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 current role is 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.”