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In 2012, student entrepreneur Ryan Marschang and some of his classmates launched Invisergy, a developer of solar technology building materials. While the technology showed great potential, building owners weren’t quite ready for the high-tech product, and its founders dissolved the business in December. Marschang sat down with KWHS Editor Diana Drake to discuss his passion for energy and how it feels to close the doors on a new business.
Dagne Dover, a new brand offering luxury quality accessories, like handbags at affordable prices, will be launching this spring. KWHS sat down with founder Deepa Gandhi to talk fashion, finance and the journey of a young equities trader turned entrepreneur.
African football (soccer) player and high school student Muna Yussuf would like to add sports business entrepreneur to her credits. During a recent Wharton visit, Yussuf sat down with KWHS to discuss some of her ideas for improving the sports infrastructure in Africa — with the help of innovative thinking and social media.
Mouhammad “Mo” Fall, 16, is a rising senior at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fall and several of his classmates came up with the idea to create an African Sports Academy to help nurture and develop sports talent in South Africa. He talks with Knowledge@Wharton High School about his plans for improving the sports infrastructure in his country.
Ashley MacPhaille, 17, is a rising senior at the Academy of The Sacred Heart in New Orleans. She sat down with KWHS to discuss Hurricane Katrina, an internship with the Saints and her role model, Rita Benson LeBlanc.
When Bill Rasmussen launched ESPN on September 7, 1979, he gave the world its first 24-hour television network and changed the way people viewed both television and sports. His innovations include the creation of “Sports Center,” wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular-season and March Madness college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series baseball tournament. Rasmussen, who wrote a book titled, Sports Junkies Rejoice! The Birth of ESPN, talked with Knowledge@Wharton about the challenges of founding a 24/7 sports network in the face of nearly universal skepticism, what entrepreneurs need to succeed and why he doesn’t ever plan to retire.
Price-to-earnings, debt-to-equity: Investors doing their research about companies come across these ratios all the time. Peter Hand, an investment analyst on the North American Equity Team at Aberdeen Asset Management in Philadelphia, discusses financial ratios and how they help to inform investment decisions.