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About Gurbaksh Chahal

Die Hard Entrepreneur. Love innovation & building amazing companies. Founder of ClickAgents, BlueLithium, RadiumOne, Gravity4 & The Chahal Foundation.

Gurbaksh Chahal | If You Genuinely Want Something, Don’t Wait For It. Teach Yourself To Be Impatient.

If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it. Teach yourself to be impatient. This has been one of the biggest themes of the way I’ve lived my life. I’m not a patient person. I don’t view patience as a virtue. I like to talk about the virtue of impatience. When I get an idea [...]

By | 2017-06-08T06:27:00+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | The Journey on How to Become an Extrovert

It was the first day of fourth grade...an embarrassing day that was seared into my memory for life. For a boy who was naturally shy and introverted I cringed, as I became the center of attention. There I was clad head to toe in yellow: bright yellow slacks, a bright yellow shirt and a matching [...]

By | 2017-06-23T06:53:16+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | State of My Industry: More Bullish Than Ever

The state of my industry—online advertising—is strong. And getting stronger all the time. In fact, over the course of my 15 years in the industry, I’ve never been more bullish and optimistic about the prospects that lie ahead. I've seen the industry evolve from brokerage, commodity and entering a new era of automation. This year [...]

By | 2017-06-23T06:51:04+00:00 March 25th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | When you come from nothing, everything becomes limitless.

Six years ago today, I signed my first book publishing deal to write The Dream, a memoir of my life journey of coming to America, dropping out of high school and by the age of 25 founding two companies worth $340 million. Since, then I’ve continued my love for entrepreneurship and have grown my fourth company, [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:45:40+00:00 March 17th, 2014|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Revenge is Sweet. Really? Lebron James vs. Samsung

How should Samsung exact revenge on Lebron James? That was the question being asked by anchors on CNBC after the NBA superstar’s mega-gaffe tweeting about losing all of the data on his phone. King James, who’s a high profile part of Samsung’s $14 billion marketing campaign, tweeted to his 12 million followers: “My phone just [...]

By | 2017-06-27T06:36:06+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Thoughts|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Rise of the Social Executive: How Social Media Builds Brands and Causes

Every executive needs to understand the power of social media to help drive awareness for his company and his own personal brand. The dynamics of the digital world dictate that any business leader who doesn’t stay on top of the ever-changing landscape is destined to see their business erode or be deemed irrelevant. Whether you [...]

By | 2017-06-08T06:19:49+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Bouncing Back After Setbacks

One thing that’s absolutely certain about life is that there are going to be innumerable setbacks along the way. It absolutely goes with the territory. Once you accept that fact and are prepared to deal with it you are setting yourself up for success. The ability to bounce back is one of the most important [...]

By | 2017-06-08T06:17:12+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | The Difference between Dreamers and Winners: 1% Idea, 99% Execution.

Show me a person with a vision, the passion to win, and the absolute will & desire to succeed. And, I’ll tell you that success is inevitable. If you don't read the entire article. Just remember one rule when it comes to business. 99% of the work is execution, 1% is only the idea. That's [...]

By | 2017-06-08T06:14:52+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Top 4 Ways To Enter New Markets

At Gravity4 we’ve just taken a bold move and expanded into six new markets overseas—Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Australia this quarter. This move follows our phenomenal growth in the UK, France and Canada building on our initial success in the U.S. As you can imagine opening up new markets is a complicated undertaking [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:37:11+00:00 March 11th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | What We Can All Learn from Matthew McConaughey

On March 2nd, 2014 Matthew McConnaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Motion Picture: Dallas Buyers Club. What I most liked about the Oscars was actually his speech. It was powerful and resonated with me. In his acceptance speech, he mentioned: There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:25:45+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Top 10 Characteristics of Emotionally Strong Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs inevitably encounter numerous obstacles from the first day they have a business dream. It’s an arduous journey to make and just as inevitably many business people fall at the first hurdle, or the second or third. To make the transition from would-be entrepreneur to successful entrepreneur requires an abundance of positive character traits. In [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:23:12+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Understanding Rejection & Happiness

