An Early Starter

It seems like no one had to tell Gurbaksh Chahal that the early bird gets the worm. It simply did not apply in the waking up early sense but also starting out early in his entrepreneurial career.  He has also been able to achieve success in a very short span of time.

In 1998, at the age of 16, he dropped out of high school and started his first venture, ClickAgents. This was an advertising network using performance-based advertising. In just two years Chahal sold the company to ValueClick for $40 million. He wasn’t even out of his teens yet.

This would have been a great story already but it was just a chapter in Chahal’s young life. In 2004, he started BlueLithium, another advertising company focusing on behavioral targeting of banner advertising. This involved following web users’ online habits so that ads shown to the users are those they will most likely respond to.

In 2007, BlueLithium was bought by Yahoo! for $300 million. Not bad for a 25 year old who only established the company barely three years ago.  He then started a company called gWallet which dealt in the digital payment business.

In 2009, he formed his third internet advertising company this time specializing in the new area of real-time advertising.  The company was re-branded as RadiumOne in 2010. It has been able to raise a serious amount of money through venture capital funding.

Chahal has appeared in the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008. He has made other TV appearances. Success has come to him in such a short span of time. He was born on July 17, 1982 in Punjab, India. He was able to migrate to the U.S. when his parents were awarded U.S. visa through what is known as the Green Card Lottery.  His parents were of humble means but this did not stop Chahal from achieving success at such an early age.

Both Chahal and America were lucky when his parents won in the Green Card Lottery.


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