Our guests are Ben and Laura Harrison, Co-Founders of Jonas Paul Eyewear, a socially responsible provider of glasses for kids and teens.
In this episode, we learn that the Harrisons already had two design-oriented startups underway when their son Jonas Paul was born with Peter’s Anomaly, a rare disorder that causes blindness.
Their journey with Jonas Paul through his twenty-one surgeries introduced them to new communities and new challenges. They decided to start the company to provide reasonably priced, stylish glasses to kids and teens, and they direct a portion of each sale to prevent childhood blindness around the world.
Ben, Laura, and Andy discuss the testing and refining of their faith through the birth and early childhood of Jonas Paul (and the company); the magic of little sisters; childhood bullying; and the joyful burden of starting something that provides a living for others.
Learn more about their venture and its origin story at jonaspauleyewear.com.
About The GuestS
Ben Harrison is the Founder, CEO and Lead Designer of Jonas Paul Eyewear, a children’s eyeglasses provider named for his son, Jonas. Ben’s background is in photography and web development and design and has extensive entrepreneurial experience having co-founded four companies previously. Ben has served in numerous humanitarian projects both domestic and international and currently serves on the board of Cornerstone Trust with his wife, Laura.
Laura Harrison is the COO of Jonas Paul Eyewear. Before the founding of Jonas Paul Eyewear, Laura obtained a diverse set of entrepreneurial skills as the co-founder of four businesses with her husband, Ben. Laura is most thankful for having been given the opportunity to make a broad social impact through Jonas Paul Eyewear while, at the same time, making kids all over the world look incredibly dapper.
The Redemptive Edge is hosted by Andy Crouch and features active members of the Praxis community. Produced by Mary Elizabeth Goodell and Scott Kauffmann of Praxis, with Mike Cosper, Mark Owens, Scott Slucher, and the team at Narrativo. Music by Eric Kinny.