Rutgers Alumni in the News

Orangi Town, Pakistan
Wednesday, November 1, 2017


"Oh, my God, we won." Those were the words of Moneeb Mian, chief financial officer of Roshni Rides, as he approached the stage at the UN headquarters in New York City to accept the coveted $1 million Hult Prize.

The Hult Prize was created in 2009 to generate startup ideas from young people to sustainably solve the world's most critical social challenges. This year's Hult challenge was to improve the well-being of one million refugees by 2022.

Roshni Rides, created by four Pakistani-American students and alumni of Rutgers Business School, student Gia Farooqi and new graduates Hasan Usmani, Moneeb Mian and Hanaa Lakhani, provides a ride-sharing service for auto-rickshaws. Currently operating in Orangi Town, a slum of 2.4 million people outside Karachi, it allows drivers to follow set routes and passengers to easily share fares. The drivers ferry more passengers and earn more money, but passengers spend far less than if they had to travel alone and independently negotiate with drivers.

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USA Today
Washington D.C.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Lei Lei, dean of Rutgers Business School, described thewin by the Roshni Rides team as "a great accomplishment and a reflection of the values that continue to elevate the Rutgers Business School brand."

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New York, NY
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Downtown Magazine NYC

Have you ever dropped your cell phone? Odds are that you have, and that drop led to its screen being cracked. Instead of feeling hopeless and clumsy, there is a wonderful alternative out there in the form of Smartbulance. 

Founded by Ralph Shulberg, Rutgers Executive MBA ’15, Smartbulance is an economical and efficient repair service for smartphones. Customers are offered emergency repairs via pickup and drop-off as Smartbulance services all five New York City boroughs and neighboring Hudson County. And for those dropping off, Smartbulance also provides a bit of spectacle, as its team emphasizes its emergency concept by working out of an ambulance.

Ralph spoke to Downtown about what inspired him to start up the company, which is in the midst of tremendous growth. He opened up about Smartbulance's new partnership with the MTA; the first kiosk under this collaboration launches in May. 

Where did the idea for the ambulance come from? Did you have the idea for the vehicle before you had the name?

I identified this trend and timing of the market saturation early in 2012. I developed a transition strategy to downsize my brick and mortar locations down to 2, apply to business school with the end goal of entering the mobile device repair industry when I graduated. I enrolled in Rutgers Executive MBA program in 2013. 

It was during this time when I realized just how busy working professionals are. They are busy with work, family life, and many had decided to go back to school thus reducing their free time even further. 

My classmates constantly were showing up to class with broken devices with no time to get them repaired. I asked about their IT departments and most of them laughed and explained how inefficient the repair process was for enterprise accounts. 

By January 2014 I had developed a business plan on how we would use state of the art repair trucks to bring the repair shop to enterprise customers, their employees, and individual customers. So the idea for the trucks came first.

I graduated with my Executive MBA from Rutgers on May 20th took 10 days off and started Smartbulance on Jun. 1, 2015 by purchasing my first truck. It took 2 weeks to customize and we were on the road and in business by Jun. 15, 2015.

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Westfield, N.J.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Steve Forbes highlighted some of the greatest business leaders of his generation in hopes of inspiring the next generation in a speech given at the State Theatre New Jersey in partnership with the Rutgers Business School on Sept. 25. The business school event that attracted close to 900 attendees from both the university and the surrounding community was part of an ongoing celebration of Rutgers' 250th anniversary.

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YAHOO! Finance
Lewisville, TX
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Teladoc, Inc. (TDOC), the nation's leading provider of telehealth services, today announced that Mark Hirschhorn has been appointed to the newly created role of chief operating officer, while continuing to serve as the company's chief financial officer.

"I'm exceptionally proud of the company we've built and am incredibly energized to partner with Jason, and the leadership team, to help lead our next phase of corporate growth, winning the hearts and minds of our members and extensive client base," said Mark Hirschhorn, Teladoc COO and CFO.

Mr. Hirschhorn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in 1986 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers Business School in 1987. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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New Delhi, India
Monday, June 13, 2016


The London Business School (LBS) recently felicitated Rana Kapoor, managing director and chief executive officer, Yes Bank for his "exemplary contribution to entrepreneurship and innovation" at the India Business Forum (IBF) 2016, the annual flagship conference of the London Business School India Club.

