In 2010, the eyewear industry got its long-awaited new player. Warby Parker entered the market with a simple offer: stylish Rx glasses, bought online, for a reasonable price.
Although this seems like a pretty obvious concept in 2018, the world of e-commerce was just starting its crazy growth in 2010. And the glasses, of all things, were not something that many people thought can buy online.
But thanks to a simple test system before buying, Warby Parker made this possible.
Flash Forward eight years, and Warby Parker has become a family name, with more than 50 stores across the United States and Canada, and more than 290 million dollars raised. The brand has evolved beyond a simple set of glasses to become an example for many startups, especially in the area of social good.
For every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker gives a pair to someone who needs glasses but who does not have access to them.
All that being said, we are obviously delighted that Warby Parker co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa is joining us on Disrupt SF
Gilboa helped Warby Parker move from a small ecommerce company to a major brand, and helped to evolve the company beyond an electronic trademark by providing test-takers. vision alongside the product.
At Disrupt SF, we'll discuss how Warby has expanded its presence in e-commerce, its offline retail approach to online sales, and what Warby Parker has to offer.
Gilboa joins other notable speakers such as Drew Houston, Priscilla Chan, Ashton Kutcher, Reid Hoffman, and many others.
Tickets for the conference, which runs from September 5 to September 7, are available here.