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Andrew Hunt

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Most well known as a co-founder of Warby Parker, fashionable online glasses retailer, Andrew Hunt graduated from Brown University with Bachelors degrees in History and Economics. After working as an investment banker at Cain Brothers, he took his first position in venture capital at SV Life Sciences, specializing in healthcare IT.

In 2008, Hunt met Warby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal, David Gilboa and Jeffrey Raider while pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After commiserating over a lost pair of glasses and the exorbitant expense of replacements, the foursome started working on a business plan for all class projects and took an entrepreneurship class as group. The men went through over 2,000 possible names in their quest to style the fledgling company as a fashion brand, rather than another discount glasses outlet. The final choice, Warby Parker, borrows names from characters found in Jack Keroac’s diaries. Launched in February 2010 with funds from the Wharton School’s Venture Initiation Program, Warby Parker opened to features in GQ and Vogue, leading the team to hit year one sales targets in less than a month. The company is able to sell products at $95 by designing glasses in-house and selling directly to consumers as well functioning almost completely online.

Warby Parker is 100% carbon neutral, a certified B Corporation and donates to VisionSpring for every pair of glasses purchased.

In 2010, Hunt left his active role at Warby Parker for Glenbrook Consumer Partners, a venture capital firm, where he focused on consumer Internet growth equity and acted independently as an angel investor.

By 2011, Warby Parker had shipped over 100,000 pairs of glasses and raised $56 million in venture funding. In May 2011, Hunt joined Highland Capital Partners as a Partner venture capitalist focusing on the Internet and digital media business sectors.

Companies and Investments

Highland Capital Partners (VC), SV Life Sciences (VC), Warby Parker (Co-Founder, Director), Cain Brothers (Investment Banker), Oyster (Investor), Bullhorn (Investor), Harry's (Investor), ALOHA (Board Member, Investor)

Lessons Learned

A start-up should seek to solve a problem you're having in your life; chances are that others are having that same problem and seeking a solution.

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Andrew Hunt's Quotes

Influential Books

Adam Braun - The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Jack Kerouac - The Dharma Bums

Juan Enriquez - As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth

Juan Enriquez - As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth

Mentors

Mother, David Bell

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