Archive for the ‘WEP Award Recipients in the News’ Category

All Things D: An Unlikely Startup Enters the Point-of-Sale Business

July 10, 2013

Wharton-alum founded Warby Parker has decided “to create its own point-of-sale system, with the aim of creating flexible software that will be equal parts payments management and customer management.” MORE


Wall Street Journal: Do One Thing Uniquely Well – GE’s Beth Comstock | WSJ Startup of the Year

July 10, 2013

“GE CMO Beth Comstock says Warby Parker exemplifies the best in startups: they were focused on ‘simplicity and cost’, allowing them to flourish in the eyewear marketplace.” WATCH HERE

Harpers Bazaar: We’re Obsessed: Under the Wire with Warby Parker

July 10, 2013

“Created from Japanese ion-plated titanium in either polished gold or jet silver shades, [the Meridian Collection features] classic aviator shapes reimagined.” MORE

Time: All Eyes on Philanthropy: Warby Parker Hits a Donation Milestone

July 9, 2013

Time Magazine looks at some of Wharton MBA-founded Warby Parker’s milestones, including the donation of their 500,000th pair of glasses. MORE

United Hemispheres: The Vision Thing

July 1, 2013

“If selling glasses online seems LIKE a fool’s errand, then the founders of Warby Parker may just be the most farsighted fools ever.” MORE

Forbes: Leadership Lessons From A Master Of Internet Retail

July 1, 2013

Excerpts from Forbes interview with Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal (WG’10) MORE

Philadelphia Daily News: Rx for better after-hospital care, reduced readmissions

June 19, 2013

Great interview with Eric Heil (WG’12), co-founder of RightCare Solutions, winner of the 2012 Wharton Business Plan Competition. MORE

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pinning their hopes on online car sales

June 3, 2013

The ZenKars founders “hope consumers who are confident shopping for all sorts of things online will be bold enough to buy a car that gets delivered to their door for a flat $299 fee – without ever test-driving it.” MORE

INC: Warby Parker CEO: Why Empathy Matters

May 31, 2013

“Neil Blumenthal [WG’10], co-founder of Warby Parker, says it’s important to teach your staff to be aware of others. Here’s why.”

Region’s Business: Penn Inspires Creative Thinking Through Business Competitions

May 20, 2013

Region’s Business – Philadelphia highlights Wharton Entrepreneurship programs for “inspiring creative thinking”. MORE

Coverage of 2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize winner Zenkars

April 29, 2013

Zenkars, founded by Jim Chabas (WG’13) and Venkat Jonnala (WG’13), is an online retailer of used cars. For the consumer, Zenkars sells the best-priced used cars online with a peaceful buying experience.  The company removes middlemen and gets cars directly from commercial sellers – bypassing auto auctions, wholesalers and dealers. For the corporate seller, Zenkars offers the first direct to consumer remarketing channel.

Zenkars is the winner of the 2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize. The WBPC Venture Finals event and Zenkars’ win has been featured in India West, the New York Times You’re the Boss blog, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Times of India, Knowledge@Wharton, Penn News, Silicon India, Technically Philly and ClearAdmit.

CNBC & Vogue Magazine cover opening of Warby Parker flagship retail store

April 12, 2013

CNBC: Wharton alum founded Warby Parker opens first flagship store in New York City. MORE

Vogue Magazine covers the flagship store’s opening celebration – PHOTOS HERE

EWEEK: Philadelphia Telehealth Service 1DocWay Aids Psychiatric Patients

April 10, 2013

“1DocWay’s [founded by Samir Malik C’08/W’08/GEN’13/WG’13] telehealth service focuses on telepsychiatry and has given a boost to health care IT in the Philadelphia area.” MORE

WSJ The Accelerators: Neil Blumenthal: Three Rules for Pricing

April 10, 2013

“Pricing is the hidden challenge of entrepreneurship. It’s a topic that no one talks about, even though (or perhaps because) it involves difficult decisions that hugely impact the success of your business.” MORE

New York Times Dealbook: J. Crew Chief and American Express Invest in Warby Parker

February 25, 2013

Warby Parker (founded by 4 Wharton MBA alums) has “solidified ties” with American Express and the chief executive of J. Crew. MORE

Entrepreneur Magazine: Where the Founders of Young Startups Find Inspiration

February 21, 2013

Warby Parker founders Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa (both WG’10) share what inspires them – MORE

New York Times: Google Searches for Style

February 21, 2013

Google reportedly in talks with Wharton alum-founded Warby Parker to design stylish frames for Google Glass. MORE

This story is also featured in TechCrunch, BetaBeat, LA Times, FastCo Design, ABC News (blog), VentureBeat & the San Francisco Chronicle.

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

Knowledge@Wharton High School: Fashion Meets Function: Deepa Gandhi’s ‘New Dawn’ for Handbags

February 1, 2013

Lessons from Wharton Venture Award winner Deepa Gandhi (WG’13) – “Whether you succeed or fail with your first venture or your second venture, you’re always going to learn something, and it’s going to make you that much stronger as a person.” MORE

TechCrunch: Flatiron Health Raises $8M From Google Ventures, First Round To Build An Intelligent Data Platform For Oncology

January 15, 2013

“Flatiron Health [founded by alums Nat Turner W’08 and Zach Weinberg], the developers of an intelligent oncology data platform, has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding led by Google Ventures with participation from First Round Capital, Laboratory Corporation of America, Great Oaks Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, SV Angel, IA Ventures and angel investors.” 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

INC: How Warby Parker Reinvented Retail

January 3, 2013

“Warby Parker will finally get a conventional storefront in 2013. Here are four retail experiments that helped the brand get there.” MORE

Wall Street Journal: Recruiting For Your Startup on Campus

December 19, 2012

Wharton alums Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg share tips about recruiting new employees while still in college. MORE

Stylitics’ New Shoppable Closets Redefine the Online Retail Experience

November 27, 2012

“Stylitics [co-founded by Rohan Deuskar WG’11 and winner of the 2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition], the social virtual closet website and iPhone app, disrupts the online retail space by introducing shoppable closets of celebrities, style icons, and fashion insiders.” MORE

Social Times: Warby Parker’s Eccentric E-Commerce Model Leads to Plans for Flagship Store

November 13, 2012

Warby Parker, an online eyewear vendor, may point to the direction of e-commerce after Amazon. MORE