Daniel was an early entrepreneur. He started at the age of 8 years old with an aquarium and then a t-shirt business at 14. Throughout high school, he partnered with a car detailing franchise to provide cleaning services.
In college, he joined a brokerage firm and spent the next 3 years working on Wall Street. Armed with this newly acquired financial knowledge, it was clear to Daniel that he needed to return to entrepreneurship and build a business that combined finance and the growing opportunities of the Internet.
In the year 2000, he banded together with three friends and raised $200,000 to build an online trading business that was acquired within six months by what was Argentina's largest financial player at the time.
As his nimble company of four grew to 85+ employees, Daniel struggled to cope with the pressures of scaling. It was at this time that Daniel met his future mentor and business partner, Verne Harnish. Daniel enrolled in Verne's MIT course, "Birthing of Giants" (today re-branded as "Entrepreneurial Master Program".)
Enrolling was the best and most pivotal decision that Daniel has ever made in his career. It not only gave Daniel the foundation and methodology to scale his business successfully, it also led him to help launch a community of “titans” who continue to network, support and mentor each other to this day.
Daniel’s next business launched just before the untimely crash of the financial markets in 2008. His business was quickly shut down and Daniel took on $1 million in debt. It was the lowest point in his life—one that drove him away from entrepreneurship and towards a stable job at his father’s company.
Once again, Verne Harnish popped into Daniel’s life at just the right time. Not letting Daniel wallow in his pain or give up on entrepreneurship, Verne offered him a coaching position at Gazelles.
Despite the recent setback, Daniel had an abundance of experience and success under his belt and had recently been recognized in Expansion Magazine's “30 under 30.”
Within six months, Daniel had turned his life around and moved his family to Austin where his partnership with Verne developed.
Over a weekend trip to Barcelona, they came up with the idea behind Growth Institute —born from Daniel’s vision to help entrepreneurs become great leaders and successfully scale their companies while still maintaining a high quality of life.
In less than a decade, Growth Institute has been recognized among the top 5,000 fastest growing companies in the USA, with over 40,000 members across 64 countries.