We had the good fortune of connecting with Ravi Sharma and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ravi, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
Impact. I would love to be in a position where the companies I have started have created positive change in their respective industries like digital health and clean technology. As a result of this impact, I will have had enough success to the point where I can support other entrepreneurs on their journey. I want to financially invest in and mentor hungry and foolish entrepreneurs chasing moonshots to change the world.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I currently run two companies – OOTify and iBOS Ventures.

OOTify is a new mental health hub that leverages artificial intelligence to get you to the best possible mental health resource for your needs. It’s often thought that therapy is the only way to help improve your mental health, but that’s not what the research says. At OOTify, we want to help everyone on their mental health journey with educational content, therapy, coaching and other sub-clinical support because we ALL have mental health and require different care plans to obtain the optimal mental fitness that we need in today’s hectic world. Think of OOTify as your digital mental health companion.

We’re excited because our platform just showed some amazing results in a clinical trial at Loyola Marymount University with support from the University of Southern California. Basically, we have software that may one day help solve the mental health crisis by leveraging technology to improve health outcomes with personalized mental healthcare. For too long, mental healthcare has been impersonal and confusing to navigate. OOTify shows promise to solve this one day.

Our journey has been anything, but a straight line. We’ve had to bootstrap content, tech and clinical trials. All these things cost millions of dollars, and we’ve been able to manage. We’ve gotten so many rejections, but have shown surprising resilience to be able to get backing from some of the smartest and best angel and institutional investors in California. I’ve learned to trust the process and just put in the work. As a repeat founder and having worked long hours for many years in the world of finance, I know that what I embarked on was not going to be easy – it’s always harder than you anticipate. The key is to enjoy the ride and be patient with yourself and those around you. Give yourself grace, work as hard as you can and take time to think critically. That’s who I am and what I want the world to know about me.

And I want to support others on a similar path as me to hopefully make their life easier. That’s why I most recently started iBOS Ventures to invest in startups and founders that are looking to have a similar impact. Raising money for moonshots that have outsized social impact and/or as a minority is hard – and that’s what I want to help with. Our time on this planet is limited and it’s so incredibly important to support those that are working hard to make the world a better place. Especially those that are underrepresented and weren’t afforded the same luxuries as others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Southern California has A LOT to offer and assuming they’re coming from out of town and I also had the entire week off, here’s what we’d do (assuming a healthy budget):

Day 1: Enjoy some time in the backyard with the kids and just get settled in with some home-cooked food.
Day 2: Golf in the morning at Pelican Hill golf course followed by dinner at Javiers Newport Coast.
Day 3: Get some hiking in at Top of The World (Laguna Beach), followed by some food and drinks at Montage.
Day 4: Hit the Getty museum or race some cars on the South Bay Porsche track, and get some meditation in at Lake Shrine, play some volleyball in Manhattan Beach and grab food near the water at The Strand House and watch some sports.
Day 5: Recover, do some yoga and have some other friends over in the evening around a backyard bonfire for some drinks and cigars. Order in some Karma Lounge Indian food.
Day 6: Do a local hike (Robber’s Peak), play some tennis, and go to Fashion Island or Irvine Spectrum for a day of shopping and relaxing.
Day 7: Play some video games, take a virtual mixology session, enjoy some time in the backyard with the kids and wrap. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family. I’ve taken a myriad of twists in turns in my career. They’ve always supported my decisions and been a support structure I can lean on to keep pressing forward even when it felt impossible and I was drowning and keeping me grounded when things were going “too perfect”. They have been my oxygen tank for the lows and the highs.

Website: www.ootify.com and www.ibos.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ootify/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ravisharmasprofile/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXe8HmDbJDLBjUuRri7s3bA

Other: Support our children’s book supporting mental health parity and taking stigma head-on: https://amzn.to/3vkU9cd Proceeds support free copies going to schools and community centers.

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