Neil Blumenthal, Cofounder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker, discusses how to take on a monopolistic industry. Blumenthal is in conversation with Jason Tanz, Executive Editor, WIRED.
Neil Blumenthal cofounded Warby Parker in 2010 together with three friends from the Wharton School of Business, where he completed his MBA that same year. Warby Parker sells affordable, vintage-inspired eyewear online and strives to lead by example as a socially conscious business. Through its “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program, the company matches every sale by donating a pair of glasses to someone in need. So far, more than 250,000 free pairs have been distributed worldwide. Before starting Warby Parker, Blumenthal was director of the nonprofit VisionSpring, which helps women in South Asia, Africa, and Latin America start their own businesses selling inexpensive eyeglasses in their communities. In 2012 he was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of its Young Global Leaders.
Jason Tanz is editor at large at WIRED, where he writes frequently for the web and print and helps set the brand’s editorial strategy. He has been at WIRED since 2007; previously he worked at Fortune Small Business, Fortune, and SmartMoney magazines. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin, among many other publications, and he is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America. Tanz received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.