00:15 - Introducing Chen Vasanthakumar
02:45 - How Chen’s corporate finance background, and a friend from middle school, spurred his interest in buying businesses
09:49 - Buying his first business for $0, running it for less than a year, and profiting $60K
12:47 - Taking some time off to travel, network, and evaluate Southeast Asia
14:09 - Finding a needle in the haystack business on Flippa
17:40 - The impact of COVID and the lesson Chen learned about mitigating risk
19:52 - Chen’s next move after buying a travel based business at the height of the pandemic and remote work visas
24:00 - The difference between behere (https://gobehere.com) and Airbnb
25:54 - The best place to find and buy businesses
31:32 - Doing the de-risking yourself to make more money
34:35 - Where Chen sees himself in the next 3-5 years
35:56 - Wanting to be remembered by friends and family for going against the grain
37:11 - Chen’s favourite book (Shoe Dog)
39:33 - Embracing a marathon mindset
41:47 - Chen’s connection to the Tamil community on a personal and professional level
45:36 - Chen pays respect to Shiv (co-founder of TamilCulture)
47:09 - Tim Ferris almost made Chen quit his job, Nipsey Hussle being the only rapper who rapped openly about entrepreneurship
50:11 - Would You Rather
55:40 - Wrap up
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