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He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss helping his mom with her solopreneur business at a young age, going through 6 rounds of interviews to get into Google and working closely with the Sundar Pichai, being treated like a celebrity at airports in the early 2000s because of his Google bag, living with his parents to save money when he started Xano, how the mistakes of Zabinet have led to his current success, being spiritual and purposeful, and so much more.
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00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Prakash Chandran
01:56 - Growing up in Malibu as an interracial child, being introduced to side hustles at a young age
03:37 - How Prakash’s parents raised him and his sister; self-reliance and learning to make money
06:25 - The lack of financial literacy in school systems, how being financially literate gets you ahead in life
07:34 - Enjoying the journey and understanding that there are no shortcuts in life
08:33 - Being at Google for 8 years; how he got the job
11:06 - How Google made it easy for him to stay, despite his entrepreneurial ambitions
13:32 - Moving to the South of France before pursuing full-time entrepreneurship; his journey
15:59 - Started Zabinet, how it was like an MBA, and then selling the business
19:50 - Moving back to LA, starting Xano, now running it remotely
21:00 - LA and Silicon Valley; then versus now
22:28 - The story of Xano
27:10 - Prakash’s thoughts on bootstrapping versus fundraising
30:22 - Different models to building a sustainable company in today’s day and age
31:44 - What success looks like to Prakash and Xano over the next 3-5 years
33:32 - Will the nature of education change as no-code platforms become more prevalent?
36:32 - A life changing lesson that Prakash has experienced over the last couple years
39:18 - Balancing the demand of being both a Founder and a Father
41:06 - The importance of being present in the moment
42:05 - Prakash’s relationship with money; real estate, crypto, and angel investing
47:19 - His relationship with the Tamil community
49:30 - Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
50:52 - How he wants to be remembered by friends and family
52:06 - Creator Confessions
55:22 - The Wrap Up
56:06 - Prakash turns the tables and begins interview Ara
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