Warby Parker Co-Founder On the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurship

Warby Parker Co-Founder On the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurship.

CATHERINE CLIFFORD

 

ENTREPRENEUR STAFF

As co-founder of eyewear startup Warby Parker, Neil Blumenthal is focused on getting the world to see more clearly. He also has a clear goal for the next generation of social entrepreneurs: he wants to see them fix government.

It may feel incongruous to direct entrepreneurs to the centers of regulation and bureaucratic quagmire, but that’s precisely the point. Imagine if a swarm of Neil Blumenthals did for governments around the world what Neil Blumenthal has done for the eyeglasses industry. The company he built, after all, sells glasses for $95 a pair, a fraction of the price of other stylish eyewear brands. And through its buy-one-give-one model, it has given more than 1 million pairs of eyeglasses to low-income people in need. It’s also rumored to be the next billion-dollar startup.

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