Pop Quiz, Monday with Raeleen Kaesehagen

I’m a full-time mum to little ones as well as the CEO and Founder of mudputty, so this question for me is more like, “What motivates you to look after kids all day then work all night on mudputty.”

Raeleen Kaesehagen

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Raeleen Kaesehagen

Raeleen Kaesehagen
Photo credit: Raeleen Kaesehagen

What is your job role?

Tell us about your company?
mudputty is an easy way to find and book classes, activities, and workshops in your local area. But more so, mudputty is a community of people who love to learn and share their passions.

mudputty has classes for all ages, passions, times of the day, and ability levels. From painting to French lessons to tumbling classes for kiddos, we help you feed your interests and find your tribe!

What do you love most about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is helping people and making a difference.

For people who run classes (or have always wanted to), I love that we provide them with a business in a box. Giving them the marketing, and tools for administration, bookings, payments and customer management. Allowing people to teach their passion and make a living or extra income doing something they love.

For people looking for classes and activities, I love that we make it quick, easy and provide a one-stop shop of classes where they can find the class by days, times, age, location, skill, and other options. So if they are looking for an intermediate yoga class on Mondays at 6 pm within five minutes of where you live, they can in one search in seconds find and book the class.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I’m a full-time mum to little ones as well as the CEO and Founder of mudputty, so this question for me is more like, “What motivates you to look after kids all day then work all night on mudputty.”

The answer is the passion I have for mudputty and the difference it can make.

Classes and activities are so essential to our health and wellbeing.

We’re social beings. Our brains are wired for relationships, and we get a sense of happiness, connection, and fulfillment by being with people.

And yet, despite all the social media platforms meant to help us connect, many of us feel more disconnected than ever before.

We struggle to find our tribes and to set aside time in our busy lives to engage in meaningful ways. In-person interactions are vital to our health – physical, psychological, and spiritual.

mudputty is more than local classes meant to feed your interests. On a deeper level, it’s a way to help you find your tribe, uniting you with an authentic community so that you can fulfill one of your most basic needs: connection.

Walk into a class, share a smile, chat, and leave with friends who you can meet up later for coffee.

By engaging with someone – an old friend or a new one – you just might find they needed to engage with you, too!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My team inspires me every day. The passion they show and difference they want to make in taking mudputty to the world. We’re like a family, all with the same purpose and helping each other to get there. It inspires me that mudputty is not just a job for them, it’s a way of thinking, of living, of doing.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Having an office overlooking the beach makes having fun at work quite simple. If it’s all getting too much, too intense, the team pop down for a swim, surf or bike ride and it’s all good again — nothing like fresh air and activity to build a team.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
As a startup on a tight budget, one of the biggest challenges is knowing when to spend or when to pass. It’s so easy for businesses to spend money. Sometimes you have to know when to say no and work out innovative and different ways of doing things, that won’t affect your bottom line.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
A big lesson learnt from my previous business that I founded and sold was there is such a thing as dumb money. An investor is more than money. They are a partner. Choose wisely, as a smart money investor aligned with your values, vision, and purpose will take you places. The wrong investor can take you backward. If you are looking for investment, really understand what is motivating the investor to invest in you.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Think about your why. Your purpose. Is this something you want to do all the time. It’s your why that keeps you going in the tough times (and there’s always tough times, for every business). If your purpose is strong enough, it will see you through everything and anything.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action 

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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