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The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.48): Gobinthiran Kulendran - 9 Schools And 21 Location Changes During A War Couldn't Stop This Entrepreneur From Finding Success
Despite having to change schools 9 times, moving homes 21 times and losing everything except for one bag during the height of the war, Gobinthiran found a way to learn about technology through a computer that his mother and aunt purchased with proceeds from their pawned jewelry.
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host ("The Tamil Creator")
Canada
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Gobinthiran Kulendran (@gobinthiran) is the Co-Founder & CEO of Huex (@huex.io) based in Sri Lanka. Despite having to change schools 9 times, moving homes 21 times and losing everything except for one bag during the height of the war, Gobinthiran found a way to learn about technology through a computer that his mother and aunt purchased with proceeds from their pawned jewelry. He went on to do freelance jobs for locals until he got his first international project in Aug 2019 (paid $1500) that he finished in 5 days with almost no sleep. He's gone on to raise money from investors all over the world to grow the business and has 40+ clients across 4 continents.

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He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss the impact of Yarl IT Hub (@yarlithub) on his business, his success encouraging his parents to let his sister start her own business, business opportunities he sees in Sri Lanka, his ambition to create $1 billion in revenue between companies he helps start to do his part in uplifting Northern Sri Lanka economically, and more.

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Timestamps

00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Gobinthiran Kulendran
01:49 - From a fascination with computers to the inception of Huex
06:59 - The support of the start-up community from places like Yarl IT Hub in Sri Lanka
10:46 - The current status of Huex
12:19 - The impact of COVID on Gobinthiran’s business
13:50 - Challenges he faced getting Huex off the ground
15:24 - The current status of COVID in Sri Lanka
16:08 - Business opportunities in Sri Lanka
19:26 - Using personal funds for his business ventures
20:43 - What drives Gobinthiran?
24:20 - Where he sees himself in the next 3-5 years
25:22 - Gobinthiran’s interests outside of work; travelling and farming
27:23 - What he’s insecure about
27:36 - Gobinthiran’s perception of money
29:21 - Educating himself via YouTube and Netflix
30:19 - The impact of the Sri Lankan Tamil community on Gobinthiran
32:44 - The personal legacy he wants to leave behind
33:09 - Who Gobinthiran admires in the Tamil and non-Tamil community
34:10 - Advice he would give fellow aspiring Tamil creators
35:43 - Creator Confessions
38:03 - The Wrap Up

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