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 nonprofit 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. He 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 and CEO of Rockets of Awesome, and their two children.



All too often in the tech community there is talk about growth at the expense of everything else. It's not intelligent to grow in the short term at the expense of your long term potential. Neil argues there should be a focus on how to grow fast and smart while maintaining great customer experiences. And as he's seen through the evolution of his business, Warby Parker, the threshold for viability is much higher than we think. Neil uses Warby Parker's development and growth story as the model to walk audiences through building their own organization.


Learn what it takes to start a brand with a social mission. Neil reveals how to identify a problem you want to solve, craft a brand's architecture and story, and launch your vision for the greater good. Whether you're curious how businesses begin, eager to build a brand of your own, or already in business, you'll gain the clarity and insight to start making a difference. 




Cause marketing has become the strategy du jour. What differentiates Neil and Warby Parker from other cause marketers? It’s coming from personal experience and authenticity.
— Jordan Kassalow, Founder of VisionSpring