But Pathmalal says he understands why some of his peers prefer to seek greener pastures abroad, especially skilled professionals in the IT sector who can command a larger pay packet overseas.
Official figures show that nearly 300,000 nationals emigrate from Sri Lanka every year, out of a population of about 22 million; 7 percent of those leaving are professionals.
However, Pathmalal has faith there are opportunities to make an impact in his home country.
"I believe we can make our mark here, much faster and much more prominently than we would elsewhere," he said
When he set up the Takas.lk with his friends four years ago, there was no e-commerce company catering to the needs of Sri Lankans, Pathmalal explains.
"So my personal belief is we will conquer Sri Lanka first, be the top e-commerce site and in the next five to 10 years, given our geographical positioning and logistics, become a regional player catering to both Pakistan and South India," he adds.
Pathmalal also feels that work aside, Sri Lanka has much to offer.
"It has to be more than money. The quality of life here, at least for me personally, is far superior to any other place I have lived in. For instance, in an hour's time I can go to a very nice beach, or in two hours I can be in a hill country," he says.
- Sri Jegarajah contributed to this report.