On February 20th, 2014 I  hosted another guest lecture at Pace University. A place that holds a very special place in my heart. In 2008, I served as a keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Pace University Pitch Contest. In 2009, I served as their Entrepreneur in Residence. In 2010, I officially started the Gurbaksh [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:21:29+00:00 March 5th, 2014|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Why It’s Better To Be The Best Rather Than The First

So many entrepreneurs want to have first-mover advantage. You feel compelled to get your breakthrough product into the marketplace ahead of the competition. You want the bragging rights of being the first and, of course, you know that because you’re ahead of the pack you will easily establish a dominant position. Right? Except, it’s not [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:20:29+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Dream Big. Hustle Harder.

If you ask any entrepreneur, what defines success? Some might say their product, their vision, or a cool feature they’ve developed. But, that’s actually wrong. What makes success is simpler, it’s people. It’s the DNA you inspire, you create, that magnifies into something greater than you ever imagined. It’s infectious as it can cross boundaries [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:15:57+00:00 February 28th, 2014|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Avoid the Top Four Fatal Startup Mistakes of 2013

Startups stand little chance of making it. Sadly, three out of four companies are doomed to fail. But not your company. You’re going to be one of the 25 percent that succeed — If you’re willing to listen to some advice and steer clear of some fundamental and fatal mistakes that many entrepreneurs make. I’ve made [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:10:11+00:00 February 25th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | 6 Keys To Striking A Balance Between Business And Family

There’s an ongoing battle that most entrepreneurs and high-flying business professionals wage within themselves. And that’s how to balance their time between their personal and professional lives. When you’re building your own business or passionately pursuing the career of your dreams it’s all too easy to throw yourself into it all hours of the day [...]

By | 2017-06-07T07:08:53+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | All the Major Companies worth less than WhatsApp

Today, Facebook announced the acquisition of WhatsApp, the largest acquisition of any venture backed company in history. Started in 2009, the Company only raised $8 million and today is used by 450 million users globally across their mobile devices per month. Another remarkable stat is that - it only has 50 employees and never embraced [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:57:13+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | What We Can All Learn from Nelson Mandela

No-one doubts that over the course of the last century Nelson Mandela was one of the giants on the world stage. When he died in December 2013 there was a joyous celebration of his life and of his remarkable accomplishments that poured into the streets of South Africa and was instantly transmitted across the globe. [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:55:12+00:00 February 18th, 2014|Business, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | The Eleven Rules of Life-Fiction for our Youth

Here's an excerpt from the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator Charles Sykes.  It is a list of eleven things you did not learn in school and directed at high school and college grads. While some of these are very blunt, I think our youth definitely needs to understand what they are going to [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:53:06+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Career|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Men’s Health March 2014: The Best Buck I Ever Spent

I was lucky to be interviewed on Men's Health March 2014 alongside Steve "Woz" Wozniak, Jim Cramer, Sir Richard Branson, and various other great personalities. We were all asked one question, outside of all the successes we may have encountered in our lives, "What was the best buck you ever spent?" Here's a short story, [...]

By | 2017-06-09T07:13:02+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Learning How to Learn: What Business Leaders Need to Know

The world is changing at a rapidly accelerating pace. What you learn today can quickly become outdated. HOW to learn, though, is a skill that lasts a lifetime. When you think about it—it makes sense for us to be taught how to learn before we are taught any specific subject matter. But rarely, if ever, does that [...]

