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


Gurbaksh Chahal Business

June 17, 2011

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 companies great.

Gurbaksh Chahal, also known as ‘G’, was a multimillionaire by the age of 18. Yet he won’t hire anyone whose dream is to make money. To innovate and win, G says, a business needs a team of “rock stars” at every level––ambitious creatives hungry for success.

Chahal knows all about hunger. As a three year old, he emigrated with his family from Punjab, India to San Jose, California. His family of seven shared a one-room apartment. As the only kid in school wearing a turban, G faced constant verbal and physical abuse. “It made me realize,” he says, “that it’s a cruel world out there and you’ve got to make the best of it. You’ve got to get out there and do it for yourself.”

Wearing his outsider status as a license to take bold risks, Gurbaksh Chahal set off in pursuit of his dream––total self-reliance. At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school to start his first online advertising company, Click Agents. Two years later, he sold the company for $40 million. His next venture, BlueLithium, sold to Yahoo for $300 million. By the age of 26, Chahal had achieved success beyond most entrepreneurs’ lifetime goals.

The addiction to success––something all his employees share––still drives Chahal “to do it bigger and better.” His new business,