Warby Parker Returns To Philly

Warby Parker glasses at the new Philly store

Last night, we were delighted to attend the opening party celebrating Warby Parker‘s Philadelphia retail store (1523 Walnut Street; opening to the public on Saturday, January 28). Warby Parker got its start right here at Wharton, when four MBA students got together over a beer and started to wonder why glasses were so expensive. We’re proud to say that Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship helped them every step of the way.

We’re thrilled that Philly has its very own retail store–although we reminded cofounders Neil Blumenthal WG’10 and Dave Gilboa WG’10 that this is in fact their second retail location in Philadelphia. The first was Neil’s apartment at 20th and Walnut.

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The Wharton Network At Its Best

By Clare Leinweber, Managing Director of Wharton Entrepreneurship

In early January 2005, Josh Kopelman W’93, Founder of half.com and First Round, was spending the day as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Wharton Entrepreneurship, meeting one-on-one with Penn student entrepreneurs for 30 minutes each.

Josh Kopelman W’93 with his Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award.

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