Himalesh Kumar (@himaleshk) who is a LA-based tech entrepreneur, was the CEO & Founder of Tapdn before he ended up selling his company to Berkshire Hathaway (via CORT).
He joins Ara on this week’s episode to discuss growing up with a learning disability (dyslexia) and viewing it as a “superpower,” the time he met Warren Buffet, why he started Tapdn and the ten-year journey he took before securing an exit, the importance faith has played in his life, and why you shouldn’t take no for an answer as an entrepreneur!
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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Himalesh Kumar
01:44 – Growing up in both India and Sri Lanka before immigrating to LA
02:44 – Being dyslexic and finding a way to not it hinder his learning process, teaching himself engineering
10:25 – How to get around the word “no” as an entrepreneur
14:11 – Himalesh started Tapdn as a mobile payment company
17:13 – Tapdn’s revenue model
19:03 – How Himalesh got connected with Cort (a part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway)
24:13 – Securing an exit
28:48 – First thing he did after selling Tapdn; buying four Ferraris?
32:14 – The impact of Himalesh’s faith during his ten-year journey towards securing an exit
38:39 – Hobbies outside of work
40:36 – What is Himalesh insecure about?
43:06 – How Himalesh views money; angel investing, crypto
47:28 – Podcasts he’s currently listening to
50:24 – Advice for other aspiring Tamil creators listening
52:17 – Creator Confessions
59:04 – The Wrap Up
1:00:37 – Bonus Audio: The time Himalesh met Warren Buffet!
Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan