Neil Blumenthal

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Wharton alumni

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 non-profit 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 responsible for developing VisionSpring’s award-winning strategy (Fast Company Social Capitalist Award ‘08, ‘07 and ‘05) and expanding VisionSpring’s global presence from one to 10 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, and has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was also recognized as part of “The Next Establishment” by Vanity Fair, and 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. Neil lives in Greenwich Village with his wife Rachel, the founder of Cricket’s Circle.

Twitter – @neilblumenthal

Past Appearances

Launch Pad: December 28, 2016

Host Karl Ulrich is joined by Nimit Maru (Co-Founder and CTO, Fullstack Academy), Matt Carey (Co-Founder and CEO, Abaris Financial), Lydia Fayal (Co-Founder, AdmitSee), and Neil Blumenthal (Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker) on the Wednesday, December 28, 2016 edition of Launch Pad.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Launch Pad: July 13, 2016

Host Karl Ulrich is joined by Nimit Maru (Co-Founder and CTO, Fullstack Academy), Matt Carey (Co-Founder and CEO, Abaris Financial), Lydia Fayal (Co-Founder, AdmitSee), Stephanie Shyu (Co-Founder, AdmitSee), and Neil Blumenthal (Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker) on the Wednesday, July 13, 2016 edition of Launch Pad.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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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 inRead More

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