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Jonathan Coon

Jonathan Coon started 1-800 CONTACTS in 1992 in his dorm room with $50. The company was sold in June 2012 for $900 million. A few highlights of those 20 years: Public CEO from 1998 to 2007 Had to get federal law passed to give Americans a right to their contact lens prescriptions. - Lost in 19 of the 22 state capitols where they attempted to change the law - Personally invested over 300 days in DC over 5 years - The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act passed as a stand-alone act through the House and Senate and became law in 2004. Had to sue Johnson and Johnson to compel them to sell to 1-800 CONTACTS (big anti-trust case). Made a movie with his younger brother called Napoleon Dynamite. Married 24 years. Jonathan's favorite quote - "The difficult we do now. The impossible takes a little bit longer." - US Army Corps of Engineers.