Gurbaksh Chahal

Die Hard Entrepreneur | His Inspiring Life Story


[Gurbaksh Chahal]

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

Gurbaksh Singh Chahal has proved this right.

4-time successful entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, guest lecturer, investor, and inspiring philanthropist, Gurbaksh Chahal’s inspiring journey to success is one to be admired, and one that he shares with you.

The Start

[Gurbaksh Singh Chahal]

Don’t believe the world “owes you a living.” Decide to be happy. Don’t hold grudges.

Don’t fear change. Always believe in yourself. Always give back.

The life that Gurbaksh Chahal was born into was, in fact, very different from the life he is blessed to live now. 

He was born July 17, 1982, in the small community village of Tarn Taran, India. At 4 years of age, his parents made the brave decision to move Gurbaksh and his two siblings to San Jose, California, to start a better life for him and his family.

Growing up wasn’t easy. Chahal’s experience of childhood education was poisoned by the bullying and racism he experienced from kindergarten, through to high school. 

During a time when he was living through the horrors of emotional and physical racial abuse at school, it was his family, in particular, his Grandmother who provided loving support and taught him to stay strong, embrace who he was, and follow his dreams. 

These lessons continue to guide Gurbaksh through his life today. 


Gurbaksh Chahal Quotes

3 Of The Best Quotes

“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient.”

“Fear becomes your worst enemy and risk your best friend.”

“Always surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. That seems simple on the surface, but when you get out there, in the real world, you will discover that most people are rooting for you to fail. Stay away from them.”

The Story

Stepping into the business world


“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient.”

The story of Gurbaksh Chahal’s success started when he was just 15 years old. 

Despite the hardships he suffered at school, Chahal was a very ambitious youngster, who set his heart on achieving success in the business world.

After discovering that there was money to be made by buying printers and re-selling them for a higher price on eBay, this small side-hustle quickly turned into a profitable business, from which Chahal could support his family and generate capital to set up the first of his entrepreneurial ventures.

Chahal has never been afraid to break the mold and challenge the status quo in the pursuit of success. At 16, Chahal dropped out of high school and went after his dream of having a career in the dot-com boom. 

In 1999, he assembled the money he made from selling printers and invested it into his first start-up, ClickAgents. Just 2 years down the line, this first-of-its-kind and prospering performance-based advertising network caught the attention of ValueClick. 18-year-old Gurbaksh Chahal later when on to sell ClickAgents to the NASDAQ company (CNVR) for just shy of $40 million.

By the time he was 25 years of age, Gurbaksh had established two fruitful and flourishing start-up businesses in the area of Internet advertising. 

BlueLithium was the second of his entrepreneurial ventures. Founded in 2004, he later went on to sell the business to Yahoo! for an incredible amount of $300 million. 

Two years after the acquisition, he launched RadiumOne in 2009. Chahal’s third start-up became the fastest programmatic platform leveraging social data from around the Web. This was then acquired by RhythmOne, a public company on the London Stock Exchange. 

The Dream


“If you implement the fundamentals in your life; you can achieve success in whatever you pursue.”

Chahal’s humble beginnings, entrepreneurial experiences, and energized ambition have led him to where he is today. His mission is to combine technology, together with his vast network, to build and invest in vibrant businesses that create opportunities for others and help to make the world a better place.


The Chahal Foundation

“I’ve always wanted to make a meaningful impact on the lives of people in different ways. People across the globe. Maybe you think that’s a grandiose statement. But, again, I’ve always believed in thinking big and acting big. It’s the only way to go. It’s the only way I know how to conduct myself.”

Giving back to others is an important personal mission that Gurbaksh Chahal holds close to his heart. He’s always placed importance on staying grounded, remembering where he came from and sharing opportunities with people, as others once did for him. 

On his thirty-second birthday, he set up The Chahal Foundation, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization. The Foundation was originally created to raise awareness about the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting. He was hurt and appalled to see that the violence, hate crimes, and racism he’d experienced as a youngster still existed in the world, but worse, had appeared to have escalated.

Chahal and the team set out to share a clear and simple message, on a mission to make a change. The #BeProud campaign homed in on stopping hate, building hope, accepting others for who they are, and setting an example for future generations.

Since 2012, the Foundation has gone on to grow worldwide. 

Led by the core mission to create limitless dreams, and limitless possibilities, Chahal and his team at the Foundation have positively impacted the lives of thousands of communities, families, and children living in a broad cross-section of society around the world.

The Chahal Foundation continues to focus on 4 key areas:

  • Supporting disaster relief efforts across the world
  • Providing university scholarships and mentorships
  • Improving education facilities in third world countries
  • Creating awareness of key social issues such as #ChildSexTrafficking and #GunReformNow
Gurbaksh Chahal accepting Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Awards and Achievements

Chahal has received widespread recognition for his success, entrepreneurial ambition, and contribution to society and the business world. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Commercial Science from Pace University for his career achievements as an entrepreneur. In 2019, Chahal was awarded for his renowned achievements as a global entrepreneur by the DGSMC with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He is also the proud owner of 11 patents, which he was awarded by the USPTO for developing the underlying ShareGraph™ technology, and, NeuralBank™ technology with several others pending.


The Story Ahead

Chahal has had his own ups and downs in life. But he persevered. With the continuum of unconditional support from his family, Gurbaksh is pursuing his dreams. His relentless pursuit for success represents the trial and triumph for the youth of today. With the iconic success, Chahal has garnered much respect and recognition at such a young age. 

His epic words, “hard work pays off’ have been an inspiration. However, he aspires to achieve more. Hence the saying, “When you cease to dream, you cease to live.”

Dream Big. Hustle harder.