Growing up in a small town in India did not hinder Vinod Gupta from dreaming big. He knew all too well that in order to achieve his dreams, hard work was paramount. His excellent credentials from a small school located in Delhi, India saw Vinod Gupta earn a place in the Indian Institute of Technology. Here, he received a degree in agricultural engineering, before heading out to the United States for a master’s degree in the same field.
Upon graduation, Vinod Gupta began working at Commodore Corporation. Here, he gathered lots of experience as a market researcher. He set out to start his venture. He borrowed $100 from a local bank and began Marketing Mailers.
The business took a short time to pick up. Vinod Gupta after that started the American Business Information, which became very popular among companies that intended to increase their clientele base. 20 years after the establishment, the company was valued at $5,000 million. Vinod Gupta opted out of the CEO’s position and rebranded it to InfoUSA. The company was later sold for $680 million in 2010. Today, Vinod Gupta is the general managing partner at Everest Group, a company that is known for providing private equity and venture capital to businesses.
Vinod Gupta’s passion about giving back to the society cannot be understated. He for instance donated at least $1 million to aid the development of a polytechnic in his hometown. The polytechnic has helped many especially women to acquire postgraduate degrees within a period of not more than 24 months.