By | 2017-06-08T06:18:22+00:00 February 9th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Building a Team for Long-Term Growth

When you step on the first rung of the entrepreneurial ladder your team is often a team of one—and that’s you. You wear all of the hats and work all hours of the day as you strive to realize your dream. And, if you’re like me, you do it all from the bedroom of your [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:43:48+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Life: A Speech by Brian Dyson

If you need any words of encouragement. Here’s a speech I recently came across that resonates with me on what “balance” really means in life from the former CEO of Coca-Cola, Brian Dyson. Hope it does it for you as well… Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:39:13+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Entrepreneurship, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Monday Morning Inspiration: Life is Precious

Want some morning Monday inspiration? Then here you go. These are the life lessons from "The Last Lecture" by the late Randy Pausch - the lecture that captivated the world and now inspires millions. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things. Experience is what you get [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:35:49+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Oprah

Happy 60th Birthday Oprah! There aren’t many people in the world who are instantly recognizable by their first names. Oprah is one of them. She celebrated her birthday today and in the course of her remarkable life journey has scored success after success in many different aspects of human endeavor. I know that from my [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:26:20+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Entrepreneurship, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Getting the Salary You Deserve

How much are you worth? It's a touchy subject for most business professionals no matter how many years experience you have under your belt. For some reason most people find establishing one's salary with a prospective employer a difficult conversation to have. You may have negotiated multi-million-dollar deals. You may have worked with senior executives [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:23:40+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Career|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | 10 Habits That Can Lead to Success

Success doesn’t come by accident. It comes from consistent hard work in pursuit of a dream. It comes from a passion that drives you, day and night. And it also comes from constantly and diligently employing some key habits that position you for greatness. Over the past three years my new venture, Gravity4, has in every [...]

By | 2017-06-08T06:10:05+00:00 January 12th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | 2014: The Year Advertising Gets Personal

As we enter 2014, advertising is shifting in many ways. One thing that is not changing, however, is ads themselves. Consumers are exposed to hundreds of ads per day across several touch points. Unfortunately, the majority of those ads are still of no interest to the consumer. This will be the year marketers learn how [...]

By | 2017-06-08T06:04:52+00:00 January 8th, 2014|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Success with a Moral Compass

Nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. You will never see success without hard work, determination and the ability to make tough decisions. Sometimes you have to be ruthless for the sake of the company, your employees and, of course, yourself. But it’s equally as important to have a strong moral code and to conduct yourself [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:12:44+00:00 December 23rd, 2013|Business, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Do You Really Need to Make New Year Resolutions?

The start of a New Year is as good a time as any to make resolutions. Every business leader should have new goals and make sure they achieve those goals on an ongoing basis, anyway. But the New Year gives us an annual opportunity to review our priorities and make fresh commitments. It provides us [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:07:43+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Why Mobile Will Become the Dominant Screen for Advertising

In his article on Facebook and the growth of mobile ads, Farhad Manjoo of the Wall Street Journal talks about the somewhat unexpected success of mobile ads over the past year and the growing tolerance that consumers (including himself) have for them. From where I sit, now on my third ad tech startup, I agree with [...]

By | 2017-06-08T05:56:05+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Top Five Predictions for 2014 in Advertising

In 2014, we'll see brands and agencies harness digital advertising in a way that integrates seamlessly with people's busy lives, whether through location retargeting on their mobile devices, predictive analytics or the intelligent automation of the ad buying process. Consumers send buying signals every day to advertisers and the brands that figure out how to [...]

By | 2017-06-07T06:02:51+00:00 December 18th, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | The Art of Listening

One of the first crucial lessons I learned when I first went into business at the ripe old age of sixteen was how to listen. This was due to the fact that all of my business dealings happened on the phone since my ‘office’ was in fact my bedroom in my parents’ house. I was [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:55:10+00:00 December 17th, 2013|Business, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Big Idea 2014: Geo-Targeting Is Everywhere

Mobile phones have quickly become the remote controls to our daily lives. Next year brands will begin utilizing location-based data to more effectively reach consumers and successfully convert customers across the web and mobile. eMarketer estimates that mobile ad spend will spike from $8.4 billion in 2012 to $37 billion in 2016. But in order for the [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:46:35+00:00 December 10th, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Addicted2Success.com Interview with Joel Brown

Joel – The first company you created “Click Agents” was founded by you at the age of 16 and not long after that, it sold for $40 million. Nine years later you sold your second company “Blue Lithium” to Yahoo for $300 Million. Making close to half a billion dollars in the space of 9 years, [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:43:16+00:00 November 28th, 2013|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Swinging for the Fences: The Billion-Dollar Company

If you want to start a billion dollar company, there are three things you should know: The odds aren’t good At the moment, there were only 39 companies in the United States that are worth over $1 billion that started within the last 10 years. But, about 50,000 new companies get funded every year, so [...]

