Archive for the ‘VIP Companies 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

Philly.com: Digital health startup wants to disrupt how health-care professionals care for patients

May 5, 2014

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

NYCEDC: NYCEDC Announces Senvol as Winner of “NYC Next Idea” Global New Venture Competition

April 18, 2014
Wharton sweeps the NYC Next Idea Global New Venture Competition, with VIP company Senvol, founded by Zach Simkin (C’06/WG’14) and Annie Wang (C’06/G’13/WG’13), taking grand prize, and another VIP company, AirCare Labs, founded by Rushil Goel (WG’13) and George Zeng (WG’13) as the runner up! So proud of our Wharton Entrepreneurs!
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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

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 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

WHYY Newsworks: What’s next for workplace wellness?

March 5, 2014
WHYY’s NewsWorks looks at workplace wellness, and takes serious note of LifeVest Health (founded by Jon Cooper C’03/WG’09), ‘A stock exchange for your health’, which provides direct financial incentives for employees to live healthier. MORE

Fox: Smartphone Apps That Make You Money?

March 5, 2014
WATCH: Fox 29 checks out some smartphone apps that can make you money — such as Slidejoy, founded by Robert SEo WG’12. MORE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucky Magazine: Six Brands Who Cut Out The Middle Man (And Changed The Way We Shop In The Process!)

February 19, 2014
Even Lucky Magazine can’t get enough of Warby Parker — they’re first on this slideshow of Six Brands Who Cut Out the Middle Man (And Changed The Way We Shop In the Process!)  MORE

Access Hollywood: Shark Tank – First Look

February 19, 2014
The first Shark Tank of 2014 features a pitch from CJ Isakow, WG’08 and VIP alum, for his company Eyebloc, which can protect you from prying eyes looking through your computer webcam.

Watch tonight! And check out the promo of his pitch here: MORE

Forbes: 30 Under 30 – Education

February 19, 2014
Some BIG congratulations are in order to Alejandro Gac-Artigas, a VIP alum and the founder of Springboard Collaborative for make Forbes 30 Under 30 list! MORE