-By Darpan Mago
B.A. (Hons.) English, First Year.
This is a story about a guy who dreamt of making millions in his teenage itself, it is a story of undying sprits and passions about doing something big and extra ordinary.
At 17, Gurbaksh Chahal was clueless about kissing girls and holding hands, but he was savvy enough to make $300,000 a month with an Internet advertising company he founded in his bedroom at his family's home in San Jose. When he flew to Los Angeles on business, the young Sikh with a turban and a beard looked mature, but he was too young to rent a car to drive to his appointments, so he concealed his age by taking cabs to meet his clients. When he sought venture capital from investors, he skirted questions about his experience and tried to avoid revealing that he'd dropped out: not from college, but from high school.
Now all of 26, he sits on top of two astounding achievements: He sold his first company, Click Agent, for $40 million in an all-stock merger in 2000, and his second, Blue Lithium, to Yahoo last year for $300 million. His autobiography, "The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship and Made Millions" was a big hit at the bookstores.
While success like his is often attributed to luck, Chahal's story, like that of many immigrants, is more one of sacrifice. His story was years of hard work, persistence and faith, along with the support of his family, that brought his financial rewards - not chance. For him it was not easy to make money. It was a struggle, a journey. For him there were no '10 ways to successes. Chahal, who has soap-opera-star good looks, is one of four children in a family that emigrated from Punjab, India, in 1986 to escape political instability arising from the Sikh separatist movement. In San Jose, his father worked as a postal employee and his mother was a nurse. Chahal had an older brother, two older sisters and a...