You know those moments when other Penn kids make you feel inadequate? Like that time you were really proud of yourself for not drunk eating until you found out your roommate cured cancer and got into four senior societies? This is one of those moments.
This morning, Business Insider named Wharton senior Steph Weiner a “Rising Star” in the New York City Venture Capital scene, even though she still goes to Penn. Weiner is a founding partner for First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund and a member of the Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund, where she (essentially) decides which Penn startups don’t totally suck. She also did business development for a solar-powered pontoon boat, has 500+ unpurchased connections on Linkedin, and we’ve already written about her. To quoteth 50 Cent, “Dammmmmn, homie.”
So ummmm, Steph, do you wanna Freaky Friday? We have a copy of Sims 3, over 200 Dining Dollars, and an average of only five points below the mean in Math 104 (okay, Math 103). Let us know.
Earlier this month, Business Insider compiled a list of the 29 Most Bizarre Economic Indicators in the World, with “The Hemline Index” at #7. This theory, presented by former Wharton professor George Taylor, maintains that economic fluctuations—in stock prices and GDP—manifest themselves in the lengths of women’s skirt and dress hemlines. (“Um, does this skirt make the economy look fat?”)
Yesterday, the same folks over at Business Insider decided to put Taylor’s Hemline Indicator to the test, measuring the recently debuted fall/winter collections of “25 of the most influential designers that show at New York fashion week” compared against their last year’s collections (complete with pictures). According to their thorough analysis, hemlines have indeed gotten shorter this season, so if Taylor’s to be believed, looks like our economy’s in for an uphill ride.
Talk about skirts and stockings!
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?
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Rankings for The World’s Best Business Schools came out yesterday and our very own Wharton has it in third–place. Business Insider, bragging like frat guys, claim to have developed “the true ranking of the top 50 schools” based on “how much a school will help your future career.” Apparently, Penn grads leave with “unmatched rigor in training analytical and thoughtful leadership, [the] largest alumni network, [and] incredible global diversity.” Basically, Penn rules, everyone else drools and Castle is probably second-tier!