Founders Club

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Management Team

 
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Joshua Ryan, Co-President

In between studies at Wharton, Josh has built an infrastructure for chicken farming in Rwanda, an import-export business for international brands in Colombia, and an English consultancy in Mexico City which helped Mexican executives negotiate with American partners. Since selling the Mexican business, he has worked with a variety of companies as a business development advisor. Most recently he has co-founded a company which is bringing live editable spaces into text conversations. Check out tryplank.com and feel free to reach outHis goal for Founders Club is to create lasting resources and community that will be helpful for founders both as students and alumni.

 
 
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Emily Tung, Co-President

Emily was born in Brazil to Chinese-Taiwanese parents and moved to California when she was 12. Pre-Wharton, she graduated from UC Berkeley and worked at Accenture Management Consulting and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Emily is currently working on a menstrual cramp relief product based on Eastern medicine through her company Jubilee, a Wharton VIP-X company. Emily wants to help strengthen the Founders community at Wharton and make it a vibrant and active platform for Founders in Philadelphia.

 
 
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Harry Du, Co-President

Harry is an active member of the Philadelphia startup community, with extensive management experience and knowledge in I.o.T, digital health, and tech entrepreneurship. Currently he is the Head of Operations at Fitly, a DreamIt Health venture backed by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross. Prior to Fitly, Harry worked as a research analyst for CERN and the Oxford Martin School. He holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in engineering science from University of Oxford. Harry wants to make Founders Club the go-to place for founders building cool things, by providing them with valuable resources, tactical support, and funding opportunities.

 
 
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Andrew Pietra, Co-President (San Fran Campus)

Andrew is a successful entrepreneur with considerable experience in private equity and startups. He currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Qorum. Before taking up his current role, Andrew served as President of Tethered, LLC and spent two years as the CEO of A & L Energy Operations, a successful energy startup based in New York City.  He holds a masters degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine.

Andrew manages Founders Club's San Francisco presence.

     
     

    Brett Beaulieu-Jones, Tech VP

    Brett is a PhD candidate focused on machine learning in Genomics and Computational Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine. Previously, Brett co-founded SyncOnSet Technologies, a venture-backed software technology company in the entertainment space. SyncOnSet is used by more than 50% of U.S. television, and Brett won a Primetime Engineering Emmy Award (2016) as a part of the development.

     

    Dhruv Vasishtha, Tech VP

    Dhruv Vasishtha is a first year MBA at Wharton in their Health Care Management department. He has founded his own mental health venture, was an early employee at a funded mobile video messaging startup, and most recently was lead product manager on first of their kind mobile and connected device products for Medidata, global leader in life sciences technology. He is working on a senior care venture while at Wharton. Dhruv did his undergrad at Columbia and advises a high growth LatAm AI startup, Yalo, in his spare time.

     

    Alexandra Dombrowski, Outreach VP

    Alexandra has a passion for the consumer goods industry. She started out her career at Groupon, when it was still a tiny start-up with a cozy office at Oxford Circus in London. She went on to work for Goldman Sachs where she managed the IPO of luxury fashion brand Moncler and then switched to the Boston Consulting Group where she worked with large retail clients. At Wharton she brings all of her previous experience to use at her own company DURCHBLICK, a shopping assistant for online groceries, and a VIP and I-Corps company. Her goal at the Founder’s Club is to strengthen the community’s ties with external partners and entrepreneurial alumni.

     

    Shoshanna Israel, Outreach VP

    Shoshanna is a Philly(ish) native and a freshman at Wharton. Before starting her undergrad, she worked for startups ROARforGood and PopInShop, as well as the City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce. Most recently, she worked for local entrepreneurship organization Philly Startup Leaders, helping to build up the Philly tech scene. Shoshanna wants to help the Founder community at Penn connect to each other and the broader Philadelphia community.

     

    Adina Davis, VC & Social VP

    Adina is a Wharton MBA student, tech enthusiast, and aspiring venture capitalist. In addition to Founders Club she is a board member of Wharton’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Club. Prior to Wharton, Adina spent four years at J.P. Morgan, most recently on the Debt Capital Markets team where she helped advise Fortune 500 technology and media companies on strategic financing opportunities. In her spare time, Adina enjoys travelling, art, and her involvement with KIPP NYC. Adina is excited about sparking a virtuous cycle between Penn Founders and Penn’s future investors, as well as helping to cultivate relationships with the investor community at large.

     

    Rohan Shah, Social VP

    Rohan is a sophomore, studying Computational Finance. He is quite active in the startup scene, with his introduction through PennApps. Since sophomore year of high school, Rohan has been hacking at various hackathons around the world including PennApps. He is also incredibly passionate about entrepreneurship and has had a successful exit, selling mobile-location algorithms to the US Navy through PointOne Development. Now, he is the Executive Director of PennApps Fellows and the Co-founder and CEO of Slice Capital, where he is democratizing Venture Capital. In his free time, you’ll find him DJ’ing afterparties, playing poker, or dancing with the boys of Penn Dhamaka.


    Founders Club 2016