Today's Entrepreneur: Michael Won

Mitos Suson · October 7, 2015 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/4061

No. 1 Mistake: Underestimating the impact launching a startup has on one's family

Today's Entrepreneur is Michael Won, Co-founder at 8/omakase. 8/omakase is a made to measure clothing service for men. o·ma·ka·se is a term often used in sushi restaurants where the customer entrusts the chef to serve as he sees best. It's an incredible experience that allows for the customer to explore new tastes, gives the chef creative license to be brilliant, and relieves the burden of choice away from the novice and onto the expert. By becoming a member of 8/Omakase you are expanding and exploring your look with those who are dedicated to making you look and feel amazing. With your club membership they'll send you two packages a season, 8 per year along with a style guide and tips to empower your look. 

Won has two decades of experience inspiring people and organizations to do more, do better and create an environment where this becomes contagious. Most energized when repairing what is broken or improving what is inefficient.

Here's a little about Won:

I am a(n): Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded: 
8/omakase

Companies I work or worked for: 
8/omakase

If you are an entrepreneur, why? 
I want to change the world.

My favorite startups: 
Tesla, Bitcoin, Periscope

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make? 
Underestimating the impact launching a startup has on one's family.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. You're not above hard work. Stop flattering yourself. 
2. Get through giving. 
3. Talent in a large organization doesn't always translate to a startup business.

Full bio

I am most energized when I am given something that is broken or inefficient and creating a game plan to turn it into a winner.  I believe success is dependent on the people behind the product more than the product itself. My role as a leader is to increase drive and performance by tapping into the power of a higher purpose. 

I’ve spent over a decade helping companies successfully navigate the startup stage and propel into the growth/maturity stages. I’m energized by new ideas and am known to have a knack for envisioning “what could be.” 

What would my peers say about me? 

  • Knack for simplifying complex problems
  • Views life through a lens of Curiosity
  • Corny joke teller
  • Intellectual (they call it “Nerdy”) lifelong learner
  • Leader & Influencer
  • Critical thinker
  • Really, ridiculously good looking (maybe I made this one up)

 

8/omakase is one of the top eight of the competition who will compete live on stage at Splash LA on Oct. 15 at Loews Santa Monica Hotel. Register here
  


*Want to be included in our Today's Entrepreneur series? Email me: mitos@vator.tv.

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The Story:  

Men hate to shop.  When they do have to shop they are plagued with the burden of choice.  Which patterns are in style?  Which colors are on trend?  Which fit is best for me?  Straight leg, boot cut, tapered leg, skinny fit, extra trim fit, slim fit, trim fit, modern fit, regular fit, classic fit, traditional fit? 

To make things worse, standard sizing rarely offers the ideal fit.  Off-the-rack sizing is inconsistent from one brand to the next leading to a frustrating shopping experience. Let's not even go into the parking, crowds, and commute associated with shopping malls.

The only current alternative, when it comes to high fashion, is to go the tailored or bespoke route which the average Joe can't afford.

The Benefits:

8/Omakase members receive a gift experience consisting of 8 curated packages of custom tailored and on trend styles a year.  A $2500 value for $300 in quarterly dues.  

We delivers powerful first impressions when entering a boardroom and seductive winks when walking across a bar.  The proven benefits of tailored clothing ranges from increased self confidence to higher salaries.  We make accessible to the masses, what was formerly available to the upper class.  

Custom tailored styles, no hassle service, to your door.

The Concept:

8 - 8 curated, custom tailored packages per year

O·ma·ka·se - is a term often used in sushi restaurants where the customer entrusts the chef to serve as he sees best. It's an incredible experience that allows for the customer to explore new tastes, gives the chef creative license to be brilliant, and relieves the burden of choice away from the novice and onto the expert.

It's for the man who says - "You know what's on trend, you know my tailored measurements, I trust you, make it easy on me, go ahead and dress me."

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Michael Won

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Two decades of experience inspiring people and organizations to do more, do better and create an environment where this becomes contagious. Most energized when repairing what is broken or improving what is inefficient.