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A Day In The Life: CrownMob Founder/CEO Ricardo L. Grant

Ricardo Grant is the founder and CEO of CrownMob, a Cincinnati-based tech startup that connects barbers and stylists with clients. Every entrepreneur has his/her daily routine, We caught up with Ricardo to get a look at what a typical day is like for him.

7 a.m. I wake up in my downtown Cincinnati condo and the first thing I do is check my
calendar for the day, along with Trello (task management platform), as the two keep
my priorities aligned with the rest of the CrownMob team.

7:30 a.m. I would like to say I roll out of bed and begin an intense workout but the reality
is find my I heart radio app and turn on the Breakfast Club as I approach the shower. By
this time SportsCenter is also on the bedroom television screen but on mute to not over
power the voices of DJ Envy, Charlemagne tha God and Angela Yee.

7:45 a.m. By this time, I am either shaving my head with my Bevel blade or trimming the
beard up to look as presentable as possible. I take great pride in using Black Owned
products such as Bevel and EBO Beard Butter, it’s extremely important to me that I
back my own people throughout their journeys.

office8:30 a.m. I arrive at one of our two offices in the Cincinnati area, I typically eat breakfast (if I remember) at the office. At this point I am checking my email as well as setting the blueprint for the day as to what is and isn’t going to get done. I’ve learned that as a founder, everything isn’t going to get done
every single day and I have gotten better at the reality of that over the course of time.

9:00 a.m. Meetings, meetings, meetings! Rather it be with potential or existing
customers, partners, advisors or investors, meetings are something that I can never
escape. I try to limit myself to 6-8 meetings per day to make sure I am providing quality
insight as well as giving myself enough time to digest information effectively.

10 a.m. By this time, I am typically on the phone with customers. As we build our startup we believe that providing white glove style service will play a huge role in our success. As we onboard customer either myself or someone from our company in a leadership role has a conversation with each customer. Our customers have shared their appreciation for this style of service and we take great pride in making sure everyone is pleased.

12 p.m. I am not realizing I didn’t eat breakfast (80%) of the time and that I need to get some fuel fast to keep up the momentum. Typically, I pack a lunch– maybe some baked chicken and vegetables or a medium size salad. If not, I will grab something healthy nearby. A benefit to both offices we operate out of is they both have excellent lunch options without breaking the calorie calculator or spending too much money….remember we are a startup not a fortune 500 company.

12:15 p.m. Lunch is always short, 15 min max, unless I am meeting with someone over lunch. This is probably the most crucial part of the day for me because in my mind I know I have about 2 hours to really hump some work out prior to my daily gym visit. Of course, after the gym I resume work but I also understand that the more I get done now the more I can minimize my chances of having my laptop open all until 2:00-3:00 am.

2 p.m. No later than 2pm I am at the gym, over the last few months it has become the place I go to disconnect. This may be a bit unorthodox for many founders and entrepreneurs but I found that it works for me. It’s also the time of day the gym is nearly empty and long waiting times for machines do not exist. As a entrepreneur we work so much and I truly believe that we should have perks that non entrepreneurs do not have, like going to the gym at 2pm. This time is spent on working up a sweat with cardio workouts for about 30 mins not including stretch and cool down.

2:40 p.m. I am in the steam room, this is by far one of my favorite places to be in the world. The feeling I have after about 10-15 mins of steam room action makes me feel rejuvenated for the 2 nd half of my day.

2:55 p.m I hit the showers, I will leave that there.

4:30 p.m. I am back in front of the laptop. This is my time to focus on the business itself from organization standpoint. Our industry gets busier between the hours of 5pm-8pm during the week because most people seek out barbering/hair style services once they leave their day jobs. At this point in the day I usually am working on our pitch, making sure that is airtight for investor meetings. Looking at the data we have gathered on our customers and the market at large, as well as connecting with our development team to discuss any issues we may be having that will more than likely be worked on the
following business day.

veggies-on-cutting-board7 p.m. We like to cook in our household, it’s sort of therapeutic. At this time my wife and I have discussions about how our days went, interactions with people and whatever is going on in popular culture. We make an honest attempt to stay as far away from work related topics however I will admit sometimes it creeps up on us. I am shameful of it.

8:30 p.m. This is my relaxation time, I enjoy watching television series’. I mostly watch ones recorded from earlier in the week when I have the time. Game of Thrones, This Is Us, Power, She’s Gotta Have It, Silicon Valley and last but certainly not least Luke Cage are the main shows I watch throughout the year.

11:30 p.m. I am back in front of my computer with TV on and catching up on what still needs to be done before the next morning and responding to late emails. I am a advocate for practicing promptness.

1 a.m. By this time, I am usually checking my social media to stay up to date with what is going on with friends and family and for some slight humor before dozing off while thinking about strategies to disrupt Black Hair Care through technology by being a thought leader and advocate for change.

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