Maria Shireen® is the maker of the original hair tie bracelet.
1.What/who inspired you to start your company?
I had a successful career spanning nearly 10 years as a medical device design engineer and product marketer and Big 3 business consultant solving incentive compensation problems for big brands. After running $50+ product P&Ls and working with large companies like Accenture, Össur and CareFusion, I wanted to do more, and have more independence in my professional endeavors. With the goal of tapping more into my creative side and merging that with my design and engineering ‘fix problems’ bias to help others; I decided to take a deep dive into co-founding and running a startup accessories company.
2.Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like?
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and my childhood was very much the childhood of an 80s kid! Which is delightful and what I would wish for my son. I think anyone born in the early 80s knows the feeling of an analog childhood but digital adulthood but would love to go back to simpler times :)
3. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
It is a toss up between being able to time travel and have healing power.
4. Are you working on any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
In 2018, Maria Shireen will enter the wearable tech market with the launch of its first patented digital accessory line, fit by Maria Shireen, stylish fitbit compatible gold and silver cuffs which simultaneously hold up to two hair ties.
5. What are your goals with the company?
We want to redefine versatile accessories for every occasion and design solutions for everyday life that complement an individual’s personal style and interest. Additionally Maria Shireen is actively involved in a number of social good initiatives through its CHARITY TIES™ program which supports non-profits like Bright Pink and the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH). We want to continue this work with supporting women's health issues.
FEMALE FOUNDERS GIVEAWAY ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER AND FACEBOOK THIS FRIDAY WILL FEATURE A BRACELET BY MARIA SHIREEN.