Born in a village with no roads, no electricity and no toilets Vinod Gupta would not let these circumstances define him for the rest of his life. He was determined to make a better life for himself, and he recognized education as one of the key drivers of his American Dream. Upon completing High School, he would join the Indian Institutes of Technology majoring in Agricultural Engineering. After completion of his studies here he would move to the United States in 1967 where he had been admitted to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He spent his first two years here studying for his Masters in Agricultural Engineering before embarking on a Master’s in Business Administration.
His first job would be with Commodore Corporation, where he was a marketing research analyst. Being responsible for evaluating rival companies Vinod Gupta had to come up with a way of doing this efficiently. He came up with a list from all the 4800 yellow page books. This seemingly trivial task would set out to be his golden goose. Commodore offered to have a copy of the list for free while Vinod got the freedom to sell it to others. His 100$ investment would soon turn into $22,000.
With the success of his first venture, Gupta founded the Business Research Services & American Business List. The business focused on providing custom lists from information available on telephone books. His business with two employees at the time would expand rapidly as he added more industries into the database. This would prove to be a lucrative industry as they expanded into offering Business-to-business marketing information.
All this success was before the advent of the internet, and it would prove to Vinod Gupta that with determination everything was possible. Over the years, Vinod has given back to the community and is especially committed to education. Vinod Gupta acknowledges that its one the most effective tools of fighting poverty and as such has been very determined to grow education in India.
He opened the Vinod Gupta School of Management, and today the institution is considered top of its class in offering management courses. Click Here for more information.