Need more? Try out  Advanced Search (20+ criteria)»

logo

Last Update

This profile was last updated on 6/12/2017 and contains contributions from the  Zoominfo Community.

is this you? Claim your profile.

Wrong Neil Blumenthal?

Neil Blumenthal

Director

VisionSpring

HQ Phone:  (212) 375-2599

Email: n***@***.org

GET ZOOMINFO GROW

+ Get 10 Free Contacts a Month

Please agree to the terms and conditions.

I agree to the  Terms of Service and  Privacy Policy. I understand that I will receive a subscription to ZoomInfo Grow at no charge in exchange for downloading and installing the ZoomInfo Contact Contributor utility which, among other features, involves sharing my business contacts as well as headers and signature blocks from emails that I receive.

THANK YOU FOR DOWNLOADING!

computers
  • 1.Download
    ZoomInfo Grow
    v sign
  • 2.Run Installation
    Wizard
  • 3.Check your inbox to
    Sign in to ZoomInfo Grow

I agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand that I will receive a subscription to ZoomInfo Community Edition at no charge in exchange for downloading and installing the ZoomInfo Contact Contributor utility which, among other features, involves sharing my business contacts as well as headers and signature blocks from emails that I receive.

VisionSpring

505 8Th Avenue Suite 12A-07

New York City, New York,10018

United States

Company Description

VisionSpring's mission is to ensure affordable access to eyewear, everywhere. For many in the developing world, the lack of access to affordable eyeglasses leads to the unnecessary loss of educational and employment opportunities. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Jordan...more

Background Information

Employment History

Summer Associate

McKinsey & Company


Affiliations

Warby Parker

Co-Founders


RxArt Inc

Board Member


Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Social Enterprise Fellow and A Leadership Fellow


Natalia , Inc.

Special Advisor


NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service

Fellow for Emerging Leaders In Public Service


Pencils of Promise

Advisory Board Member


Tommy Hilfiger Corporation

Cofounder


Toasting Success With Warby Parker

Co-Founder


Wendr LLC

Co-Founder


Education

Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution


BA

International Relations and History

Tufts University


MBA

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


MBA

Tufts University


MBA

Wharton School of Business


MBA

Business Development

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School


MBAs

Wharton School


Web References(186 Total References)


Day 64 | Kern and Burn

www.kernandburn.com [cached]

- Neil Blumenthal
In fact, we felt cool just talking to co-founder Neil Blumenthal. Neil is the former director of VisionSpring, a non-profit that works to bring vision to people without access to glasses. For 5 years, he dedicated himself to helping people who made less than $4 a day, and learned about the eyewear industry. We asked him what he gained from his experience at VisionSpring that helped shape Warby Parker. He told us, "I learned a lot about the manufacturing process. I learned that glasses aren't that expensive to produce, even good quality ones, and I developed relationships with suppliers that we could then use at Warby Parker." He called it serendipitous that he met Jeffrey Raider, Andrew Hunt, and David Gilboa at The Wharton School in Philadelphia. When the fashion-forward friends realized that they were collectively complaining about the high price of glasses, they decided to do something about it. Neil said, "We saw this great opportunity to build a brand that reflects who we are, and answers or corrects the problems that we experienced. Neil told us, "At the end of the day, we wanted to build a company that made us excited to come to work to every day, and we wanted to have a positive impact. That's where the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program came from. It was part of our DNA from day one and just something that personally motivated us. We have a history of doing good in the world. This is something that is near and dear to our hearts, and it makes sense." While they haven't been properly trained as designers, Neil told us, "We each have pretty distinct design sensibilities. Neil said, "When we thought about how we would want to buy glasses online, we knew that we wouldn't want to pay shipping, we would want the ability to return products, and we would want the ability to try-on. So we created the Home Try-On program. One of Warby Parker's mantras is: "treat others the way you want to be treated. Based on the company's enthusiastic support from their 61,000+ followers on Facebook, the mantra has paid off. We closed our interview by talking about leadership, business, and design. We'll delve further into our conversation in the book, but we'll leave you with one more thought from Neil. He said, "The best business people and managers understand design, and the best designers understand business and management.


Culture | Warby Parker

www.warbyparker.com [cached]

Neil Blumenthal
As the former director of non-profit VisionSpring, Neil spent the better part of five years distributing glasses to people living on less than $4 per day. A native of New York City, Neil is a Leo and enjoys long walks in the park. With Neil, he is co-CEO of Warby Parker.


TMA Speakers | Talk NYC

www.talkforumnyc.com [cached]

Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder, Warby Parker
Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder, Warby Parker Neil Blumenthal Determined to radically transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com) in February of 2010. Warby Parker designs and sells vintage-inspired frames and prescription lenses for $95 whereas comparable quality glasses cost $500. For every pair sold, a pair is given to someone in need. To date, Warby Parker has distributed over 100,000 pairs to those in need around the world. Neil had been the Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4


TEAM + ADVISORS | NATALIA ALLEN

www.NATALIAALLEN.COM [cached]

NEIL BLUMENTHAL
Special Advisor Neil Blumenthal is one of the founders of a transformative eyewear brand that retails frames and prescription lenses for $95, a fraction of the cost of comparable glasses. And, for every pair sold, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need in the US or the developing world. Neil is currently in his second year in the MBA program at The Wharton School where he is a 2009-2010 Leadership Fellow and 2009-2010 Social Enterprise Fellow. Prior to Wharton, Neil led a non-profit social enterprise that sells affordable eyeglasses to underprivileged individuals in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. 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. In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. Prior to joining VisionSpring, he worked with the International Crisis Group and attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague, Netherlands. Neil received his BA in International Relations and History from Tufts University. Neil is married to fashion jewelry designer Rachel Leigh.


www.nycventurefellows.org

Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker)
Determined to radically transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com). Warby Parker designs and sells vintage-inspired frames and prescription lenses for $95 whereas comparable quality glasses cost $500. And, for every pair sold, a pair is given to someone in need. Prior to Warby Parker, Neil was the Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. 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. In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at the NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. Prior to joining VisionSpring, he worked with the International Crisis Group and attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague, Netherlands. Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a Social Enterprise Fellow and a Leadership Fellow. Neil, his wife, jewelry designer Rachel Leigh, and his son Griffin, live in NYC.


Similar Profiles

city

Browse ZoomInfo's Business
Contact Directory by City

city

Browse ZoomInfo's
Business People Directory

city

Browse ZoomInfo's
Advanced Company Directory