Alumni Profiles

Jing Chen, M&T '07

Hometown: 
San Francisco, CA
Engineering Major: 
Digital Media Design with strong emphasis on Computer Science
Wharton Concentration: 
Finance

What are you doing currently?

I co-founded a company, K-Factor Media, straight after UPenn. We make a wide range of web and mobile applications from a birthday reminder service to casual games.

I started this company from my apartment with two friends in early 2008. Within six months, we became profitable and have been able to scale the company from there without any outside funding. Today, we have over 100 million monthly active users in our network.   

How did M&T prepare you for your current role or life after graduation?

M&T has been invaluable for my development as an entrepreneur. On the engineering side, I didn't know how to program going into Penn (Java was like Greek to me, and I definitely wasn't like the programming gurus in my class who were programming since age 10), but I came out well equipped to add value to my startup from day one. Because I was able to contribute code, between my two co-founders and I, we had the necessary skills to build a product and thus this enabled us to bootstrap our company without the need for any VC funding. On the business side, Wharton provided me with a strong foundation of business fundamentals, which become especially powerful when merged alongside engineering skills. After all, it is not only important to know how to build and ship a product but also be able to know what the right product to build is! 

How do you connect with the M&T Community?

I attend as many M&T events as possible and try to help other aspiring M&T entrepreneurs as they graduate. I currently am also an active angel investor. 

What was your favorite part of the M&T Program?

Being able to take a wide range of classes and interacting with a group of highly talented, inspiring individuals. 

What activities did you take part in while at Penn?

Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity, Women in Computer Science, and ITA work/study.