So, what do you get when you mash up leading edge 3D body scanning technology, custom menswear, superior service, and a 6’3” former water polo playing Harvard MBA grad – well, you get a Founder & CEO named Jamal Motlagh who is looking to change the way men buy clothes. In this interview, Jamal humbly shares the ups and downs of becoming a CEO and he makes some great points about how to manage day-to-day operations while simultaneously working on the business through a process of planning and strategizing for the future.
Name: Jamal Motlagh, CEO & Co-Founder
Company: Acustom Apparel
Powerful Promise of Value: Acustom Apparel is a revolutionary new way to build your wardrobe. Using their digital measuring technologies, they gather 200,000 data points to create your 3D body model. These measurements (along with your fit preferences) are fed into their proprietary Digital Bespoke algorithms to create clothing from shirts and jeans to suits and blazers.
Not only is everything custom-fitted to you, but you help in the design process. Choose the shirt collar and cuff you like. You like that blue suit but want peak lapels instead of notch? No problem. Add a pop stitch color. Make it yours! They will even put your name in it!
Headquartered In: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Significant Difference Between (Co) Founder & CEO: “…CEO also probably means that you have employees working for you and some of the great things about having employees work for you is you get to not do all of the nitty gritty, which in the beginning is fun and then becomes kind of tiresome obviously and you have so many things on your plate you have to prioritize…”
Blind Spot: “…for me…its an awareness of the reality of the situation at hand…I am probably like most entrepreneurs a forward looking kind of guy…glass is half full, like what can this really be if we do it right kind of guy and that has to battle with…what do I have to do today and what do I have to do tomorrow to keep this thing open and successful…living in full reality…”
Favorite Resource for Productivity: Keeping lists and staying on those lists and sorting time properly (Todd interpretation: like batching)
Favorite Resource that helps with the Founder to CEO role shift: The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs (David Kidder)
Contact: acustom.com, 330 West Broadway – New York, NY 10013