LBS is one of the most prestigious business schools and has been consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world.

June 1, the day he was felicitated, incidentally, marks 36 years in the banking industry for Kapoor.

An alumnus of the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce, Kapoor went on to do an MBA from Rutgers Business School, New Jersey, US.

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Globe Advisor
Toronto, ON
Thursday, January 14, 2016

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No stranger to entrepreneurship, MBA alumnus Desi Saran joined up with friends Robert Giuliani and Abby Taylor last year and helped them to win the top prize of $20,000 at the annual Rutgers business plan competition. By the summer, the year-old Playa Bowls business started by Giuliani and Taylor, was one of the busiest spots on the Belmar boardwalk and growing strong with Saran's strategic assistance.

Jan. 20 is the next deadline for prospective students to apply to the full-time Rutgers MBA program. (It is the final deadline for international candidates.) Remember, the earlier an application is submitted, the greater the chances of obtaining scholarship money.

Rutgers MBA alumna Tashni-Ann Dubroy's experience in the research laboratory and the classroom combined with her leadership and business skills landed her a position leading Shaw University. Read about Shaw's newest president.

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Cannes Lions
Cannes Lions, France
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has today held a press conference in Beijing to announce that it will honour SY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent, President of its Online Media Group, with Media Person of the Year at the 2015 Festival.

SY Lau’s foresight has driven Tencent’s Online Media Group (OMG) to evolve from a single Internet portal into a highly integrated media matrix that has taken a preeminent position in China. “What SY has achieved is truly inspiring – contributing to the journey that builds Tencent into the largest integrated Internet service company in Asia is no mean feat,” says Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals. “The Media Person of the Year Award exists to recognise those who have shaped the future of the creative communications industry and who stand as an influential figure in today’s media landscape. SY is the epitome of this and it’s humbling to be able to award him with this accolade.”

 “It is truly an honour to accept this prestigious award on behalf of Tencent Online Media Group,” said SY Lau, Rutgers Business School Executive MBA alumnus, Class of '04. “Tencent prides itself in its commitment to deliver innovation and content that continually drives the user experience to new levels of excellence. This accolade is recognition for the immense effort of our teams who set themselves the goal of meeting the dynamic lifestyle demands of people all over the world.”

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Astoria, NY
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), a global leader in music rights management, today announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously elected Michael O'Neill as Chief Executive Officer effective September 16, 2013. O'Neill will also become a member of the Board. O'Neill succeeds BMI's current President and CEO Del Bryant who announced his desire to step down earlier this year after almost 42 years of continuous service to the company. O'Neill will assume the title of President upon Bryant's retirement in June 2014.

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New York City, N.Y.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

KPIs are often seen as a cure to what ails the online ad industry. During AOL's first-quarter earnings call in 2012, CEO Tim Armstrong discussed how he was trying to convince more advertisers to use them:

"The majority of our ad customers are running their display budgets off of KPIs (key performance measures like brand lift)," Armstrong told Adweek. "We need to reconnect brands to KPIs. We've sort of needed to shift from an older display model to a newer display model, and that’s something we’re working through."

Got that? It's time to reconnect with KPIs, man. Dive into that KPI goodness.

What are KPIs, you ask? The acronym stands for "key performance indicators." Like many phrases adopted by the online ad industry, it has a precedent. Every industry has its own KPIs. In retail, for instance, same-store sales are a KPI, while in the auto industry they might be inventory turns or manufacturing cycle times. "In every line of business there's some kind of metric that someone uses to gauge how they're performing and whether to judge success or failure," says Jing Suk, vice president and director of strategy and analysis at Digitas and an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School.

(Professor Suk earned her MBA from the Executive MBA Program at Rutgers Business School and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Rutgers College.)

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New York, NY
Thursday, April 18, 2013

The New Jersey Needs You gathering probably had the biggest number of Garden State cheerleaders, among them Mark Savino, who works at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Joseph Gasparro, who works at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has an MBA from Rutgers Business School.

"My goal is to open up all the secrets to getting a job and building a career after college,” Gasparro, a co-chairman of the Young Leadership Board said. “How to interview, what to wear -- we also buy them a suit.”

