Meet Honest Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer  Sean Kane

As a father, why do love working at Honest?

Each day when I kiss my son and daughter goodbye, I know my next stop is creating a safer world for them. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not completely energized knowing the impact we’re having. I truly relish working alongside my Honest family that is comprised of amazing and talented people all marching towards the same goal. We’re very mission based here – and all doing our best to create a safer, better world for children and families. At the end of each day, I spend a few minutes reading our Facebook posts, e-mails, and customer comments – real comments about the good we’re doing – all sincere notes from mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and anyone you could think of – that make each and every day even more valuable than the last.

What is your favorite Honest product?

My new favorite product is the Prenatal vitamins (yes, I’ve taken them!). They taste great and make me feel like I’m getting a full dose of food-based organic goodness. (My wife also happens to be an even bigger fan of them.) It is extremely hard to choose, though. My favorite last week was our new Juniper Sage bar soap. My favorite on June 17th will be our new super minty natural toothpaste. And I can’t wait to put our new Daredevil Diaper on my son Kaden — his 14-month-old shenanigans will be sure to make those diapers proud (if everything goes right we’ll start shipping on the week of June 10th!). Our product team does an outstanding job of releasing new products what feels like every week. They, like the rest of our team, drive this business through their passion, sweat, and attention to detail.

What is you most memorable Honest moment?

This one’s tough…I have new ones everyday. Yesterday, it was watching Christopher (another founder) lather up Andrew’s (from Honest Support) hair while we took a thank you picture to send to our good friends at Costco. It was hilarious! Of course, I’ll always remember loading our first full truck of shipments alongside our dedicated fulfillment team. It was late in the night in our first week, and I hadn’t slept in nearly four days (I hadn’t changed my clothes in almost the same amount of time). It was an amazing start to what has been an unbelievable journey. Big thanks to everyone at Honest and everyone who believes in us for taking this journey with me.

What is your favorite parenting memory?

Impossible to choose! My daughter’s first day at soccer, my son’s first (homemade) popsicle, both of them under age 4 better able to navigate an iPad than I am…. Most recently, it was when my daughter said, “Come on Dude” — where did she get that? We also had a massive Easter Egg hunt — there’s nothing like seeing 50 kids canvas my backyard in search of hidden treasure sheathed in colorful not-so-natural eggs. And, of course, I’ll never forget parasailing with Kyla — the daredevil diapers would have been perfect for her too.

If you weren’t at work, what would you be doing?

Seriously?! Of course, I’d be thinking about work (or sending a midnight e-mail – sorry everyone)! Big thanks to my sweetheart and biggest fan, my wife Tabitha, for her unwavering love and support of both Honest and me. How did I get so lucky?

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  • Meg

    Finally! Toothpaste So glad I read this so I can push back my bundle a week to get it!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Thanks for making us smile, Meg! We’re excited that you’re excited about our upcoming toothpaste. And, of course, we appreciate your participation in our blog community. Please stop by again!

  • Graciele_Gra

    I really like this part of the Blog, where we get to meet everyone inside of the Company. I’m getting repetitive, but I can’t wait to have Honest here in Brazil! :)

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Thanks so much for the continued support, Graciele! We appreciate it. Let us know who’d you like to meet next.

  • http://bfellicious.wordpress.com/ Felien Geldhof

    I love The Honest Team! Just like Graciele said, it’s great to get to know the team better. Would be great to know more of Sarah (responsible for the blogs), April, Janine J and of course Christopher :) Congrats with what you’ve achieved so far! It’s amazing!!

  • MB

    Curious – are you the one going after Honest Toddler for so-called trademark infringement? Or is that not the decision of the COO? I’m curious to read how a company called “honest” is so stealthy and petty that they would actually go after a mommy blogger who’s been using the name Honest Toddler for many years…and not only go after her but after a producer who wanted to work with her on a series.

    Talk about trying to clobber someone’s dreams. This is a parent. A funny and intelligent parent. Who is now in hell because someone…perhaps you, Mr Kane…feels threatened by this Canadian blogger who wrote a great little book and is finally getting some attention.

    Makes me sad.

  • Schaar

    Hi Sean,

    I am recently a new mom to a beautiful baby girl. I love all the honest company products and more importantly what the company stands for. As a new breastfeeding mom I came up with a new idea that I think your company could really sell. I would love to talk to you about my idea and see what your thoughts are. I hope to hear from you soon!

  • http://www.myc.com Olivia Riddell

    I have been a Honest Company client for almost a year and I love the products. I love them so much, and what you, as a company say you stand for, that I contacted your company about a possible gift and/or sponsorship for my own International Company, Music for Young Children, International conference that is happening in July 2015.
    The first time I contacted your company, I emailed your marketing department, with detailed and personal message. No response. I then followed up (2 months after waiting as I know you are busy), on the partnership side of things. Connected with Eugene, sent him my information and was turned down – with no reason – just that “you” were sorry, but couldn’t support this “amazing” opportunity. If it is so “amazing”, then why is it that you can’t even send a gift basket?
    Here are some stats that you may want to know about my company and why I thought both my teachers (and their families) would appreciate knowing more about The Honest Company:
    – Music for Young Children started in 1980 by my mother who wanted the best music education and foundation for her children
    – We have taught over 400,000 children in the last 34 years
    – 99% of our teachers are women, but most importantly, they are people who care about the future of our children
    – we are international – Canada, US, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea and New Zealand
    – Our method engages children in the four learning styles – giving them a chance to learn and understand music concepts organically – as well as in a structured environment.
    – There are over 200 delegates (from all our countries) that are going to attend this conference.
    I have read your mission and what you stand for over and over again – and each time, I get more and more frustrated, as although I am sure you are asked for partnerships, donations and sponsorship opportunities on a daily basis – and we are all busy – take mind that by not taking the time to really absorb each request and where it can help you and others will eventually affect your business.

    • http://www.honest.com/ Honest

      Thank you for thinking of us here at The Honest Company, Olivia! We are truly touched that you would think of us. While we certainly wish we could donate to each request we receive, as a young company, we simply do not have the resources to do so.

      We apologize for any delay in response on our end. We do examine each request as it’s presented to us, and we promise we’re actively working to better coordinate our efforts so we can respond to more individuals and in a more consistent manner.

      We do have a new team responsible for all of our social goodness efforts, so please send your updated request to socialgoodness@thehonestcompany.com so that your information will reach the appropriate parties. Someone will be in touch if we’re able to help. Please know, we truly value every member of our community, and we do want to help when we can. We hope our more coordinated efforts will allow us to do so moving forward.

      • http://www.myc.com Olivia Riddell

        Thank you for taking the time to respond and reply to my post. It is appreciated and I will contact your social goodness department. Although I do understand what it is like to be a young company (we were young once too), as you know it is through building meaningful – and perhaps not so obvious – business relationships that help secure a sustainable business.