Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, former child actor|
Rita Gorawara Bhat
Bhat is of Indian descent. His parents are immigrants to the United States. His father Srikanth is a metallurgical engineer. Bhat's interest in computers began when he received his first computer at three years old. From 2002 -2006, Bhat attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained both bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science, in a total of 4 years.
SiegeSoft was written by Bhat during the summer of 1999, while a sophomore at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. When a summer pre-calculus class he wished to take was canceled, he instead spent the time writing SiegeSoft as an anonymity software program to allow users to surf the internet without leaving a trail.
Originally sold online, SiegeSoft hides subscribers' identities when they use the internet and scrambles records of sites visited. Though competing software began to materialize online, SiegeSoft was determined to be both more secure and easier to use than existing software. Rocca Resources, a Vancouver-based mineral-exploration company, purchased SiegeSoft from Bhat for $40,000 cash, 1.5 million shares of Rocca stock, plus shares in Rocca's first two years of profits in exchange for Bhat's continued work on refining the program. Rocca later purchased the startup MyEdesk.com from Bhat and his partner Chaitanya Mehra, with each receiving 110,000 shares of Rocca stock.
Bhat received widespread media attention in 2000 for the sale of his software startups at a relatively young age. Among others, he was profiled as a youg entepreneur and/or interviewed by media giants such as ABC's Good Morning America, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Sun-Times.
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