Using Smartphones To Save Lives: Aaron Goldstein W’16

By Nadine Kavanaugh

Aaron Goldstein W’16 was recently named Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of the Year! In honor of his achievement, here’s Wharton Entrepreneurship’s interview with Aaron from our fall newsletter.

Fever Smart is a smart thermometer that allows parents to monitor their child’s temperature continuously and remotely. It’s already FDA approved, and their Indiegogo campaign this fall reached its goal in just 4 days, and ultimately raised $62,986—157% of their $40,000 goal. The great press that Fever Smart got in CNET,Business InsiderVentureBeat, and more undoubtedly helped.

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FinTech for Wharton: Join the New Club

By Daniel McAuley WG’16 and Steve Weiner WG’16, Co-founders of Wharton FinTech

When we came to Wharton, we both wanted to immerse ourselves and make an impact in the world of financial technology (FinTech). We recognized this would be an area of growth and that Wharton was uniquely positioned to play a part in this trend, with its deep expertise in finance and campus presence on both coasts. We found that many of our classmates shared this outlook and some had professional experience in FinTech. Many still were interested in working for startups or leveraging prior finance experience to found FinTech companies. We also found there was demand from the industry for a channel to students who care about these issues and want to build careers around them. To our surprise, there were no other MBA FinTech clubs in the US or abroad, and we started what we believe to be the first ever student-led FinTech initiative, here at Wharton.

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Get to Know a Wharton Prof: Ethan Mollick

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

In this series, Get to Know a Wharton Prof, we do brief interviews with our professors in order to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of these amazing scholars, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Today’s interviewee, Ethan Mollick, is a Professor of Management at Wharton. He studies innovation and entrepreneurship, and the ways in which an individual’s actions can affect firms and industries. He was named one of the “40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors Under 40.” Learn more about him here.

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What We Learned From Our (Successful!) Kickstarter

By Adina Luo W’16 and Molly Liu W’16, Co-founders of Black Box Denim

We’re Black Box Denim: we do custom jeans, hand-made and delivered to your doorstep. For us, the decision to run a Kickstarter campaign was an amalgamation of a lot of considerations. Ultimately, we decided it was the right choice for us: it was an opportunity to validate a market we were not yet sure existed, and we could start building our brand right away. We raised $27,492, meeting our $25,000 goal with 122 backers. The crowdfunding learning curve is a steep one, and through our own campaign, we summarized some key lessons.

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5 Tips to Help You Raise a Seed Round

By Karthik Sridharan W’07/ENG’07, Co-founder and CEO of Kinnek

For first-time entrepreneurs, raising a seed round can seem like a daunting task.  We went through our own seed fundraise at Kinnek back in December 2012, so I know the difficulties firsthand.  While there’s of course no magic formula or trick that can guarantee you a successful fundraise, there are definitely certain things that helped us tremendously and I wish I had been aware of sooner.  I’ve detailed five tips below that I feel can definitely put you on advantageous footing when it comes to raising a seed round of financing:

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Scaling-up by Racing Downhill

By Todd Gibby WG’97, CEO of BoardEffect

Scaling-up a company is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding parts of working in an early-stage business environment.  But doing so is also filled with risks and challenges.  At this time of year, I am reminded of just how comparable scaling a business can be to one of winter’s other adrenaline-charged activities—ski racing.  This metaphor was introduced to me years ago; and I continue to be struck by the lessons to be taken from the downhill to the start-up.

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A Day in the Life of an M&T Alum: Max, Class of 2004

By Max Galka W’04/ENG’04

This post originally appeared on the M&T For Life blog.

M&T’s ‘A Day in the Life’ series highlights alumni in various fields and positions, offering a glimpse of what life after graduation is like. This post comes to us from M&T alum Max, currently an entrepreneur in New York.

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Why My Company Has a Social Mission

By David Klein, Wharton alumnus, Co-founder and CEO of CommonBond

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the Social Impact Initiative blog.

I sometimes get the question, “Why do you have a social mission?”

David Klein with members of the Wharton Social Venture Fund, spring 2014.

David Klein with members of the Wharton Social Venture Fund, spring 2014.

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Connecting the Dots

By Andrew Dunn W’12

Shortly after graduating in 2012 I submitted a WE Blog post that captured my enthusiasm for pursuing a road less traveled, and encouraged other aspiring entrepreneurs to take advantage of the universe of opportunities available. Two years later, I’m back to share some relevant findings from my entrepreneurial journey around so far:

Andrew Dunn W'12 and his coworkers at a Bima Cambodia launch event.

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Building Transformative Relationships: Entrepreneurs Summit at WhartonǀSan Francisco

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

WhartonǀSan Francisco and Wharton Entrepreneurship co-hosted a very successful Entrepreneurs Summit last week, connecting entrepreneurs with investors and talent in the Bay Area. Relationships are at the heart of every entrepreneurial endeavor, and this summit gave entrepreneurs a chance to learn more about the importance of relationships—and to build some new ones.

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