|Gurbaksh Singh Chahal|
G. Chahal with U.S. President Barack Obama
July 17, 1982 |
Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab, India
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Occupation||Chairman & CEO of RadiumOne|
|Net worth||US$100 million+|
Gurbaksh Singh Chahal (born July 17, 1982) is an American internet entrepreneur, philanthropist, and writer. By the age of 25, he founded and sold two advertising companies for a total of US$340 million.
Chahal was born in Tarn Taran Sahib in Punjab, India to Avtar Singh and Arjinder Chahal. In 1985, his parents received a visa for America through the Diversity Visa (DV) program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, and the following year, when he was four, the family settled in San Jose, California.
On December 15, 1998, aged 16, Gurbaksh Chahal dropped out of high school  to work full-time at his first venture, ClickAgents. ClickAgents was an advertising network focused on performance-based advertising. Two years later, on November 1, 2000, ValueClick announced it agreed to buy ClickAgents in a $40 million all-stock merger. Chahal had a three year non-compete agreement with ValueClick.
On January 12, 2004, Chahal formed BlueLithium. BlueLithium specialized in behavioral targeting of banner advertising (a process that tracks web users' habits online in order to show ads they are most likely to respond to). The advertising network which was recognized as an innovator in the online advertising space in a Business 2.0 article. In 2006, under Chahal's leadership, BlueLithium was named Top Innovator by AlwaysOn.
In September 2009, Chahal started his third online ad company, focused on creating a new category of real-time advertising. On December 1, 2009, it raised its first institutional round of financing totaling $12.5 million from Adam Street Partners, Trinity Ventures, Stanford University and various others. On October 18, 2010, a few days after Chahal's non-compete expired, the Company re-branded itself as RadiumOne, and launched its Programmatic Advertising Platform that leverages first party data to deliver real-time advertising across the web, mobile, Facebook. On March 2011, RadiumOne announced it had raised another $21 million in financing which valued the Company at $200 million. On March 2, 2012, RadiumOne's valuation surpassed $500 million.
On October 23, 2009, Chahal appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss his life and business journey. In his interview, Oprah Winfrey introduced him as "one of the youngest and also the wealthiest entrepreneurs on the planet Earth".
Chahal currently lives in San Francisco, California.
On April 29, 2010, Chahal was awarded the Leaders In Management Award and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Commercial Science from Pace University for his career achievements as an entrepreneur. In April 11, 2011, Men's Health also recognized him as one of the world's richest and fittest guys.
Inspired by the deadly events relating to the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, Chahal founded the BeProud Foundation with $1 million of his own money. The foundation is designed to create awareness campaigns to stop future hate crimes.
Chahal has also been a frequent guest lecturer at many universities including: Stanford University, Pace University, London School of Economics, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University, and Ryerson University. Chahal's book The Dream is required reading in entrepreneurship courses at some universities.
- The Dream, Palgrave Macmillan (October 23, 2008) ISBN 0-230-61095-1
Awards and recognitions
- 2006: AlwaysOn Top Innovator of the Year 
- 2010: Anokhi Awards, Excellence in Digital Entrepreneurship 
- 2010: BusinessWeek, Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 
- 2010: Pace University, Leaders in Management Award 
- 2010: Darpan, Extraordinary Awards - International Sensation 
- 2010: MensXP.com, X51 - India's Most Influential Business Man of the Year 
- 2011: Most Influential CEO - Under30CEO 
- 2011: Forbes Greatest Risks 
- 2012: Light of India Awards 2012: People's Award for Excellence in Business Leadership 
- 2012: Light of India Awards 2012: Amrapali Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 
- 2012: iMedia's Top 10 Hottest Digital Marketers of 2012 
- 2012: Complex Magazine's: The 25 Richest Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30 
- 2013: Anokhi's Prestige Awards 2013: Tech Entrepreneur of the Decade 
- 2013: San Francisco Business Times: Top 40 Under 40 
- 2013: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 
- 2013: 40 Under 40 by Direct Marketing News 
- Gurbaksh Chahal, the Punjabi NRI writer & millionaire entrepreneur, Punjab Spider.
- Zinko, Carolyne (October 26, 2008). "Advice from young millionaire Gurbaksh Chahal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- Yahoo Snaps up BlueLithium
- Big Innovations: BlueLithium, Business 2.0, September 20, 2006.
- The 2006 AO 100, AlwaysOn.
- Yahoo! press release re purchase of BlueLithium
- McMahan, Ty (October 18, 2010). "New Ad Network RadiumOne Aims To Tap Social 'Mega Trend'". The Wall Street Journal.
- Appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show
- Zinko, Carolyne (April 29, 2010). "S.F. venture capitalist Keith Benjamin dies". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- "Gallery: Big Achievers Share The Greatest Risks They Ever Took". Forbes.
- Chahal's official website
- Gurbaksh Chahal at the Internet Movie Database
- A panel discussion with Chahal, Conference on Entrepreneurship, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, March 2010