Seattle-based entrepreneur arivozhi adiaman (vozhi) uses real estate and music to empower local community

Arivozhi Adiaman, also known as Vozhi, is a passionate Tamil-American real estate entrepreneur, rap artist, and community activist. He is also the recipient of “425 Business Magazine, 30 under 30 award.”

Vozhi’s purpose is to build vibrant and encouraging communities, particularly around his ancestral identity, Tamil. As a deep lover of technology, Vozhi started his professional career by getting his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2011. The next several years, he worked technical, and later managerial positions, with companies such as SAP, Microsoft, Accenture, and T-Mobile.

Always wanting to become self-sufficient entrepreneur, Vozhi found his lane by founding his real estate investing and consulting company, ‘VOZHI LLC’. Over the years, Vozhi and his team have quickly been able to establish themselves in the Seattle real estate investor community as trusted agents, partners, consultants, marketers and facilitators for various real estate projects.

You seem like you have the same challenge as me because you have different projects you’re working on.  If somebody asked you what you do, how would you respond?

I’m a real estate investor, rapper and a community builder. 

It’s not easy having multiple projects happening at once, but I do my best to categorize my brand into three main buckets: entrepreneurship, music, and community impact. Anything I give attention to gets prioritized within these buckets, and I just pick and choose the most pressing thing(s) I want to work on. Over the course of my journey, these three verticals have proven themselves to have complimentary effects towards one another, and I attribute that to the specificity of my mission statement:

 “Vozhi is a company that integrates real estate entrepreneurship with culture, music and technology to inspire positive change in the community.”

It seems like the first half of your career was a bit more traditional with stints at Microsoft and Accenture.  It looks like the last 2 years have been more entrepreneurial-focused.  What prompted the switch?

The short answer is that I always wanted uncompromised creative, and financial control in my life. 

I recall a while ago, before I went full time with my mission, I wanted to take time off between jobs. Then someone told me that the gap would “look bad” on my resume. Though this is a question I would’ve thought about differently in the past, at that particular moment I sincerely asked myself the question “look bad for who?” A deep reflection led me to realize that I don’t want to work for anybody who judged how and when I work. So I decided to not look for a job and pursued freedom instead.

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