“Learn How To Enjoy Life While You Are Working” 5 Startup Tips With Sean Maslaton, CEO of Lipstick London
I had the pleasure of interviewing, Sean Maslaton the CEO of Lipstick London
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
I am European born, I served in the Israeli army & moved to the United States in 1989. I started manufacturing & importing camera lenses in 1999. Expanding into projectors in 2010. I am the current owner of Lipstick London, a high quality dress line for the 20–40 age set. I currently reside in New York.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
When photoshooting for our new dress line I tripped and banged heads with one of the models — was painful but hilarious.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
The dresses we design are young & contemporary. They are easy & fun to wear. And most of all they are affordable. It’s our mission to make every shopper feel beautiful and comfortable in what they’re wearing. Whether it’s at a party, the opera or a fancy dinner we want to make sure all eyes are on our girls.
Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?
We are working on the new Fall line & we look forward to sharing them with our customers.
What advice would you give to other CEOs or founders to help their employees to thrive?
Give your employees freedom & responsibility to use their imagination. Treat them as you would want to be treated yourself. And compliment them on a job well done. This will keep them motivated, loyal & happy to work you for.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
Growing up, my parents made sure that we had a strong education & were infused with confidence. Due to this I never felt that I couldn’t succeed.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I give to charities to help either specific individuals or organizations. I volunteer my time as well where needed.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became CEO” and why.
a. Learn how to deal with stress & what is your best release — a bike ride, a walk, deep breaths sitting at your desk, each person has a different way of taking the stress off & you must always find yours.
b. Learn how to have a good balance between family & work
c. Don’t let your emotions stop you from making the right decisions for your business
d. Learn how to enjoy life while you are working — enjoy what you do, or you won’t do it to the best of your abilities.
e. You should always go with your gut. Never allow someone to talk you into a big decision if you feel deep down that it is the wrong thing to do.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it. “ Estee Lauder
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this :-)
Bibi Netanyahu — I revere his intelligence and would love to pick his brain