Penn Alumni You Should Know About: Vol. 14


Daniel Smith (W ’86) has created thejimmyCASE, a must-have phone case with a pocket that carries your necessities like credit cards and cash. The cases are extra special because they are made of elastic and mahogany wood (fancy!). And for those of you who like your things to be made in America, these babies are assembled and sewn in Los Angeles. You can find more information here.



Entrepreneur Matt Newberg (W ’11) wants to help you make friends. With his new app playdope, users are alerted when they are in close proximity to someone who frequents the same places as them. After a trivia game to break the ice, the pair can chat and perhaps meet up in real life. So far the app is available in NYC and Philly. Cross your fingers that it becomes available elsewhere because Tinder just doesn’t work for everyone.




Warner Bros. Consumer Products Manager Ashley Berger Woodall (C’06) has launched a new marketing campaign for the THE WIZARD OF OZ™ and HABITAT FOR HUMANITY® teaming up with (co-writer of this article) Matt Rosler (C’96) and SWAGBUCKS.COM to build a better tomorrow – one brick at a time.  SWAGBUCKS.COM is the webs’ leading rewards discovery portal for people looking to extend their budget and make their everyday digital life more valuable. With over 10 Million members and counting, SWAGBUCKS is helping people to earn and learn while bettering their lives.

Wizard of Oz


Dan Harrell, otherwise known as “Palestra Dan”,  spent 23 years as the Palestra’s resident custodian. His story and memories were recently featured on Peep the video on their site to learn about Dan’s experience as everyone’s favorite Palestra resident.



Guess which beautiful Penn landmark made it into Business Insider’s “Most Beautiful American College Quads”?  I guess the article’s title kind of gives it away…

Penn quad



  • Undergrads, check out these Disney Summer Internships 2014 here
  • Penn alumni tips for getting jobs in the music industry here
  • Got a question for alumni, post it in our Job Forum here and we’ll get it answered!



Penn alum Craig Schlifstein (W’ 95) tragically passed away on January 17, 2014. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.  Please consider contributing to Craig’s memorial fund, which will collect donations for the family to fund immediate needs.

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2 thoughts on “Penn Alumni You Should Know About: Vol. 14

  1. AvatarCalvin Chen

    After reading that story about Robert Gant on the Tomorrow People, I realized that you didn’t have anything on the site about Aaron Yoo, C’01. He’s a regular cast member on that show (as well as having a long list of credits in movies and other shows.)

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