Posted by Willy Franzen on April 12, 2011. Jobs updated daily.
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When I was growing up, getting glasses was a death sentence–a one way ticket to nerd-dom. Every kid dreaded the day that the school nurse conducted eye tests. Luckily, my eyes didn’t go bad until my Junior year of high school, so I pretty much went straight to contact lenses. Now it seems that people want eyeglasses, even if they have perfect eyesight. Instead of trying to downplay the fact that they’re wearing glasses, people are buying stylish frames that make a statement. The problem is that glasses are expensive and kind of a pain in the butt to buy. Warby Parker is a New York, NY based company that is trying to change that. As they put it, “by circumventing traditional channels and engaging with our customers directly through our website, Warby Parker is able to provide higher-quality, better looking prescription eyewear for under $100.”
What’s really cool about Warby Parker is that they’ve taken a page of out the TOMS Shoes playbook. For every pair of glasses that Warby Parker sells, they deliver another pair for someone in need. (I think that this is actually a subversive ploy to spread hipsterdom.) It’s really a simple business. Make great glasses, and keep them cheap by selling them directly online. If you’re dying for more info, you can read up on How Warby Parker Does It along with info on their Design, Materials and Assembly. The only kink in the model is that most people want to try a few pairs of glasses on before they buy them. Warby Parker has this figured out with their Home Try-On Program–you get 5 pairs in the mail and you send back the ones you don’t like (with free shipping both ways). If you like what you see through Warby Parker’s lenses, then you’ll want to consider a job with them. They don’t have a Careers page, but they have a few positions posted on Startuply including Retail Associate and Operations Associate (they also reached out to us to tell us about their exciting growth and plans to hire new grads). Both look like great opportunities for new or recent grads, so give them a good look.
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