Archive for the ‘WEP Board Members’ Category

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


CNBC: Shazam CEO’s 5 tips for making it big

February 19, 2014
Did you know that Shazam CEO Rich Riley W’96 is on the WE board?

CNBC shares Rich’s 5 tips for making it big: MORE

Economist: Feathering its Nest

February 19, 2014
The internet’s been buzzing with the news that Google is buying Nest for the fabulous price of $3.2 billion.

What’s the Wharton connection? Rob Coneybeer, WG’96 and WE board member, is an investor, and Tom vonReichbauer W’04/WG’05 is the Nest CFO. Congrats guys! MORE

flying kite media: q&a: stephen m. goodman

November 7, 2013
Stephen Goodman, W’62/L’65, member of the Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and “entrepreneurship elder-statesman,” gives a fantastic interview on where entrepreneurship has been, and where it’s going. Well worth the read! MORE

Forbes: Billionaire Slim Puts $40 Million Into Shazam

July 10, 2013

Congrats CEO Rich Riley (W’96) -‏ Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim puts $40M into Shazam as it expands into TV. MORE

Venture Beat: How Rick Thompson became the über investor for gaming (interview)

January 18, 2013

Wharton Entrepreneurship advisory board member Rick Thompson (WG’96) discusses how he got started in investing, how he finds talent and upcoming disruptive trends. MORE

Business Standard: Hyderabad Angels gives start-ups a boost

November 26, 2012

Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board member Sashi Reddi (GRW’94) discusses what Hyderabad Angels looks for in early-stage companies. MORE

Dorm Room Fund – Investment fund for Philadelphia student-run start-ups

September 27, 2012

Josh Kopelman W’93 of First Round Capital announces the Dorm Room Fund – a $500K fund for Philly student entrepreneurs run by students. His announcement was featured in Business Insider, Technically Philly, Fortune, Pando Daily,, The Wall Street Journal

Congratulations to Board Member Stephen Goodman W’62/L’65

August 15, 2012

Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board member Stephen Goodman W’62/L’65 has been named on of the Top 3 “Most Valuable Players” in Business of the past 30 years by the Philadelphia Business Journal. MORE

Felicis Ventures (founded by Aydin Senkut WG’96) raises new $70M fund

June 7, 2012

Coverage of Felicis Ventures’ new $70M fund in a number of media outlets including: TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg and GigaOm.

Wall Street Journal: Debating Facebook IPO Fallout for Start-Ups

June 6, 2012

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board members Aydin Senkut WG’96 & Rob Coneybeer WG’96 comment on the influence of Facebook’s IPO on start-up investing. MORE

The Next Web: Felicis, the super angel fund started by former Google exec Aydin Senkut, raises $52 million

May 22, 2012

Felicis Ventures – founded by Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs advisory board member Aydin Senkut WG’96 – raises a new fund. MORE

TechCrunch: Zynga Picks Up Mobile Gaming Startup Wild Needle In A Talent Deal

May 14, 2012

Zynga acquires Wild Needle, Inc. (CEO is Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs board member Rick Thompson WG’96)  MORE

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Board Member Rob Coneybeer WG’96, Managing Director of Shasta Ventures comments on Wild Needle acquisition in The Wall Street Journal

PE Hub: “VCJ Interview: Aydin Senkut and Felicis Ventures Redefining How Seed is Done”

March 9, 2012

PE Hub: VCJ Senior Editor Mark Boslet discusses international investing with Wharton Entrepreneurial Advisory Board member Aydin Senkut WG’96. (3/7/2012) MORE

The Times of India: “Tech Honchos Seed IT Newbies”

March 8, 2012

“Many investors have always had a serial entrepreneurial streak. ‘It is in the blood for many of us. Angel funding is like a proxy for entrepreneurship,’ said [former R&D chief at Yahoo India Sharad] Sharma. In recent times, newer faces like Applabs founder Sashi Reddi [GRW’94] have joined the bandwagon. A few days ago, he invested in Mumbai-based renewable energy startup Green India Building Systems and Services (GIBSS).” MORE

The Hindu Business Line: Serial entrepreneur turns investor

February 16, 2012

“After his four entrepreneurial ventures, Mr [Sashi] Reddi [GRW’94] believes that all new ventures should have an outside investor to instil discipline, financial and otherwise…Instead of investing his monies in new ventures of his own, he decides to make seed investments in start-ups and started SRI Capital.” (2/16/2012) MORE

Shanken News Daily: ‘Total Wine & More Launches Website Sales’

February 6, 2012

“Total Wine & More [co-founded by Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Board Member David Trone WG’85] has launched a new e-commerce website that allows consumers to shop online.” (2/3/2012) MORE

PE Hub: “Aydin Senkut Recalls a Game of Pool with Aaron Levie Led Him to”

January 26, 2012

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Board Member Aydin Senkut (WG’96) believes that “Ninety percent of success is showing up.” (1/26/2012) MORE

Fortune Magazine names WEP Advisory Board Member to “40 under 40” list

October 20, 2011

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board member Rich Riley W’96 (SVP & Managing Director, EMEA, Yahoo) named as “one to watch” in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40. MORE

All Things D interviews Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board member Rick Thompson

October 12, 2011

All Things D: Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board member & former Playdom chairman Rick Thompson WG’96 talks about the “radical transformation” of the social gaming industry and the “natural virality” of mobile. MORE

WEP Board Member Rob Coneybeer on Bloomberg

September 30, 2011

Bloomberg: Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board member Rob Coneybeer (WG’96), the Managing Director of Shasta Ventures, discusses the “venture capital fund’s investment strategy.” MORE

Bloomberg TV interviews WEP Board Member Aydin Senkut WG’96

April 14, 2011

WEP Board Member & founder of Felicis Ventures, Aydin Senkut WG’96 (who was the 36th employee at Google), discusses Google’s outlook on Bloomberg TV. MORE

Venture Beat: Wild Needle newest venture by WEP Advisory Board member Rick Thompson

January 11, 2011

Rick Thompson, member of Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board and co-founder of Playdom (acquired by Disney in July 2010), has started Wild Needle, which is “focused on social games with a location twist”.  WEP Advisory Board member Robert Coneybeer, Managing Director of Shasta Ventures, appointed to Wild Needle’s board.  MORE

NYTimes: WEP Board of Advisors Member Quoted

January 20, 2010

Rob Coneybeer, WG’96, and a member of the WEP Board of Advisors, is quoted in the article below. He made the comments at a Wharton seminar for business journalists held at Wharton | San Francisco Jan 11. MORE

The Daily Pennsylvanian: WEP Aids Students in Finding Internships

April 20, 2009

The Daily Pennsylvanian features WEP’s efforts to connect Wharton undergrads with growth firms seeking talented interns. Emily Cieri and 2008 Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow Matt Owens are quoted. MORE