Neil Blumenthal

Neil Blumenthal
Born in 2010 and a leader in socially conscious businesses, Warby Parker’s founders David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal had one basic goal: to make eyeglasses affordable.  By slowly raising funds to launch their business in February of 2010, Warby Parker was being featured on Vogue.com and was referred to as the “Netflix of eye ware” by GQ.  By May of 2011, Warby Parker raised $2.5 million and by April of 2015, the company is now valued at $1.2 billion.  By designing glasses in house and working directly with customers, Warby Parker is able to provide higher-quality, better-looking eye ware at a fraction of what competitors sell them for.  Warby Parker also takes note that at least 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to glasses, and therefore partners with non-profts like VisionSpring; for every pair of glasses sold, another pair is distributed to someone in need.