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Thread LLC

Thread transforms trash in the poorest countries into jobs & useful stuff people love.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Other
  • Location Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2011
  • Employees 5
  • Website threadinternational.com

Company Summary

Thread transforms trash in the poorest communities into fabric, then sells it to apparel/accessories brands looking to improve their level of social/environmental impact. The process is transparent, authenticated from 'Ground to Good', & benefits brands who have lost money, customers, & reputation due to irresponsible sourcing. Thread is bringing in revenue, has moved 90MM bottles from the streets of Haiti & Honduras, & is supporting ~3000 jobs.


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    Ian A. Rosenberger
    CEO / Founder

    Ian founded Thread after journaling in the wake of the Port-au-Prince earthquake "If Haiti transforms trash into money=good". It is his second successful business. At Penn State, he was the 2004 Undergraduate Student Government President, & this year was recognized as one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40". He has spoken about Thread's work with the poor for TEDx & One Young World. In 2005 he placed 3rd on CBS Survivor: Palau. He is an Eagle Scout.

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    Lee Robert Kimball

    As COO of Thread, Lee merges his recent experience in strategic planning, finance, and marketing with his previous background running the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, working for a global health NGO, and consulting for a social/economic business incubator. He earned an MBA from UNC and a BS from Penn State, is one of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40, and speaks regularly about entrepreneurship, supply chain, and sustainability.


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    David Lehman, Partner, K&L Gates
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    VP, Strategy and Consumer Insights, Under Armour
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    Don Morrison
    Former CEO, American Eagle

Previous Investors

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    The Idea Foundry Incubator Fellowship ($50,000)
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    Institutional Investor ($400,000)
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    Individual Investors ($312,000)