Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early to allow time for registration and grabbing lunch. The presentation will begin promptly at 12:00 PM.
What to Expect:
As one of DC's leading tech companies and coolest places to work, come learn about our approach to problem-solving, our culture, and what it takes for an ambitious start-up to firm up a roadmap to becoming a multi-billion dollar company. We'll be sharing how Optoro use Design Thinking across the organization to help solve the big problem around waste in retail returns.
The talk will consist of an open discussion (20-30 minutes) followed by a general discussion.
Optoro is using innovative technology to solve a large and growing global problem. Every year, over 15% of inventory is returned or deemed excess, costing retailers $500 billion nationwide. Our mission is to make retail more sustainable by eliminating all waste from returns. We want to connect returned and excess goods to their next best home in a way that makes the most sense for the buyer, the seller, and the planet. Working with some of the largest retailers in the US, Optoro’s software platform has enabled its clients to maximize recovery costs by 50 - 200%.
Founded in 2010, Optoro has been named one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Optoro has also received many awards and accolades, including CNBC’s Disruptor 50, EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy Award, Most recently, Optoro was named a "Top Workplace" in DC by The Washington Post.
Location and Metro
Office Location: 1001 G Street NW, 12th floor (main entrance on 11th Street)
Metro: Metro Center (take the 11th and G exit, which will take you straight into the building) or Chinatown (exit to 9th and G, walk two blocks down G St. and turn right on 11th)
Enter the building and look for the Washington Center Offices. Check in with security and take the elevator to the 12th floor. Follow the signs to DC Design Week Creative Lunch.