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The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.24): Nelson Sivalingam - UK-Based Serial Entrepreneur (Tech & Food), Podcast Host & Award-Winning Filmmaker
Nelson Sivalingam is an award-winning serial entrepreneur who has created successes from high growth technology businesses to Sri Lankan street food restaurant groups. He's currently the CEO & Co-Founder of HowNow, one of the fast-growing technology companies transforming the way organizations approach learning across the world with clients including tech unicorns like GymShark and Checkout.com.
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host
Canada
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He joins Ara to shed light on how his filmmaking and entrepreneurial careers intertwine with one another, why he doesn’t engage in small talk, how his friends calling him “Born Awkward” led him to actually buying that web domain, why you shouldn’t be afraid to seize the opportunity and so much more.

"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.

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Timestamps:

00:53 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Nelson Sivalingam

01:47 - Nelson admits to using Ara’s siblings to get to Ara, speaks on his upbringing in Barking

03:58 - Why and How Nelson started One Minute London; trying to fund his filmmaking career

07:59 - How Nelson’s award-winning film “The Rajini Effect” came to be; reaching international audiences

13:54 - Japan’s love for South-Asian cinema, Rajinikanth’s cultural impact

17:04 - Nelson’s kothu business in South London, Ara’s experience making kothu in his Dad’s store as a kid

27:23 - Founding HowNow (formerly known as Wonderush) to encourage continuous learning

33:12 - Bootstrapping vs. fundraising money for your business

39:49 - The misconceptions of - and the art/science behind - sales; learning about sales through poker

44:46 - Angel investing and Nelson’s plan to eventually return to filmmaking

47:49 - Nelson’s hobbies outside of work; friends, conversation, food, films, reading, writing

48:27 - Nelson’s being insecure about whether or not he’s learning fast enough

49:27 - Why Nelson doesn’t like small talk, wanting to be known for adding value

53:50 - Books that impacted Nelson; Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously, Steve Jobs’ biography

61:52 - Tamil community in the UK

66:49 - Advice Nelson would give to fellow aspiring Tamil Creators

70:13 - Creator Confessions

73:55 - The Wrap Up

 

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