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Warby Parker's Socially Conscious Eyewear

Neil Blumenthal

Neil Blumenthal served as the Director of VisionSpring, an organization that teaches women in the developing world how to administer an eye exam while giving them the tools to distribute glasses to those who need them. It is a model that relies less exclusively on charity and works more to create an economic structure for long term success in developing countries. Neil then went on to create the eyewear company Warby Parker. The simple theory behind the Warby Parker business model Each time a customer buys a pair of glasses from Warby Parker, they are also making it possible for a pair to be distributed to a person in need through Warby Parker’s support of VisionSpring.

23:22 | 2013

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About Neil Blumenthal

Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. In 2015, Fast Company named Warby Parker the most innovative company in the world. Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as director of VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in developing countries.

He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He serves on the board of RxArt and on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. A native of New York City, Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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