Warby Parker’s Future So Bright It Raises $37 Million to Sell More Shades

Warby Parker, which aims to build a trendy brand selling eyeglasses, has raised $36.8 million in venture capital, according to a regulatory filing. The filing was first noticed by Fortune, which reports that General Catalyst Partners appears to have led the round. Warby Parker previously raised about $12 million from Tiger Global Management, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, Menlo Ventures and Thrive Capital. The round, which is expected to close later this year, could increase to as much as $40 million.


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