what Alex calls “Hacker News for private investors.”

Way to community-build, Alex! MORE

CNET: Want $10 off your mobile bill? Put ads on your lock screen

February 19, 2014
Slidejoy (co-founders/CEOs Robert Seo WG’12, Sanghoon Kwak WG’14, & Jaeho Chung WG’14) will put ads on your lock screen and pay you for the privilege. MORE

Bloomberg Business: Grassroots efforts seek to reverse brain drain in South Florida

February 19, 2014
Bloomberg Businessweek tackles the subject of South Florida’s brain drain. Chris Bennett, Wharton grad and entrepreneur, is the poster child for the guy who left to start his business: MORE

Idea Mensch: Megan Smyth – Co-Founder and CEO of GoRecess

February 19, 2014
Megan Smyth WG’05, tells Idea Mensch all about founding GoRecess, which will help you find the workout you want.

Did you know she was a WBPC semifinalist? Go Megan! MORE

Entrepreneur: From Google to Warby Parker: The Origins Behind 10 of the Wackiest Company Names | Slideshow

February 19, 2014
Entrepreneur Magazine digs into the origins of 10 wacky company names… including Wharton alumni founded Warby Parker.

Of course, we WP connoisseurs know that the name came from Kerouac. But read on for more detail. And the other stories are pretty interesting, too.  MORE

Philly.com: Penn grads’ anti-drowsy headset ‘Vigo’ is technology’s answer to energy drinks

February 19, 2014
Doze-inducing Engineering lectures inspired 3 Penn grads–Drew Karabinos, Jason Gui, and Jonathan Kern–to develop an an anti-drowsy headset: ‘Vigo’. A successful Kickstarter campaign and a hardware incubator later, they’ve got a terrific product for not only tired students, but sleep-deptrived shift workers, long-haul truckers, and more: MORE

Financial Times: How to fund an MBA programme

February 19, 2014
The Financial Times looks at the many ways students fund their MBA studies. One great option: CommonBond! Founded by Wharton alumni David Klein and Mike Taorrmina. MORE

Fox: New approach to student loans

February 19, 2014
David Klein, Wharton alum and co-founder of CommonBond, gave a great interview this morning to Fox News about his innovative business model for giving loans to MBA students. Watch and learn: MORE

CNBC: Shazam CEO’s 5 tips for making it big

February 19, 2014
Did you know that Shazam CEO Rich Riley W’96 is on the WE board?

CNBC shares Rich’s 5 tips for making it big: MORE

Forbes: Designer Spotlight: Of Mercer Aims To Outfit Career Ambition

February 19, 2014
Forbes shines its Designer Spotlight on Of Mercer, founded by Dorie Golkin and Emelyn Northway, both WG’13, comparing their stylish, direct-to-consumer women’s workwear startup to fellow alumni companies like Warby Parker and Harry’s.

Here’s hoping Of Mercer has just as much success! MORE

TechCrunch: Keen On… Slava Rubin: How Indiegogo Is Reinventing Capitalism

February 19, 2014
WATCH: Is Indiegogo blowing up capitalism?

Slava Rubin W’00, founder of the crowdfunding platform, talks to Tech Crunch about the future of funding and innovation, and answers the above question… Watch the video to see what he has to say.  MORE

New York Times: A Start-Up Run by Friends Takes On Shaving Giants

February 19, 2014
Lookin’ good, Harry’s! Co-founded by Jeff Raider WG’10, the disruptive shaving company has just bought a razor factory. As Jeff told the New York Times: “In one fell swoop, we’ve become the only really vertically integrated shaving brand.” MORE