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Three Michigan Ross Students & Alumni Make Forbes’ ’30 Under 30’ List

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Top business schools regularly find themselves with a few of their alumni or students on the Forbes’ annual “30 Under 30” list, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is no exception. This year, two Michigan Ross alumni and one current student found themselves on the list alongside two other University of Michigan alumni for a total of five Wolverines. This brings the university’s total students and alumni featured up to 13 since 2015.

Jack Kramer, a Class of 2019 MBA student and the co-founder of MarketSnacks, was one of the Ross additions this year. MarketSnacks is a daily newsletter that simplifies Wall Street by filtering out extraneous noise and condensing the news into bite-sized pieces that are clear and entertaining. The newsletter has more than 100,000 subscribers and a 40-percent open rate—an impressive feat.

The idea for the newsletter came about when Kramer and his co-founder Nick Martell were working as banking analysts in New York. They quickly realized that most financial news was too complicated, filled with jargon, and boring, so they wanted to create something different.

“Too often, people view news as an obligation,” Kramer said in a news blog. “We want you to look forward to opening the MarketSnacks email, so we keep it concise, digestible, and fun. Our readers appreciate that.”

As for Kramer’s time at Michigan Ross, he said: “I know all about finance, but business has so many facets. I’ve been blown away by the curriculum at this place. And the students here are the most well-rounded, funny, talented people I’ve ever met. I had no idea how much I had to learn until I arrived here.”

Daniel Sillman is a ’10 BBA out of Michigan Ross and the CEO of Relevant Sports, a company focused on building a soccer presence in the United States. This year, his company was responsible for bringing El Clasico international championship cup to Miami.

Jacob Smilovitz, a ’11 BBA and lead of M&A and investments at the New York Times, was placed on the list for his reporting on new revenue options.

Kelly Vo
Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.