Raj Daniels is an experienced business consultant. He has been involved in business ventures across several verticals as either a consultant, owner, investor, or advisor. He has a personal passion for strategy and vision building that has allowed him to lead successful strategic initiatives for both profit and non-profit organizations.
Raj’s is the former CEO & VP of Enthusiasm of OpenTime, a company he founded whose mission is to create a more meaningful human experience by helping people spend more time with other people in person. Raj is also an evangelist and community builder for the Dallas startup ecosystem.
Raj is a firm believer in contributing back to society. He has given back by conducting personal growth seminars for teens, mentoring MBA students and participating in entrepreneur camps. He has also served on the board of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Raj received a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business and International Studies from the University of North Texas. He has an MBA in Global Leadership. He is a husband and the father of three girls.
A story Raj loves
A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up.
After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation. The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up. After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.
The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well. What was left was a group of five monkeys that – without ever having received a cold shower – continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder. If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be “I don’t know. It’s just how things are done around here.”
Raj Daniels Show Notes
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What did you do before you became a maturepreneur?
You didn’t do anything between that?
Do you think that helped you do what you are doing now?
When you discovered the people being different ages in the entrepreneurial scene, what was the percentage of older and younger?
What is your business now?
Can you talk a little about the scheduling part of it?
Do you find that a lot of the people using your service are businesses or do you think it is just the normal person scheduling time with their friends?
Is this a paid subscription service?
So a business would pay for this?
But you do have individuals like myself that need a scheduler that would join up with your service?
When did you launch this?
Have you seen a lot of growth?
Once you started your business, what is the most successful idea that you implemented for it?
Do you have a programming background or did you have to hire people to do that for you?
What was your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
Do you reach out to these individuals or is it someone that has reached out to you?
Do you still do strategy consulting?
What gave you the courage to start the company OpenTime?
Is there anything wish you could do differently or wish you had done differently?
Do you have any mentors that you model or is it basically your family since they were entrepreneurs?
What is the most important advice you’ve ever gotten from somebody?
Could you give someone who wants to start their own entrepreneurial venture some advice?
Did you come across any resistance from family or friends, and what did you do to overcome it?
Once you started your business, what’s the thing that most surprised you about it?