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Mavs Business Assist: meet Sameer Ranjan with Catenate

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The Mavs Business Assist program was launched at the start of the 2022-23 basketball season to support 100 diverse entrepreneurs and small business owners who call North Texas home.

The Dallas Mavericks have partnered with The Lonely Entrepreneur to provide program participants with access to the knowledge, tools and support they need to succeed in the Mavs Business Assist (MBA) program.

At the Mavs, we also believe in the power of storytelling, and it is our honor to feature various MBA members throughout the year to highlight their extraordinary achievements.

Every entrepreneur has a story to tell. This is especially true for minority and women-owned businesses, who often have to overcome even more hurdles to see their business succeed. The Dallas Mavs are thrilled to amplify the voices of diverse minority entrepreneurs in the inaugural class of the Mavs Business Assist program. This week we feature Sameer Ranjan.


SAMEER RANJAN
CTO of Catenate Corp.

ABOUT CATENATE
Samir Ranjan refused to follow the model of many people in his small hometown. While most kids grew up to work at the local steel mill, Ranjan aimed higher and dared to dream big.

At school, he flourishes and falls in love with mathematics and science. This passion was his ticket to see the world, and he went on to pass one of the toughest exams in India. This enabled Ranjan to pursue a Bachelor of Technology degree at the Institute of National Importance (NIT Raipur) in India. From there, he landed in Dallas, where his talents as an innovator and entrepreneur were put to work. He also became a highly respected guest speaker and lecturer and one of Catenate Corp’s founders.

Catenate’s core belief revolves around this quote: “Human behavior can be manipulated or inspired. It is your choice that you make as a leader. The Catenate team has worked on data science, human-centered design, education, psychology, and more.

The cutting-edge company is using AI technology to help hire managers by “removing any bias about color, caste, creed or race from human beings…” and individuals are instead “ judged for their talents and personalities”, creating an inclusive business environment.

Ranjan is more than an entrepreneur. He is an innovator, academic, data scientist, speaker, thought leader and guest speaker and sits on various boards. Above all, he wants to make the world a better place.

He decided to join Mavs Business Help to increase his product information to a wider net audience and get the chance to grab a funding opportunity by pitching my business proposal to investors.

Mavs.com visited Sameer to find out more about his story and background. Portions of the interview have been edited for clarity and conciseness.

Mavs.com: Before talking about your business or your idea, can you tell us more about your life and your background with our fans? Where did you grow up, go to school and how did you come to this moment?

RANJAN: I grew up in a small town in India. Since childhood, I was told that you had to study hard to get a steady job at a steel mill that happened to be the biggest employer in my town.

Since childhood, I was not interested in following the standard, but I managed to love math and science, which helped me pass one of the toughest exams in India. So I was selected to pursue my Bachelor of Technology in Institute of National Importance (NIT Raipur) in India. I got into college and got my engineering degree being the second highest in the whole university.

After working for a few years in India and founding companies and helping small businesses, I decided to move to the United States to pursue my Masters in Data Science. I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree and hope to continue my entrepreneurial journey by submitting a business reopening proposal with a plan for those impacted by COVID-19. I met like-minded people right after school and started creating products to help human development and here I am, working with my team to create a symbiotic world.

Mavs.com: Where does your passion for your business come from?

RANJAN:I was actually the first employee and one of the founding members of our company Catenate Corp. The idea was to help students find who they really are with their personality and what career paths should be aligned with them because we were amazed at the amount of money people spend to do something they dislike and later regret all the money lost.

During this time we have realized that the problem is the same with employees and employers, both are confused as to what is right for them and that is why we have the highest attrition rate in the world right now . We thought of creating a product to help candidates find the right jobs and employers find the right candidates, not only based on resumes, but also on soft skills and employee personality. We succeeded.

I’m passionate about helping people get the right education and the right resources because I’m here solely because of my education. I believe luck is only generated when you have the intellect to back it up. I want to make this world educated and make people more than their resume.

Mavs.com What do you wish more people knew about being an entrepreneur or business owner?

RANJAN: Being an entrepreneur sounds cool but there’s a huge price to pay, it’s endless self-confidence, pride in your team and the endless pressure of work, being said that the freedom and happiness you get from your job are unlike anything else on this planet. I believe there are general challenges but for me personally, I don’t think anyone has turned me down if I asked for help. So I guess the biggest challenge is asking for help.

Mavs.com: What is your vision for your business? How do you hope it impacts others or changes the world?

RANJAN: My vision for my business is to evolve it and make it accessible to everyone. My system for finding the right people for the right seat changes the world’s view of how hiring and talent management works, it has the ability to eliminate any bias about color, caste, creed or race of human beings and they are judged for their talents and personalities rather than anything else. It will have a very positive impact on business by doing something about inclusivity and not just adding it as a program in the business manual.

Mavs.com: Why did you decide to join Mavs Business Help?

RANJAN: I am looking for a great funding opportunity and a chance to show companies what we have developed. I joined Mavs Business Assist with the aim of increasing my product information to a wider audience and to have a chance at a funding opportunity by pitching my business proposal in front of investors.

Mavs.com: How can people support you? Be bold! What are your needs ?

RANJAN: I want companies to at least try my system to manage their talent and recruiting needs and help me create a bias-free world or at least try to give my self-assessment and get to know you better.

My system costs less than a cup of coffee for an employee for a month and it can bring about radical changes in your organization. I want the chance to show my business to investors who are looking for the next big idea that will change the world. I need newspaper and media attention for my product to make it global and help get my message out to the masses as it is a product to be adopted by the masses.

To learn more, visit the links below:
Websitewww.mayamaya.us, www.catenate.io
Contact at +1 9723428570
E-mail: [email protected]catenate.io