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The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.46): Ruban Kanapathippillai - Serial Tech Entrepreneur With Two Exits Collectively Over $1 Billion
Ruban Kanapathippillai is an entrepreneur, angel investor, charter member at TiE Silicon Valley and author of the "Accidental Entrepreneur" series.
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 how he's seen The Bay Area change in the many years he's lived there, why he decided to become an angel investor, building a company from 5 founders to 200 employees in about 2 years, having his first company acquired by Intel, how a heart attack was a wake up call to prioritize mental health and much more.

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Timestamps

00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Ruban Kanapathippillai
01:23 - Ruban talks about his upbringing in Sri Lanka, how he met his wife
05:22 - The Bay Area; then vs. now (corporations, real estate, etc.)
11:57 - The impact of digitalization and COVID (on Silicon Valley)
16:09 - How prevalent is the Tamil community like in San Francisco?
21:06 - Having his first company acquired by Intel
29:44 - Owning multiple Google patents and the process behind acquiring one
32:34 - How Intel caught wind of Ruban’s company
38:02 - Relatives initially questioning his decision to quit his job before seeing his success
38:34 - What makes Ruban tick; fear of failure
40:08 - Retiring at 35 and being a stay-at-home dad
43:03 - Creating Virident Systems and having it acquired
45:20 - Feeling like he still hadn’t proved himself after multiple exits
48:09 - Why Ruban decided to become an angel investor
53:10 - Ruban speaks on some of the companies he has invested in - and what they do
57:35 - Interests outside of work; cricket, mentoring, cooking, family time and ballroom dancing
1:00:35 - Maintaining relationships while balancing other priorities like family and health
1:03:16 - Purchases that Ruban has made but doesn’t regret
1:05:28 - What Ruban wants to be remembered for; humility and honesty
1:09:26 - Creator Confessions
1:17:09 - The Wrap Up

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