By | 2017-06-08T05:48:49+00:00 November 27th, 2013|Business, Entrepreneurship, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Nailing the Job Interview

In the course of my career, I have interviewed hundreds of prospective employees, and I’m always amazed by the way so many of them get the process so wrong. At the end of the day, the interview is really about one thing: Making the person across the table fall in love with you . Here [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:40:41+00:00 November 26th, 2013|Career|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | I’m a CEO With A Paycheck of $0–And You Should Join Me

We're all aware how A-list actors such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt usually make about $20 million up front and then 10% of the back-end to appear in a new motion picture. But if a performer really believes in their ability to bring people into theaters, the smart ones take far less, sometimes even zero dollars for a [...]

By | 2017-06-23T05:46:56+00:00 November 13th, 2013|Business, Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Success is the Best Revenge

People want others to fail because that is human nature.  People will not gloat about success.  They will gloat about failure.  It’s just the fact of life. In the first stage of my company I had no money.  I had no education.  I had every reason to need to succeed, so I succeeded and I [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:34:00+00:00 July 14th, 2013|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Success is a Healthy Addiction

There are good addictions and there are bad addictions.  Good entrepreneurs, serial entrepreneurs, become addicted to success where they want to challenge themselves from one step to the next step. A lot of the times people are only motivated by money and sometimes they have one hit and that’s it or sometimes they basically have [...]

By | 2017-06-08T05:45:38+00:00 July 13th, 2013|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Lessons from a High School Dropout

At the age of 16 I dropped out to start my first company and I think the advantage that ended up happening at that time is when you’re young you really don’t have the concept of failure.  You don’t really have the concept of fear. That’s why even when you’re younger than that you can [...]

By | 2017-06-09T07:14:38+00:00 July 11th, 2013|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Election 2016: How Big Data + Social Data Will Determine the Next President

The presidential election means big business for the ad industry, with a whopping $6 billion spent on 2012 election ads last year across all media according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Last year’s election broke records, both at the poll and in the boardroom, with recent figures confirming the 2012 election as the most expensive [...]

By | 2017-06-08T05:37:16+00:00 June 25th, 2013|Thoughts|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Time For A Trading Desk? Consider These Factors

Marketers are accustomed to investing quite a lot of capital to build their core audiences. Until now, that’s mostly meant collecting mounds of data from multiple sources such as agencies, in-house metrics, marketing analytics companies and the social web, analyzing this data for trends and relevant insights before extracting the actionable information and deciding where [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:27:23+00:00 June 7th, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Why Perfectionists Won’t Finish First

I meet a lot of entrepreneurs that actually fall on the side of being perfectionists and perfectionists are those people that need everything to be tightened up, need everything to be coded correctly and need everything to look a certain way before they press the on button. In my opinion those entrepreneurs never succeed because [...]

By | 2017-06-09T07:17:48+00:00 May 30th, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | The Advantage of Being Young and Fearless

At the age of 16 I dropped out of school to start my first company and I think the advantage that ended up happening at that time is when you’re young you really don’t have the concept of failure. You don’t really have the concept of fear. That’s why even when you’re younger than that you [...]

By | 2017-06-09T07:54:41+00:00 May 28th, 2013|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | ‘Now’ Moments – The Golden Ticket of Social

With the proliferation of real-time social technologies, marketing has quickly moved away from traditional display ad channels towards how brands can better harness “now” moments. The highly-anticipated release of Twitter's ad API will accelerate this trend as brands learn to automate their Twitter campaigns and compare the results with what they are currently doing in [...]

