Vinod Gupta has made a long march to where he sees himself today. He was once a small child from a small village who knew he was destined for great things. Gupta went to college at the Indian Institute of Technology, studying agricultural engineering. After graduating from U of N in Lincoln, Nebraska, he worked as a research analyst for Commodore Corporation. Needing more from his profession, he borrows $100 to mail letters to companies who would want his database services. This work spectacularly well and in 1972, Vinod Gupta started American Business information. Due to the level of service, ABI became a company worth over 500 million dollars. It was at this point that Gupta decided he wanted to step down as the Chief executive, only to return in the next year, renaming the company. Under this new name, the company continued to grow until it sold in 2010. Upon its sale it had a value of 680 million dollars.
While he presently serves at his current position of managing General partner for Everest Group, a venture capital company, Vinod Gupta has new interest in more magnanimous pursuits. Focusing on education, Gupta has built schools in impoverished parts of India, and he funds courses at the University back in Nebraska. One of his most generous gesture to date has been a donation of 1 million dollars to the Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic School, a women’s polytechnic School. This school focuses on technology, and here the women can earn their degrees in as little as 24 months. He has also set up a girl’s school in his old village. he has provided textbooks, buses, lunches, and other assistance to the school. In addition to this, he also has numerous foundations in his name, and to honor his son Ben.
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