Welcome to the 126th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s editor Jim Ledbetter.

This week, Warby Parker cofounders Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa come into the studio to talk about how the company is growing up, embracing physical retail, and disrupting opthamologists. Ledbetter and Inc.'s executive director of editorial Jon Fine interviews Blumenthal and Gilboa and find out how Warby Parker is much more than an eyeglasses manufacturer as the company launched an app that allows users to take eye exams at home.

Staff reporter Zoë Henry takes a look at Amazon's acquisition history and finds out that the company's acquisition of Whole Foods and plan to launch a meal kit could've been predicted since 1999. Before the millennium and well before launching Amazon Fresh, the company invested in Homegrocer.com--which was then sold to the ill-fated Webvan Group. Henry talks about how Amazon has been making bets on the food delivery space for almost two decades. Henry also predicts what could be next in Amazon's future: pharmaceuticals. In 1998, the company acquired Drugstore.com.

Staff writer Will Yakowicz talks about how solar eclipse mania has become a full-blown industry in America as millions of people plan to travel to 12 states to watch the celestial event on Aug. 21. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and town governments in small rural towns in the eclipse's path are capitalizing on the flood of tourists by hosting festivals and launching new businesses.

As always, you can listen to individual episodes of the Inc. Uncensored podcast on the Panoply network or on Apple Podcasts, where you can also subscribe.

Published on: Jul 21, 2017