By | 2017-06-08T05:29:07+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | How to Create Jobs and Hire an A List Team

Although startups and tech companies are widely known to be job creators, they can also be volatile due to the competitive industry in which they exist. Despite their innovative and often game-changing approach, startups function in a high-risk environment with the chance of being squeezed out at any moment. However, with that risk comes endless [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:15:08+00:00 February 6th, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Predictions for Online Advertising in 2013

Advertising is one of the most dynamic and creative industries on the planet, and one that changes rapidly with each passing second. The field of ad technology, in particular, is constantly propelled forward by the introduction of new innovations and approaches for harnessing online intelligence to attract potential customers. For the first LinkedIn post on [...]

By | 2017-06-07T05:02:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | No Chris Brown, My Father Is Not a Terrorist

Hate isn't something we understand when we're born; it's something we're taught. Even the 2012 presidential election exposed the country to weakness by calling into question ethics, character and abilities. It's embarrassing to realize some even questioned the birthplace and religion of our sitting president as even a topic. And on Election Day, instead of [...]

By | 2017-06-23T05:35:03+00:00 November 20th, 2012|Philanthropy|0 Comments

What Gurbaksh Chahal Learned Starting a Foundation

To achieve success, you have to go through an incredible journey of ups and downs. And once you do, you feel humbled. I've realized the beauty of the American Dream is that once you've seen it, you start to think about ways to give back. I've been fortunate to be part of three successful entrepreneurial [...]

By | 2017-06-23T05:29:20+00:00 November 15th, 2012|Philanthropy|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Explains how to Find the Courage to Start a Business

Fear is your worst enemy – risk is your best friend. The best thing about the unknown is the meaning itself: If success were guaranteed, the journey wouldn't be the same. And the journey is actually what inspires and shapes us to understand that success isn't supposed to be easy, it's supposed to be worth it. [...]

By | 2017-06-06T08:45:32+00:00 October 15th, 2012|Entrepreneurship, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Job Creation and Hiring in Silicon Valley, From the Perspective of a Serial Entrepreneur

It's no surprise that startups and tech companies are the forerunners in job creation, and Silicon Valley startups are leading the pack. Silicon Valley startups create 11-percent more jobs than NYC startups and 38-percent more jobs than London startups. There is endless potential for innovation at startups in the valley, and these companies are looking for the best [...]

By | 2017-06-23T05:14:57+00:00 September 12th, 2012|Business, Career|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Contributes to Something Greater than Ourselves

Gurbaksh Chahal has always known that business is the most primitive game in the world. Failure is always just around the corner, yet discipline and ambition drive us to overcome. The ladder to success isn’t as vertical as people imagine—it has the ability to reshape your life before you finally succeed. Business changes you. It [...]

By | 2017-06-06T08:39:27+00:00 May 17th, 2012|Entrepreneurship, Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Greed is Bad. Insatiable Ambition Might Get You the Job

Being a fish out of water drove Gurbaksh Chahal to make his own ocean. By the age of 26, he had built and sold two internet ad companies for a total of $340 million. G’s own ravenous appetite for success set him on the path, but hiring people as hungry as himself has kept his [...]

By | 2017-06-06T08:34:41+00:00 June 17th, 2011|Business|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Graduation Commencement Speech at Evergreen College

Below is the commencement speech I delivered to the graduating class at Evergreen College on May 28th, 2010. Thank you, Evergreen College, for asking me to speak here today. I feel honored. Everything starts with a dream, a particle of our imagination that teases us of what the future could be like, as long as [...]

By | 2017-06-06T08:31:54+00:00 May 17th, 2010|Motivational|0 Comments

Gurbaksh Chahal | Honorary Doctorate Acceptance Speech

Today is a very special day and marks an important day in history not only for myself but also for my family. I feel truly honored to be here. Eleven years ago, I made the decision to drop out of high school and pursue my love for business. Getting this award and an honorary doctoral [...]

By | 2017-06-06T08:30:27+00:00 April 28th, 2010|Motivational|0 Comments