Mike Malloy – Building A Successful Business Around Sunglasses

Interview with Mike Malloy of Waveborn!

(Interview further down the page) 


Early this week I spoke to Mike Malloy, a young entrepreneur in the USA who is the CEO at Waveborn, a socially responsible company selling sunglasses. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Waveborn donates a pair of prescription reading glasses or funds a portion of a sight restoring cataract surgery through their charity partners, Unite for Sight and SEE International. 


Waveborn has seen incredible growth under Malloy’s guidance over the past four years after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013 and expansion into surf shops, eye doctor’s offices, and fashion boutiques across the country. Mike can now go anywhere in the world where it is sunny and call it a “business trip”. (I think that’s the kind of life everyone wants…. well, I definitely do!)


In this interview we talk about many things to do with Waveborn and how Mike has managed to grow this business as a young entrepreneur, even though he stumbled into the business world!


We discuss:

  • The story of how Mike Malloy got involved with Waveborn

  • The importance of hustling from 7pm-2am

  • Some failures/setbacks I have had and what I learned from them

  • Word of mouth marketing and the importance of storytelling

  • The details of how Waveborn raised $10k in < 36 hours last year via Indigogo


Catch the interview here & let me know what you think!



You can connect with Mike here!


Website – www.waveborn.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/waveborn

Twitter – www.twitter.com/waveborn


Here’s a little extra info on Mike:


Mike  grew up in Millersville, MD where he attended Archbishop Spalding High School. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Mathematics from Boston College. After college, Mike moved to Washington, DC to work for Deloitte Consulting in their federal technology practice.


He spent four years with the firm and went to grad school part-time to get his masters in computer science and play ultimate frisbee at Georgetown University. Deloitte was very supportive of his continued education while spending three years on an FDIC project dealing with failed bank closures.Malloy graduated from Georgetown with his M.S. in Computer Science (and a 3rd place finish at College Regionals) in May 2012, and he promptly quit his job at Deloitte in June to move to Dewey Beach, DE to sell sunglasses for Waveborn.



Hope you enjoyed the interview. Let me know in the comments below!



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Author: John Whiting

21. Entrepreneur. Host of Outta The Box TV

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