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New York, NY
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Professor Farrokh Langdana was featured in Arrive, Amtrak's magazine for the Acela northeast train corridor. "Once the economy gets traction, because never in history have we printed so much money without inflation, we will need to suck the money back in, or we will see inflation. It's like toothpaste - once out of the tube, it's hard to get back in," says Langdana in interview. See article.


Device Space
Friday, August 17, 2012

Today ChanTest announces the hiring of Chris Mathes, Ph.D., M.B.A. to lead its business into a new era. Mathes starts September 1st as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and will oversee all sales, marketing and customer relations activities at ChanTest. He will also contribute to the forward looking and strategic guidance of ChanTest as a global player in the CRO industry.

"Chris is a real ion channel guy," said Dr. Arthur "Buzz" Brown, CEO, President & Founder of ChanTest. "As CCO, he brings a unique mix of science and business to our company in order to make ChanTest's interface to the world even better."

Dr. Mathes has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA and an MBA from Rutgers University. He has published several ion channel papers in peer reviewed journals over the past two decades. In the last 10 years, Mathes has been a pioneer in the development and implementation of automated patch clamp systems for ion channel safety testing and drug discovery.

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New York, NY
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prior to joining Roland Berger, Bill Downey was Senior Vice President and Head of the Global Energy Practice at a leading US consultancy. Downey has more than 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry and has become an expert in the lubricants, waxes and petroleum specialties value chains. He has gained deep industry knowledge in selected petroleum industry segments, including commercial fuel segments such as marine and aviation. His functional experience includes B2B industrial sales and distribution channels, M&A strategy and technology as well as pricing, pricing management and sales force development. Downey studied chemistry at Rutgers College in New Brunswick and holds an MBA from Rutgers Business School in Newark.

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Daily Targum
Friday, April 6, 2012

All of Julie Culley’s running will come down to one day, June 28, when she finds out if she has made the top three in the final tryout round for the U.S. Olympic team in the 5,000-meter race. Culley, a Rutgers Business School alumna, is now one second away from the Olympic qualifying standard of 15 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the 5,000-meter race. She will train and race hard over the next few months to hit that standard.

Digital Journal
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced today John Marinho will be its Vice President of Technology and Cybersecurity effective March 12. In the newly created role, among Marinho's key responsibilities will be leading CTIA's efforts to help the wireless industry secure its networks and devices against cybersecurity threats and educating policymakers on emerging technologies while advocating for sensible and practical regulations that do not impose unintended consequences. He will also serve as CTIA's primary liaison with government agencies on cybersecurity issues. Marinho has an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management and graduated cum laude from New Jersey Institute of Technology in electrical engineering.

Yahoo Finance
New York, NY
Friday, January 13, 2012

Mike Shafir is a Senior Research Analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach, Inc. He joined the firm as a Research Analyst, focusing on Northeast banks and thrifts, in April 2006 after working as an Analyst at Moors & Cabot since 2004. Mr. Shafir holds a B.A. in history from Brandeis University and an MBA in finance from Rutgers Business School.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Heath Ahrens, Undergraduate Newark class of 2008, is now CEO of iSpeech, a technology innovations firm. His “Drive Safely” apps, a popular cell phone upload for motorists, converts speech to text for safer driving.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rutgers alumni Joe Shure and Rohan Mathew founded The Intersect Fund in 2008. Learn how their entrepreneurial spirit has grown their business and see what advice they give to aspiring social entrepreneurs.

Wayne, NJ
Monday, December 5, 2011

To protect people’s hearts and raise awareness about heart disease, Genso LLC launched Heart Juice, an all-natural, low-calorie beverage containing cardio-protective ingredients. After researching and meeting with doctors, herbalists and natural food stores, Genso founders developed a list of essential ingredients often used in heart health applications. They concluded that if they mixed hawthorn extract, resveratrol, vitamins, antioxidants, garlic extract, pomegranate juice and a small amount of stevia, they’d have a bottled drink that would support heart health. Available in a Pulse Berry flavor, Heart Juice has 20 calories and comes packaged in a 16-ounce glass bottle. A bottle retails for approximately $2.79.