- Zach Perret and William Hockey
- Jon Neman
- Andy Dunn
- Brian Spaly
- Jack Groetzinger
- Dave Gilboa
- Scott Cook
- Mark Vadon
- Mark Pincus
Zach Perret and William Hockey
Founders of Plaid, a fintech company that provides a platform for connecting users' bank accounts to various financial apps and services.
Plaid's innovative platform enabled developers to create financial apps and services that could securely access user's banking data.
Perret and Hockey grew Plaid through strategic partnerships with financial institutions, innovative product development, and a focus on user experience, eventually selling to Visa for $5.3 billion.
Perret and Hockey both worked at Bain for roughly a year before co-founding Plaid.
LinkedIn Profile (Zach Perret): https://www.linkedin.com/in/zach-perret/
LinkedIn Profile (William Hockey): https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamhockey/
Founder of sweetgreen, a fast-casual restaurant chain that specializes in healthy, locally-sourced salads and bowls.
sweetgreen disrupted the fast food industry by offering healthy and sustainable meal options, while creating a community-centered brand.
Neman grew sweetgreen through strategic partnerships, digital innovation, and a commitment to sustainability, eventually going public in 2021. As of March 2023, the company is worth just under $1 billion.
Neman spent just over a year at Bain after graduating from Georgetown University.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-neman/
Founder of Bonobos, an online clothing brand that offers well-fitting men's apparel.
Bonobos pioneered a new approach to men's fashion by offering clothing with a better fit than traditional off-the-rack options.
Dunn's company grew thanks to a strong online presence and a commitment to customer service, eventually selling to Walmart for $310 million.
Dunn spent three years at Bain after his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dunnandy/
Founder of Trunkclub, an online styling service that delivers personalized clothing selections to customers' homes.
Trunkclub's unique approach to e-commerce allowed customers to receive curated outfits selected by a personal stylist.
Spaly grew Trunkclub through partnerships and investments from major retailers, eventually selling to Nordstrom for $350 million.
Before launching Trunkclub, Spaly founded Bonobos with Andy Dunn.
Spaly worked at Bain for two years before working in private equity and attending Stanford Business School.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianspaly/
Founder of SeatGeek, a ticket search engine that aggregates listings from secondary market sellers. SeatGeek's innovative platform uses algorithms to suggest the best value tickets and provides a seamless purchasing experience for users.
Groetzinger grew SeatGeek through strategic partnerships with teams, venues, and other ticket providers, eventually reaching a valuation of over $1 billion.
Groetzinger spent less than a year Bain before founding Scribnia, a blogging webapp, and later founding SeatGeek.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-groetzinger/
Founder of Warby Parker, an eyewear brand that offers affordable, fashionable glasses and a socially-conscious business model.
Warby Parker revolutionized the eyewear industry by providing a direct-to-consumer model with a social mission to donate glasses to those in need.
Gilboa grew Warby Parker through innovative marketing, customer service, and a strong digital presence, eventually going public in 2021. As of March 2023, the compnany is worth close to $1.5 billion.
Gilboa spent three years at Bain before co-founding Warby Parker.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-gilboa/
Founder of Intuit, a financial software company that offers products such as QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint.
Intuit's innovative financial software products helped simplify accounting and tax preparation for small businesses and individuals.
Cook grew Intuit through innovative product development, strategic acquisitions, and a focus on customer service, eventually reaching a valuation of over $120 billion.
Cook started his career at Bain's Menlo Park office before co-founding Intuit.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottcookintuit/
Founder of Blue Nile, an online diamond and fine jewelry retailer.
Blue Nile disrupted the traditional jewelry industry by offering a transparent and convenient way to buy high-quality diamonds and jewelry online.
Vadon grew Blue Nile through digital innovation and strategic partnerships, eventually selling to Bain Capital and Bow Street for $500 million.
Vadon worked at Bain's San Francisco office for seven years before co-founding Blue Nile.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markvadon/
Founder of Zynga, a social gaming company that created popular games like FarmVille and Words with Friends.
Zynga was among the first to bring social gaming to the masses, offering free-to-play games that monetized through in-app purchases.
Pincus grew Zynga through strategic partnerships, acquisition of smaller game studios, and leveraging Facebook's social platform, eventually going public in 2011. As of March 2023, Zynga is worth $9.3 billion.
Pincus spent a summer as an associate at Bain while getting his Harvard MBA.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markpincus/