Gurbaksh Chahal is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Gravity4, a technology company in online advertising.
At the age of 16, Gurbaksh Chahal dropped out of high school to pursue his dream as an entrepreneur and started his first company, ClickAgents. It was one of the first ad networks focused around performance based advertising. Eighteen months later, he sold it for $40 million to ValueClick.
In January 2004, Gurbaksh founded his second company, BlueLithium, this time with an insight into sophisticated new ways that data, optimization, and analytics could help web advertisers with behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America for three years in a row by AlwaysOn. In 2006, it joined Google, Skype, and Salesforce.com in being named Innovator of the Year. In 2007, Yahoo acquired BlueLithium for $300 million in cash.
After BlueLithium, Gurbaksh started his third start-up, RadiumOne. RadiumOne is the first real-time bidding (RTB) enabled display audience network with social and mobile capabilities. Through its proprietary and patent-pending social retargeting technology, RadiumOne allows companies to take advantage of the ever-increasing amount of social data on the internet to zero in on the consumers most likely to be receptive to their messages. This helps not only companies, but also potential customers since they are presented with messages more relevant to their needs. RadiumOne is headquartered in San Francisco, and is funded by several prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
Following a 2014 conviction for battery and domestic violence, RadiumOne's Board of Directors terminated Chahal as the company's Chairman and CEO.
In April 2010, Chahal was awarded the Leaders in Management Award and an Honorary Doctorate degree in commercial science from Pace University in 2010 in recognition for his career achievements as an entrepreneur. Much of that story Chahal himself told in his international best-selling book, The Dream.
Gurbaksh's successes as an entrepreneur has also been noted in The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, and BusinessWeek. He has also been profiled on Oprah Winfrey Show, Bonnie Hunt, and EXTRA.
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Jul 17, 2014 - Current (over 2 years)
Jul, 2014 - Current (over 2 years)
|Sep 1, 2016||TechCrunch - Despite looming jail time, Gurbaksh Chahal is back as Gravity4 CEO|
|Aug 15, 2016||Business Insider Australia - The 10 things in advertising you need to know today|
|Aug 13, 2016||Business Insider Australia - Former tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal sentenced to one year in jail|
|Aug 12, 2016||Houston Chronical - Internet mogul gets year in jail in domestic violence case|
|Aug 12, 2016||Business Insider (tech) - Former tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal sentenced to one year in jail|
|Aug 12, 2016||Venture Beat - Former Gravity4 CEO Gurbaksh Chahal sentenced to a year in jail|
|Aug 12, 2016||Seattle PI - Internet mogul accused of attacks faces probation sentencing|
|Aug 12, 2016||Boston Tech Flash - Ad tech startup executive G Chahal sentenced to 1 year in jail|