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The Tamil Creator (Ep.10): Vijay Sappani - Co-Founder Of A Billion-Dollar Cannabis Company, Philanthropist And Rare Disease Hunter
"The Tamil Creator" is a podcast started by me (Ara Ehamparam). As someone who is extremely inquisitive by nature, I created the podcast to chat with, spotlight, and learn about brilliance among creators in the Tamil community - and among creators in general from all over the world.
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host
Canada
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Vijay Sappani is a Tamil cannabis entrepreneur and investor who co-founded a billion-dollar company called TerrAscend.  He joins Ara to speak about biryani, biryani, and more biryani. They also cover topics such as why he entered the medical cannabis industry, the process of taking a company public and receiving a billion dollar evaluation, and if money can buy happiness.

 

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Timestamps:

00:15 - Introducing Vijay Sappani

01:53 - Nuanced opinions in the Tamil community

05:17 - Vijay’s obsession with biryani, and where to find the best kind

08:16 - Why Vijay entered the medical cannabis industry

12:20 - The biggest challenges Vijay faced upon starting his business

14:13 - Skepticism that Vijay faced early on, and important mentors

17:19 - Taking TerrAscend public and receiving a billion dollar evaluation

22:47 - The importance of knowing when it’s time to step aside

24:51 - Can money buy happiness? Has money changed Vijay?

28:52 - Ela Capital

30:45 - Companies that Vijay has invested in

35:12 - Money being a taboo subject in the Tamil community

39:10 - Vijay’s daughter having a rare genetic disorder, starting a foundation in her name

43:34 - How Vijay balances work and life

46:28 - Wanting to be remembered as “Mr. Troublemaker”

47:44 - Growing into his Tamil identity, and funding projects in Sri Lanka with his wife

53:08 - Ara asks for one piece of advice for Tamil creators; Vijay gives way more

57:31 - Would you rather speed round

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