Archive for the ‘VIP alumni in the News’ Category

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

Forbes: Tired Of Hustling As A Freelancer? These Companies Will Find Gigs For You (For Free!)

April 11, 2014

Skillbridge (founded by Raj Jeyakumar & Brett Lewis, both WG’13) isn’t just making it easier, and cheaper, for companies to hire consultants — it’s also helping freelancers get well-paying work. MORE

Entrepreneur: 6 Hot Healthcare Companies: From Smart Pill Bottles to Smart Diapers, What’s Driving Innovation in Medical Tech

April 11, 2014

Entrepreneur Magazine rounds up 6 Hot Healthcare Companies that are driving innovation in medical tech — no surprise that AdhereTech, founded by Josh Stein WG’12, made the list. MORE

Reuters peHUB: Startup seeks to match up projects with consultants: Buyouts

April 11, 2014

Reuters peHUB takes a look at Skillbridge’s disruptive business model for consulting. Some more great press for founders Raj Jeyakumar and Brett Lewis, both WG’13: MORE Office Style: Curalate

April 3, 2014

Sartorial as well as entrepreneurial success: Apu Gupta WG’05 and his team at Curalate model their Office Style for 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

Forbes: Dogs, Cats And A Moneymaking Machine: Meet Petplan

April 3, 2014

Forbes tells the tale (pun intended!) of PetPlan, the wildly successful pet insurance company founded by Chris and Natasha Ashton, both WG’03. MORE

Fast Company: Warby Parker’s New Store Delivers Your Glasses Via Pneumatic Tube

March 31, 2014

Totally out of new ideas, Warby Parker installs pneumatic tubes. No, wait, that’s completely brilliant in a charmingly twee, surprisingly useful fashion. MORE

Fast Times: CommonBond extends MBA loan scheme

March 20, 2014

Great news from CommonBond (founded by Wharton alums David Klein and Mike Taormina) — they’re expanding their student loan refinance program to include grads of Law, Medical, and Engineering programs, in addition to MBAers. MORE

Entrepreneur: How Warby Parker Used the Element of Surprise to Win Over Customers

March 20, 2014

What would you do differently, if you could do it all again?
Neil Blumenthal WG’10, co-founder of Warby Parker, tells Entrepreneur Magazine that he’d “take more creative risks”. For what else 20/20 hindsight has taught Neil, read on: MORE

Forbes: Now, It’s The Big Time Consultants That Are Getting Disrupted

March 20, 2014

Disrupt, disrupt, disrupt.
Big time consulting is the next industry that’s under attack by new ways of doing business. Like, for example, Skillbridge, founded by Wharton (and Venture Initiation Program) alumni Raj Jeyakumar and Brett Lewis.
That’s what Forbes thinks, anyway. MORE

Business Insider: The One Statistic That Matters Most To Warby Parker’s Founders

March 14, 2014
Their high Net Promotor Score (NPS) may be the secret to Warby Parker’s success. Business Insider explains: MORE

Wall Street Journal: South by Southwest turns more of its focus to health care

March 14, 2014
The Wall Street Journal spotted Josh Stein WG’12, founder of AdhereTech, talking to investors at SXSW!
“I can’t imagine an executive of his stature listening to health-technology pitches even a few years ago,” Mr. Stein said. “Now we’re at the forefront.” MORE

New York Times: Digital Trade School Raises $35 Million in Financing Round

March 11, 2014
Congratulations are due to General Assembly, school for “digital business skills” and supporter of entrepreneurs, founded by Jake Schwartz WG’08, for raising $35M in funding: MORE

Technically Philly: ChargeItSpot to offer charging stations in 20 Urban Outfitters stores

March 11, 2014
Wharton grad Doug Baldasare’s ChargeItSpot is gong into 20 Urban Outfitters in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, and 5 Sports Authorities later this month. Now you know where to go to charge your phone while shopping. MORE

TechCrunch: Blend Lands $2.7M in Seed Funding Led by NEA

March 7, 2014
Social networking with the brands built in: Blend (co-founded by Wharton alum Matt Geiger and current student Evan Rosenbaum) pays college students Blend Currency for the best photos on the theme of the day. That currency is good for rewards from advertisers. Nice model.
That must be why they just landed $2.7 in seed funding. MORE

International Business Times: The Private Equity Recruiting Rush Has Begun

March 5, 2014
“It’s becoming a joke,” says Patrick Curtis WG’10, founder of finance forum Wall Street Oasis, about private equity recruiting. Find out what else he told the International Business Times: MORE

CNN Money: 10 Questions: Jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, General Assembly

March 5, 2014
Jake Schwartz WG’08, CEO and co-founder of General Assembly, answers 10 questions for CNN Money.
Check out his thoughts on self-driving cars, Wharton, and the banjo: MORE

CNBC: An app that pleases advertisers and consumers

March 5, 2014
“It may only be a few weeks old, but it could have the potential to transform how mobile advertising works.”
That’s what CNBC has to say about Slidejoy, founded by Robert Seo WG’12, a new app that pays you to put ads on your phone’s lock screen. MORE

Bloomberg News: Ready to Go Global? Our CEO Ryan Frankel Sits Down with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox

March 5, 2014
WATCH: Ryan Frankel WG’12, talks to Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox to explain how his company, VerbalizeIt, can translate your business into 140 languages: MORE

Technically Philly: Vote for these 12 Philly tech orgs in the Philly DoGooder Awards

March 5, 2014
VOTE for Alejandro Gac-Artigas, VIP alum and Penn grad, founder of Springboard Collective, for Best Community Leader in the Philly DoGooder Awards! MORE

Financial Post: Why shaving retailer Harry’s is not your average online startup

March 5, 2014
“We see ourselves as a brand, not a website,” says Jeff Raider WG’10, co-founder of Harry’s.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why, as the Financial Post puts it, Harry’s is “not your average online startup.” Now read the rest of the article: MORE