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The Tamil Creator Podcast (EP #56): Mayuran Yogarajah - Being Employee #2 At Index Exchange
Mayuran Yogarajah is the Head of IX Labs and Distinguished Engineer at Index Exchange, where he joined almost 20 years ago as Employee #2 (he was 1 hour late to the interview), seeing it grow massively in that time frame.
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host ("The Tamil Creator")
Canada
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He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss being 1 hour late for his interview (when Google Maps was not around), transitioning from SVP Engineering to spearheading investments as Head of IX Labs, not finishing his degree at the University of Toronto, working in the same company now for nearly two decades, learning to slow down and be present, trying to be charitable in his day-to-day life, growing up as a fan of Mike Tyson’s boxing career and now his personal life, having bouts of impostor syndrome, and so much more.

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Timestamps

00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Mayuran Yogarajah
01:07 - Mayuran’s upbringing in Mississauga, learning English, his first job, and more
07:10 - What is a distinguished engineer? How Mayuran received that title
08:00 - What his experience was like seeing Index Exchange grow before his eyes
10:36 - Staying in the same company for 18 years; his belief in the company and leadership
13:35 - Index Exchange; the stock exchange for ads
16:17 - Why they decided to build everything in-house and locally host versus being cloud-based
17:21 - Challenges he’s seen in his role, and strategic plays he has in mind while moving forward
20:49 - Where he wants to see Index Labs in 3-5 years; focusing on depth versus breadth
23:21 - Sacrificing his personal life for professional success
24:48 - Mayuran’s biggest learning lessons; things he would change
26:27 - The impact of his friends and family on his journey
29:53 - Family dynamics with his siblings and parents
32:13 - The personal legacy Mayuran wants to be remembered for by his friends and family
33:42 - Mayuran’s favourite books, podcasts, and other methods of learning
34:36 - His appreciation for ‘Hotboxing with Mike Tyson’ and Mike Tyson himself
37:15 - How not looking at the phone in the morning and before sleeping has improved his life
39:02 - Mayuran’s relationship with money; how he views it, spends it, and invests (real estate)
41:03 - What prompts Mayuran to save money; minimizing regret
42:46 - Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
44:44 - Creator Confessions
58:31 - The Wrap Up

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