Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa & Jeffrey Raider
Co-founders, Warby Parker
There is no one in the company named Warby Parker – the name comes from two characters that appear in a journal by Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouak – despite the fact that there are four WP founders – Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider – and probably as many stories as to what inspired the bespectacled quartet to found the company. The problem was simple: the eyewear industry is dominated by a single company that has been able to keep prices artificially high in the name of reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options. Warby Parker was the fashionable, cost-effective alternative. Their eyewear is designed in house, and customer engagement is accomplished online (there are now few showrooms as well). Thus they were able to provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the going price.
Because a billion people worldwide do not have access to prescription glasses, they also partners with non-profits like VisionSpring (where Blumenthal once worked) to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. Awesome!