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David Bolotsky


Founder and CEO
UncommonGoods, LLC
After graduating from Binghamton University, where Dave managed the school's record store, he spent twelve years as a retail research analyst for Goldman, Sachs & Co. In 1999, Dave founded UncommonGoods ( in 1999, a pioneering website in the field of independent design.

Dave led UncommonGoods to become a founding B Corp ( in 2007, reflecting his focus on delivering a positive social and environmental impact, in addition to generating profits. The company is independently owned and has taken a “slow money” approach to its business; it has grown gradually, provides stock options to all 200+ year-round team members, runs the business (including warehouse and call center) under one roof in Sunset Park and pays a starting wage of $15 for seasonal workers (year-round workers earn more). These practices contributed to UncommonGoods being named a 2018 Forbes Small Giant.

Dave has been actively involved in the successful legislation to provide New Yorkers with Paid Family Leave and a higher minimum wage.

Dave is a 3rd generation Lower East Sider, where he lives with his wife and two sons. He leads a volunteer group driving community engagement in the restoration of a neighborhood park ( Dave also helped found Comprehensive Development (, Inc., a non-profit that supports economically disadvantaged students at three NYC public high schools.

Dave lives with his wife and two sons on the Lower East Side (in his grandparents’ old apartment), where he’s helped create a neighborhood composting project and is working to restore a local park ( Dave also helped start Comprehensive Development (, Inc., a non-profit that works with three NYC public high schools to provide tutoring, legal and medical advice, job placement, and homelessness prevention.

Speaking in:

Thursday Sep 13
11:30 - 12:00 PM
Room 2203, Venetian-Sands Expo
What challenges are men facing in retail and tech right now? What advice can we offer male leaders on how to mentor women in light of new research that finds 1 in 6 men are uncomfortable mentoring women after the #MeToo movement? In this panel,... Read more