Vinod Gupta is a business leader who recently sold a company he co-founded, called the American Business List, for $680 million. He began his education in a small town in India called Rampur Manhyaran. His family did not have many amenities back then, but he dreamed big and finished school there. He went on to study at the India Institute of Technology and received a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering.
After undergraduate studies, Vinod Gupta traveled to the United States to study at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where he graduated with an M.B.A. He had very little money at the time, about $60. But he continued his studies, eventually achieving his degree, and began a career in the United States.
After he graduated with his M.B.A., he took a position at Commodore Corporation as a marketing research analyst. Working his way through one of his first assignments, he borrowed $100 dollars from a local bank to make mailers for a mailing list. His initial project was to compile a list of every mobile home dealer in the United States.
But he recognized that the list had more potential than his boss knew. He cut a deal that allowed him to sell the list to other companies as well as his boss and eventually turned that $100 into $25,000.
Vinod Gupta continued at his company for many years and eventually sold it in 2010 for $680 million. He is now at the Everest Group, which is a venture capital firm. He has maintained a passion for life and living fully, serving on several boards, including as a trustee for the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. He has several honorary doctorates and was the U.S. consul general to Bermuda. See This Article to learn about his Interview with IdeaMensch.
Throughout a successful career, Vinod Gupta has developed a plethora of corporate and he’s willing to share his Business Lessons to aspiring and established entrepreneurs who wanted to be successful like himself.