TV personality, Advertising entrepreneur, Gurbaksh “G” Singh Chahal

18 09 2008

g1Gurbaksh Singh Chahal, known to his friends as “G,” is an award winning American entrepreneur who has created companies worth over $340 million. He is the Founder & CEO of two advertising companies which were sold for over $340 million.

G grew up as a Sikh in California, the religion that requires wearing a turban. He recalls,

Once when I was 10, I went to the local elementary school to play basketball. While I was playing, two kids were saying derogatory things to me. One said, “Come here.” He pulled a knife on me and told me to take my blue turban off.

I untied it, handed it to him and ran for my life. I was more or less in shock.

Yet that only made G more determined to succeed. At the age of 16, Gurbaksh noticed a called DoubleClick was providing Internet ad services. He figured that they would need to track visits online at some point and found a developer who was selling that technology for $30,000.

G and his 19 year old brother didn’t have money but made arrangements to pay the software engineer $30,000 in 90 days after testing the software.

He then went online and incorporated the company for $99.

In 3 months, he made $100,000 and realized he had a business, ClickAgents. When Gurbaksh showed his father his bank account, his dad asked, ““Is this legal?”

His dad supported G and he soon dropped out of high school growing his business until he was making a $1 million a month in revenue–ultimately selling the company 2 years later for $40 million.

In 2004, he started BlueLithium, an advertising network, that was named Top Innovator by AlwaysOn. What made it different? G was able to serve highly targeted ads on the Web by monitoring everyone’s clickstream. In October of last year, Yahoo bought the company for $300 million cash.

G was 25 years old at the time. Gurbaksh Singh Chahal is now working on his next start-up gWallet, a new prime-time network show, “Secret Millionaire” on Fox premiering December 3rd, 2008, and releasing his book, “The Dream” 5 days later.

Guys, G is going to have an incredible career, let’s follow along by reading his blog: http://blog.chahal.com/

Source
http://www.chahal.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/jobs/07boss.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=Gurbaksh%20Chahal&st=cse&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurbaksh_Chahal
http://money.cnn.com/2006/09/15/technology/disruptors_bluelithium.biz2/index.htm

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World’s most famous artist, seen hundreds of millions of times each week, Googler Dennis Hwang

19 08 2008

Dennis Hwang has seriously got one of the coolest jobs on the planet. This artist designs Google’s logos like the ones here.

Dennis’ first logo was in honor of Bastille Day, July 14, 2000, at the request of Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dennis moved to Korea when he was about five years old and returned to Knoxville to graduate from Bearden High School. He notes,

Actually, much of my ideas and style stem from the time I spent during my childhood in Korea. Whatever challenges the logos bring, I can often rely on the little doodles that I used to do in school when I was young. Something that used to be frowned upon turned out to be my greatest asset.

Dennis is in charge of all of Google’s webmasters and designing the logos is only about 20% of his job. See him doodle right before your eyes: here.

He  says,

“artists’ birthdays are the most precious to me […] I’ve always studied art history and trying to imitate their style is the most pressure.”

Dennis greatly admires artists such as Claude Monet. Thanks Em.

Source

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/07/19/google.logo/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Hwang