Paul Hurley, CEO, ideeli and David Gilboa, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker, share how fashion fell in love with the internet. The discussion is moderated by Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic.
Dave Gilboa is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses.
Prior to Warby Parker, Dave was an Associate at merchant bank Allen & Company and, earlier, worked at Bain & Company. He also served as Special Assistant to the Founder and CEO of the TriZetto Group, and has held strategy and business development roles at Genomic Health and Crescendo Bioscience. Dave has worked extensively with non-profit organizations, and serves as a founding member of the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to mobilizing graduates as entrepreneurs in low-cost cities.
Born in Sweden and raised in San Diego, Dave graduated with a BS in Bioengineering with Honors from UC Berkeley and holds an MBA from Wharton Business School.
Paul is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ideeli. Since launching the site in 2007, Paul has driven the company's innovative vision, managing a high-growth business that now delivers carefully-curated, limited-time sales every day across the categories of apparel, accessories, home, beauty, kids, travel and experiences to the site's nearly 4 million U.S. members.
Being a leader in the world of online entrepreneurism is nothing new for Paul. In 1989 he founded Cypress Research, which combined e-commerce with embedded upgrade technology years ahead of the internet. Cypress Shopper, a component of the company's MegaPhone fax software for Macs and PCs, shipped over 10 million copies to 23 countries. In 1994, he founded Aveo which invented the now pervasive concept of pre-emptive technical support, with its products adopted by Hewlett Packard, Gateway, Dell, Kensington and Logitech. Paul's third company, Alset, Inc., was founded in 2001 and helped leading brands such as Best Buy and Micro Warehouse use the internet to simultaneously improve service and marketing.
Paul is a co-inventor for two U.S. patents and for ten years served on the board of Volunteermatch.org where he helped corporations manage their volunteer efforts with thousands of non-profits around the world.
He graduated from Yale University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute.
Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.