Archive for the ‘innovation’ Category

CBS News: Smart pill bottle could help you take your meds on time

May 8, 2014

CBS News ran a segment on AdhereTech’s smart pill bottle, which could help you take your meds on time. Great press for founder Josh Stein WG’12! Watch the video and read more HERE.

HLN: Clear vision: Warby Parker eyes business & giving

May 8, 2014

Warby Parker, founded by 4 Wharton alumni, was honored, along with their philanthropic partner Vision Spring, at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation awards. Way to disrupt, guys! Read MORE Digital health startup wants to disrupt how health-care professionals care for patients

May 5, 2014

Divya Dhar WG’14 tells how Seratis is going to disrupt how health-care professionals care for patients. Read MORE

60 Minutes: Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s industrial empire

April 11, 2014

“Musk may be changing the car the way Steve Jobs changed the phone.”
60 Minutes does an amazing segment on Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s Industrial Empire. MORE

NPR’s Marketplace: Shop and charge: stores offer cellphone charging

April 3, 2014

NPR’s Marketplace looks at whether Wharton alum Doug Baldasare’s ChargeItSpot actually translates to more sales for brick-and-mortar shops. MORE

Axis Philly: Innovation, Inc.

March 31, 2014

“He took a place that was just a bunch of laboratories and some office buildings, and made it a vibrant centerpiece of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

That’s Steve Goodman W’62,L’65, longtime Morgan Lewis startup lawyer and WE board member, talking about Steve Tang WG’92, and all he’s done to transform the University City Science Center. MORE

Forbes: Elon Musk’s 500,000 Unit Battery Plant – Myth or Reality?

March 5, 2014
Elon Musk C’97/W’97 is investing $2 billion in car batteries — with a goal of producing 500,000 annually by 2020.
Forbes asks: do the numbers add up? 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

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

The Boston Globe: Young college investors back vending machine

December 12, 2013
Dorm Room Fund came out of First Round Capital, founded by Josh Kopelman W’93, right here in Philly. But of course it’s on campuses across the country, investing in college students.

Now Boston’s Dorm Room Fund has made it’s first investment: $20K for Refresh Water Technologies, an MIT student startup making environmentally friendly vending machines. MORE

Technically Philly: These 6 winning Penn mobile apps will be built by software companies

December 12, 2013
There were supposed to be only 5 winners of the AppItUP Challenge, but the ideas for mobile apps were too good. Of the nearly 200 mobile app ideas submitted by Penn students, 6 will be turned into actual prototypes by software development companies. MORE

LA Times: SpaceX reaches milestone in rocket launch from Cape Canaveral

December 12, 2013
Third time’s the charm for SpaceX (founded by amazing inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk C’97/W’97)! The Falcon 9 launched at last, lifting a 7,000 telecommunications satellite.

Who knows what they’ll put into space next! MORE

TNooz: Travel startup lessons learned from idea to glory in 12 months

December 12, 2013
Ryan Frankel WG’12 & Kunal Sarda WG’11, founders of VerbalizeIt, the “human translation platform” recently named travel startup of the year at the PhoCusWright travel Innovation summit, tell tnooz their five pieces of entrepreneurial advice. Read them here: MORE

NPR: Businesses Woo Customers With Free Phone-Charging Stations

December 12, 2013
NPR picks up the story of ChargeItSpot, founded by Doug Baldasare WG’12 — the company that lets you charge your phone while you shop or dine. MORE

Metro: Shop and charge: Philly guy makes it possible

December 12, 2013
Is ChargeItSpot the next AC?

“Doug Baldasare sees his smartphone charging stations as the next air conditioner.

“When air conditioning first came out,” said the Wharton grad, ‘it wasn’t an understood thing that a retail store had to have it. But eventually, when all the stores had air conditioning, you couldn’t not have air.'”

Doug Baldasare WG’12 just can’t stop getting great press for ChargeItSpot! MORE

USA Today: SpaceX launch delayed until Thanksgiving

December 12, 2013
“Want to be super careful, so pushing launch to Thurs.,” said Elon Musk, C’97/W’97 and SpaceX founder and CEO. So alaos, the Falcon failed to fly yesterday. But keep an eye out on Thanksgiving for a rocket launch – the best possible addition to a turkey dinner, if you ask me. MORE

USA Today: SpaceX satellite launch is a potential game-changer

December 12, 2013
Three, two, one… liftoff!

That’s what SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk C’97/W’97, hopes to hear today at 5:37 pm, when their upgraded falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch.

Space just got exciting again… MORE

Hospitality Net: PhoCusWright Announces the Next Generation of Groundbreaking Travel Innovators

December 12, 2013
The Most Innovative Startup Company: VerbalizeIt!

Co-founded by Ryan Frankel WG’12, this Shark Tank winner has now also scored a place as one of the Next Generation of Groundbreaking Travel Innovators. MORE

Daily News: Smartphone owners get a charge out of his kiosks

December 12, 2013
Just love how much terrific press Doug Baldasare WG’12 and his company ChargeItSpot are getting these days. Terrific interview in about how he founded the business — and a nice shout out to VIP! (Thanks, Doug!) MORE

Wired: An Ice Cream Geek Reinvents the Scoop So It Won’t Snap Your Wrist

December 12, 2013
Wharton prof Karl Ulrich put together his design savvy and his love of ice cream scoops (he has “one of the largest ice cream scoop collections in North America”), and created this gorgeous new scoop.

It even looks delicious. (And for an extra $10, get a southpaw version!) MORE

Wired: An Exoskeleton That Boosts Biceps Wins James Dyson’s $45,000 Prize

December 12, 2013
Destroy the button! With your battery-powered upper-body exoskeleton! Iron Man!

A team of Penn students won $45K from the Dyson Prize for the innovative design of this awesome robot bicep. Which will probably be more generally used by stroke victims, but I like to imagine its crime-fighting potential. And love that photo. MORE

Coverage of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

August 16, 2013,0,2960642.story

Philadelphia Inquirer: Help innovation thrive in Philly

February 25, 2013

Stephen Tang (WG’92), CEO & President of the University City Science Center, discusses the “three critical areas that should be a part of any conversation about the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship.” MORE

Bloomberg Businessweek: With SolarCity IPO, Elon Musk May Get Clean Tech Right

December 14, 2012

“‘It’s possible that Elon’s two clean-tech companies will be the two most successful clean-tech companies in the U.S.,’ said Peter Thiel, the entrepreneur, investor, and Facebook board member.” MORE

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Elon Musk And The Space Race

November 15, 2012

Elon Musk C’97/W’97 discusses SpaceX and Tesla Motors and the future of transportation on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. MORE