A hearty congratulations to Wharton ’11 MBA grads Philip Cortes, Nina Cherny, and Jenny Wu, who have been named among Business Insider’s “Sexiest Startup CEOs on Earth.” Earth? C’mon guys, that’s a pretty bold statement. Northern hemisphere maaaaybe.
Cortes is the founder of Meeteor, a website that “connects people online who share the same interests and contacts” (how novel! We’ve never heard of anything like it. Ever). Cherny and Wu co-founded Stylyt, whose mysterious/unfinished website dares the question, “What if YOU could DESIGN an item in a BRAND’S collection?” (Ours would probably look something like this.) The comments reveal a firestorm of debate: Are these people actually sexy? Do these startups have any value whatsoever? What’s for dinner?
One commenter, “Bruce Buffer,” is quite critical of our dear friends:
Is this what schools like Wharton produce? Kids graduate and between partying and their time on Facebook, they dream up these ridiculous companies that add value to exactly 10 people’s lives and those 10 are probably their friends who told them to go for it! Please, BI, show us some people with balls not these over-grown kids with dreams of mediocrity…..
Well, excuse us, Bruce!