Sanjay Ray is a businessman and entrepreneur who knows his business and knows it well. He is a man with many successful entrepreneurial ventures to his credit, but most recently he has committed himself to pursuing a passion project called Autism Rocks. The charitable foundation, which raises funds for autism research by producing major rock and roll music events, was started when Sanjay Ray’s young son was diagnosed with the condition. He transformed his concern over his son and the challenges he faces into the inspiration for starting a company that could offer help where it is truly needed. Thus Autism Rocks was born.
Ray discussed all of this as well as his background as an entrepreneur in a recent interview on the Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio Show, hosted by Eric Dye. In a wide ranging talk, Ray stressed the importance for those starting out in business to know that they must be realistic about how much money they will need to raise in order to really make a go of it. It’s easy to be stuck in an underfunded situation, he said, when the reality is that starting a business costs money.
Another point he stressed is that it’s impossible to do all the work by yourself. That’s why putting together a sound group of talented workers is really key to a successful launch and follow through in a business startup.
Ray put all of these key concepts to work when he launched Autism Rocks, and the result of his passion for the charity is in its success in raising funds. As far as Ray is concerned, passion is critical in any venture. Now, with Autism Rocks, he can see how his love for his son is translating into a company that is making a real difference.