EP #58: Suresh Sriskandarajah – Lawyer, Engineer & MBA Grad Who Overcame Extreme Personal Adversity To Achieve Success

Suresh Sriskandarajah (@suresh.sriskandarajah) is a technology and business lawyer at Suresh Law Professional Corporation (@suresh.law).

He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss learning a sense of responsibility from a very young age, how being a long distance runner helped develop his strong work ethic, why he has four degrees (BASc, BA, MBA, JD), other full-time roles he has including be the COO at CSI & Executive Director at Mosaic Lab, why education will stay relevant but the process for acquiring degrees will likely change, not having a television, doing public speaking to overcome his insecurities around it, only investing money he can afford to lose, and much more.

Follow Suresh:
– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/suresh.sriskandarajah/)
– LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/suresh-sriskandarajah/)

*TAKE THE QUIZ – “What Type of Creator Are You?”**



00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Suresh Sri
02:06 – Being born in SL during the civil war, moving to CA and working at 11 to support his mother
06:30 – Being a finalists for the Canadian National Junior Olympics 3000M
07:24 – Do the hardships of Sri Lankan immigrants result in their children pursuing entrepreneurship?
09:51 – Why the heck did Suresh do four degrees?
10:35 – Starting a law firm before working for someone else first
13:41 – How he chose the specific niche that he wanted to be known for
15:29 – Balancing his own firm, other full-time roles and his family without getting burnt out
18:38 – Will he continue working at this frenetic pace for the foreseeable future?
20:32 – How working at companies where the leaders looked like Suresh impacted him
22:42 – Doing M&A; Suresh’s most interesting acquisition opportunity
26:52 – Being optimistic about legal tech, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
29:35 – Suresh built a legal 360; what happened to the product?
30:39 – Will education and degrees have the same value that they used to have?
32:58 – His interests outside of work; spending time with his kids
35:00 – An insecurity Suresh has; from his langue/accent to achieving his goals “on time”
37:37 – How he feels about money; day trading, crypto, and more
39:53 – His favourite sources of knowledge consumption; books, documentaries, podcasts, people
41:13 – The positive impact that “focusing on the present moment” had on Suresh
45:06 – The personal legacy he wants to leave behind; being remembered by friends and family for…
45:52 – Who Suresh admires in the global Tamil and non-Tamil community
49:12 – Advice he has for other aspiring Tamil creators
50:07 – Creator Confessions
52:47 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan