Archive for the ‘Brazil’ Category

Poets & Quants: The Lauder Magic Carpet Ride

February 7, 2013

The Lauder Institute, “the gold standard in international business education”, was instrumental to the entrepreneurial career of co-founder Davis Smith (G’11/WG’11). MORE

Wharton Magazine: Startup Enterprise: The Next Generation

February 4, 2013

“‎Wharton Magazine profiles some amazing Wharton-founded startups, including CommonBond Co, PoverUP, CarHound, Prajwalbharat (Lightup India), & Curalate – MORE

Wharton Magazine: A Day in the Life – Student Startups

February 1, 2013

The Wharton Magazine gives us a glimpse into the lives of student entrepreneurs Lisa Lovallo (G’13/WG’13) and Daniel Fine (W’15). MORE

Knowledge@Wharton: Baby’s First Birthday: Lessons from a Brazilian E-commerce Start-up

January 3, 2013

“Bureaucracy and corruption further complicate the situation but amplify the rewards for entrepreneurs willing to take on these challenges. Consider, one of Brazil’s leading baby-products e-commerce companies, co-founded in October 2011 by Davis Smith (G’11/WG’11) and his cousin, Kimball Thomas.” MORE

The Next Web: Hemishare wants to help Brazilian startups recruit top US university talent with RecruitLab

December 5, 2012

“According to its founder and CEO, Lisa Lovallo [G’13/WG’13], its mission is to “connect US recruits with Brazilian startups to take the risk and cost out of long-distance startup recruiting.” MORE

Huffington Post: Looking for Better Career Opportunities? Look South — Way South

November 13, 2012

Jeff Thelen WG’11 says that “At Wharton alone, the percentage of graduates moving South-of-the-border after graduation has increased 300 percent in the prior 4 years, growing to 4.9 percent of the class of 2011.” MORE

Wharton Journal: Entrepreneurs Corner

November 1, 2012

Thomas Baldwin WG’13 interviews the founders of Brazilian printing start-up Printi, Florian Hagenbuch W’10 and Mate Pencz. MORE

MBA Channel: A nation at a glance: Brazil’s rise to the top

October 22, 2012

The growth of, co-founded by Davis Smith G’11/WG’11, underscores the emergence of Brazil as a supportive environment for entrepreneurs. MORE

Forbes: Brazil’s Dot-Com Gold Rush

September 5, 2012

Davis Smith (G’11/WG’11) & partner Kimball Thomas are taking Brazil by storm with, selling 1 million diapers within six months of launch and raising over $22.5 million. MORE

Forbes: Brazil’s Printi Seed Funded For Online Printing Service

August 10, 2012

Printi (co-founded by Florian Hagenbuch C’10/W’10) is disrupting the printing industry in Brazil by making it cheaper, simpler and more transparent. MORE
Printi is also featured in TechCrunch: Backed By Palantir, Groupon Brazil Co-founders, Printi Wants To Bring A Web-Based Kinko’s To Brazil MORE

INC: Inside the (Increasingly American) Start-up Boom in Brazil

August 6, 2012 co-founders Kimball Thomas & Davis Smith WG’11 “have become a valuable lifeline for other ex-pat entrepreneurs” starting businesses in Brazil. MORE

Tech Crunch: Following $16.7 Million Series B, Brazil’s Expands With Kid-Focused Flash Sales Site

July 18, 2012

“While [founded by Davis Smith G’11/WG’11] is like a for Brazil, with, the company is introducing Brazil’s first flash sales site for moms with kids and babies.” MORE

New York Times Dealbook: Brazil’s Start-Up Baby Boom

June 28, 2012 – based in Sao Paulo and founded by Davis Smith G’11/WG’11 – raises additional $16.7M in funding. MORE

Also covered in The Next Web

TechCrunch: Tiger, SV Angel-Backed Finds Legs In An Exploding Brazilian eCommerce Market

June 4, 2012

“It remains tough for young startups to find the traction they need to survive, but the ecosystem is growing and startup networks are beginning to take off, and so [co-founders Davis Smith G’11/WG’11 and Kimball Thomas] hope that plucky young entrepreneurs can learn from the story and, in turn, capitalize on an emerging market.” MORE

April 26, 2012

Peixe Urbano, founded by Julio Vasconcellos W’02 named the Top Startup in Brazil by Business Insider – FULL LIST

Forbes: “Brazil’s E-Commerce Is Booming”

April 2, 2012

olook – founded by Pete Ostroske (MBA on leave) -“is a good example of success in the [e-commerce] fashion industry…[they have] over 400,000 users signed up and has sold over 1,000 items so far.” MORE

Wharton alum wins one of TechCrunch’s Crunchie Awards

February 8, 2012

Peixe Urbano, founded by Julio Vasconcellos W’02, wins TechCrunch Crunchie award for Best International Startup (1/31/2012) MORE

NY Times Dealbook: “Rejecting Wall Street, Graduates Turn Entrepreneurs Instead”

January 26, 2012

[Davis] Smith [G’11/WG’11], who attends the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and [cousin Kimball] Thomas, of Harvard Business School, are part of a growing number of business school students rejecting traditional postgraduate paths like investment banking, hedge funds and consulting. (5/2/2011) MORE

BlogDoEcommerce features Wharton alum founded start-up

January 25, 2012

BlogDoEcommerce: olook (founded by Peter Ostroske WG’12) launches unprecedented platform for fashion ecommerce (article in Portuguese) (1/25/12) MORE

January 3, 2012

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company (co-founded by Davis Smith G’11/WG’11) featured on Business Insider and Webholic’s Top 10 List of startups in Brazil.

TechCrunch features Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company on front page

October 21, 2011

TechCrunch: “SV Angel, Chamath Palihapitiya, And Others Back Brazil’s” – a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company, co-founded by Davis Smith WG’11/G’11 MORE

O Imparcial: “American bet on Brazil to create greater store for babies”

October 3, 2011

O Imparcial: Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company and 3rd Prize winner in the Wharton Business Plan Competition, “ [co-founded by Davis Smith WG’11/G’11] went live on [September 30, 2011] with an initial assortment of 2,000 products, but the goal is to double the offers in a month and reach between 10 and 15 thousand items in a short time…Smith said that the great object of is ‘to improve the lives of mothers and fathers of Brazil.'” MORE

NY Times features, co-founded by Wharton grad Davis Smith

August 18, 2011 – co-founded by Davis Smith, WG’11 – is among the companies cited in this NYT article on the lure of Brazil. was the 3rd prize winner of the Wharton Business Plan Competition and the winner of the Harvard Business Plan Competition, as well as a member of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program. (8/12/2011) MORE