Archive for the ‘Undergrads’ Category

Daily Pennsylvanian: App encourages positivity on campus

April 18, 2014

More than 600 Penn students are already using this new app, created by Wharton senior Edward Lando and Engineering freshman Yagil Burowsky, to compliment each other: Read MORE

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Technically Philly: Forget social mobile apps: here’s what Penn students are building

November 7, 2013
Technically Philly talks about the startup trends among Penn students these days, with reference to the Dorm Room Fund blog: MORE

Business Insider: What It’s Like To Be A College Kid With A Profitable Side Business That Pulls In 6 Figures Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/dan-shipper-on-firefly-2013-7#ixzz2c93KejpT

August 16, 2013

Dan Shipper C’14 and Justin Meltzer W’12 answer Business Insider’s questions on how awesome it is to be them, with “well into the 6-figures in annual revenue,” from their dorm-room startup, Firefly. MORE

Inc: Josh Kopelman on Funding the Next Wave of Start-Ups

July 10, 2013

“With his Dorm Room Fund, the serial entrepreneur is putting more cash in the hands of college start-ups–and that’s a good thing.” MORE

MedCity News: Guess who hooked up? NYC matchmaking contest lists startup and healthcare industry pairs

July 9, 2013

“A commercialization program to match up provider, payer and pharma technology needs with willing and able healthcare startups has announced its 10 finalists. Each will receive $100,000 tied to meeting certain performance milestones. They have three to six months to work with the healthcare group they’re matched with, depending on the complexity of the program.”

  • AdhereTech (founded by Josh Stein WG’12) and Weill Cornell Medical Center. Product: Wireless smart pill bottle
  • Flatiron Health (founded by Nat Turner W’08 and Wharton alum Zach Weinberg) and Continuum Health Partners. Product: Big data analytics for oncology

TechCrunch: Origami Labs Acquires FamilyLeaf, A Competing Private Social Network For Families

July 1, 2013

FamilyLeaf was a member of Y-Combinator’s 2012 class and co-founded by Wharton undergrad alum Wesley Zhao. MORE

The Hamburg Sun: Young success: Grasso to hold leadership workshop for young girls

June 28, 2013

Wharton Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow Katlyn Grasso (W’15) asks “Why aren’t more girls pursuing more unique, versatile positions?” READ ARTICLE

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TechCrunch: Backed By First Round’s Dorm Room Fund, Pagevamp Turns Facebook Pages Into Websites

June 28, 2013

Congrats to the Pagevamp team! – Penn alums Atulya Pandey (C’13), Fred Wang (W’13) and Vincent Sanchez-Gomez (C’13) MORE

Pando Daily: Why Are You In Such A Rush

June 11, 2013

Dan Shipper (C’14), Firefly co-founder, has learned that “Moving as “quickly” as possible feels good. It feels productive. But ultimately I think being in a rush often slows you down.” MORE

Wall Street Journal: EBay Forms Partnership With India’s Snapdeal

June 6, 2013

“The e-commerce giant is leading a $50 million investment in three-year-old Indian competitor Snapdeal.com [founded by Kunal Bahl M&T’06] that also includes a multiyear commercial partnership with the fast-growing online retailer.” MORE

Fast Company: 30 Second MBA

June 4, 2013

Charlie Javice (W’14), founder of PoverUP, answers the question What Is A Risk Not Worth Taking? MORE

Times of India: Snapdeal acquires Shopo

June 4, 2013

Snapdeal, founded by Kunal Bahl (M&T’06), acquires Shopo, an online marketplace for Indian handcraft products. MORE

Penn Gazette: Pimp My Robot

May 15, 2013

In “Pimp My Robot”, Venture Initiation Program member Dick Zhang (ENG’15) talks about winning Penn’s Y-Prize for his plan to commercialize flying robot technology from GRASP Lab – UPenn (with co-founders Kelsey Duncombe-Smith EE’15 & Andy Wu GRW’16). MORE

Penn Gazette: On a Roll

May 10, 2013

How the Penn alumnus (Samuel Reeves W’05) behind Humanistic Robotics, Inc. is saving the world one landmine at a time—and making money doing it. MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: Doing it in the dorms

April 2, 2013

Ashwin Muthia W’15 and Alexander Izydorczyk W’15 cite the creation of  The Dorm Room Fund as a great incentive to start their own business while still in school. MORE

TechCrunch: SEC Greenlights One Style Of Equity Crowdfunding For Startups

March 28, 2013

“The SEC today paved the way for a new era of venture capital investing by stating it won’t pursue enforcement action against FundersClub [founded by Boris Silver W’10 and Alex Mittal ENG’07/W’07], whose platform lets any accredited investor fund startups in exchange for equity.” MORE

Entrepreneur: College Entrepreneurs Create Software to Help Businesses Thrive

March 26, 2013

“The experience of running two successful software companies is paying huge dividends for the three students: ‘Coming up with a concept, building a product, marketing it and talking to investors has been an incredible learning experience’.” says Dan Shipper C’14 about he and his Firefly & Airtime co-founders Patrick Leahy W’13 and Justin Meltzer W’12.

Inc. Magazine: 2013 Coolest College Startups

March 13, 2013

List includes FamilyLeaf, founded by Wesley Zhao (on leave from Wharton) and Firefly, co-founded by Dan Shipper (C’14), Patrick Leahy (W’13) and Justin Meltzer (W’12). MORE

Daily Pennsylvanian: Wharton grads start online investment firm

March 12, 2013

FundersClub’s founders, Alex Mittal (ENG’07/W’07) & Boris Silver (W’10), and early employee Felicia Curcuru (W’07), “first met during their undergraduate days at Penn, when they were both pursuing degrees in the Wharton School and developing their interests in entrepreneurship.” MORE

Huffington Post: Dorm Room CEO: Top 5 Most Predictable College Startup Ideas

February 28, 2013

Jonathon Youshaei (W’13) says “it’s never too early to bring your idea to life.” MORE

Khaleej Times: A Valiant Effort

February 22, 2013

Jason Kothari (W’07) talks about how he and partner Dinesh Shamdasani are resurrecting Valiant Comics’ brand of superheroes. MORE

VentureBeat: Members Only: NVCA admits FundersClub into its ranks

February 11, 2013

“FundersClub [founded by Boris Silver W’10 & Alex Mittal ENG’ 07/W’07] is the first and only online platform to be be granted membership in the NVCA [National Venture Capital Association] so far.” MORE

Pando Daily: Why is venture capital, the industry that funds innovation, so very un-innovative?

February 8, 2013

Josh Kopelman (W’93) of First Round Capital on the VC industry: ““If you look at the venture business, for an industry that funds innovation – it really doesn’t have that much.” MORE

Huffington Post: Startups and Investors: FundersClub Makes the Connection

February 8, 2013

FundersClub CEO Alex Mittal (ENG’07/W’07) answers a few questions about the first online VC at the NASDAQ building in NYC. MORE

Wharton Magazine: Watch List – Startups

February 8, 2013

Wharton Magazine shares their list of alumni start-ups to watch – MORE