He’s not even 30, but Gurbaksh Chahal is already a multimillionaire entrepreneur. At present, he serves as chairman and CEO of RadiumOne, a real-time advertising company which he also founded. RadiumOne is already Chahal’s third business venture, though. His first one was ClickAgents, which he started at age 16 after dropping out of high school and sold for $40 million in 2000.
Less than four years later, Chahal established his second company, BlueLithium. Within three years, the online advertising network was bought by Yahoo Inc. for $300 million.
As a young kid growing up in East San Jose, California, Chahal was bullied by his peers for being different. He didn’t let this deter him, however, and drew strength and inspiration from his tight-knit family.
Chahal’s advice for young entrepreneurs is to not get discouraged by stereotypes. “If you forget your own age, you’ll get so focused on the business that you become ultra-confident and people will forget to question how old you are.”