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Startup Grind New York City Hosts Dave Gilboa (cofounder of Warby Parker)

  • Oct 8, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • AOL


Dave Gilboa, cofounder of Warby Parker

Dave Gilboa is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative fashion brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. He has helped raised $55 million from SV Angel, Lere Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and First Round Capital. Prior to Warby Parker, Dave was an Associate at merchant bank Allen & Company and, earlier, worked at Bain & Company. He also served as Special Assistant to the Founder and CEO of the TriZetto Group, and has held strategy and business development roles at Genomic Health and Crescendo Bioscience. Dave has worked extensively with non-profit organizations, and serves as a founding member of the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to mobilizing graduates as entrepreneurs in low-cost cities. Born in Sweden and raised in San Diego, Dave graduated with a BS in Bioengineering with Honors from UC Berkeley and holds an MBA from Wharton Business School.




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Brian Park, Director of Startup Grind New York City

Over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services.  Has started three previous startups, including one that had $17 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @brianbpark

Hosted By Khari Parson, Community Manager of Startup Grind New York City

Khari is a founder of tech and brick and mortar companies and a lawyer with a background in corporate law and business planning and strategic development for start-up companies.
Email: [masked]

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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Michael I.

    My first Startup Grind meetup, definitely worth being a VIP member.

    Who did the video for the meetup?
    He was a very nice fellow, taught me much about DSLR audio interfaces from Beachtek. I would like to get his contact info, maybe have him do a video for iVerit.

    Also, I had never been to a meetup that had a "value add" service!
    To have the team from Overture was such a terrific idea! I look forward to receiving the URL for my video. I may hire them for a product video, too.

    Finally, I am very grateful for the final round of "Shoutouts." The FinTech meetup group used to have a go-around the room, but became too large to accommodate them. Having a volunteer-basis shout-out enabled me to meet interested individuals I would not otherwise get to meet.


    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Michael Mordechai C.

    Hi all,
    We are creating a CEO round table which would take place once a month in Five Boros for Tech CEO's to get together around a table and schmooze yet more importantly share ideas and get feedback from one another.

    We are limiting the amount of people so it can be effective yet once successful we plan on having multiple different groups.

    If your interested and find this concept to be something you can benefit from, then please email me for nitty gritty details.

    Thanks and a pleasure meeting you all!

    All the best,
    Michael (Mordechai) Clapman
    Founder & CEO [masked]
    [masked] Have you entered our launch sweepstakes yet? Win free Starbucks coffee every day for a year!

    October 8, 2013

    • Binta Niambi B.

      Michael, I would be very interested in this. I am not a tech CEO, however I advise CEOs pretty much exclusively. BNB

      October 8, 2013

    • Michael Mordechai C.

      Email me please explaining

      October 8, 2013

  • Dennis C.

    I will be blogging about this meetup for Office Lease Center. If you need office space, let me know.

    October 8, 2013

  • Jennifer C.

    Last-minute deadline, won't be able to join you... hope you have a great event.

    October 8, 2013

  • Emil

    Hi guys, Just a reminder to purchase your ticket for tomorrow's event if you haven't already. Tickets can be purchased via the link above or here:

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

    October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member


      Would it be possible to get a refund? It'll be a late night at the office tonight I can forward my order number to you

      October 8, 2013

  • Simon Sikorski M.

    Who's here in healthcare industry? My organization is building a healthcare innovation network. Let's connect.

    October 7, 2013

    • Holly J.

      Have you connected with Unity Stoakes of Organized Wisdom and Startup Health? Happy to discuss further at Startup Grind tomorrow.

      October 7, 2013

  • S removed the location. It was AOL Ventures

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody.

    First at all congratulation Dave Gilboa for making this world a better place. Your success goes beyond a financial success and that's what I love about Warby Parker.

    Thank you Brian & Khary for creating this event.

    I am Kamel, founder of Style and the City, one of the most famous street style blog in the world and one of the most loved fashion discovery app too.
    I am leaving the stagnant city of Paris to move in New York in order to meet innovative, talented and inspiring people, doers, hustlers that want to make a difference. I hope to meet my futur tech partners too.

    For those who like challenges, download Style and the City app and try to guess how I will make it happen.

    App :
    Blog :

    I can't wait to meet you all

    Best and see you soon

    Kamel Lahmadi
    Style and the City
    "Have dreams but don't forget to achieve them"

    August 21, 2013

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