My Role Model-Suhas Gopinath

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My Role Model-Suhas Gopinath

The story of this 22-year-old Bangalore boy who launched his own firm at the young age of 14 years.

Gopinath (born November 4, 1986) is the CEO and co-founder of Global Inc.-an up- coming IT company that produces Web sites and software, employs 400 people around the world and become a national icon. The Limca Book of Records - the Indian version of the Guniess Book of Records - lists him as the world's Youngest CEO.

Suhas Gopinath started a software company at the age 14 and since become one of the most remarkable success stories of the Indian IT boom. Now he's 22 and runs a world-class business with 400 employees.

In 2005, an investing firm from Houston, Texas offered him $100 million for majority stake in Global. He refused, “after several months of discussions, admittedly". The reason for his negative response: “Why should I sell my baby?"

The transformation

During the mid-1990s, the first Internet cafes began opening up in Bangalore, with one going into operation next door to Gopinath's house. My brother Shreyas took me there. I was fascinated. The Internet changed my life, he says. He spent every spare minute online.

He learned himself how to build Web sites. He spent every rupee he had in the internet cafe, says his mother. Gopinath admits, I had been a good student up until then. After I discovered the internet, I was an average student. Before finding cyberspace, he had dreams of becoming a veterinarian.

His first project

In 1998, when he was 13, Gopinath launched his first website: www.coolhindustan.com. I wanted to provide Indians all over the world with a forum to post public events, tips for eating out and everything else they're interested in, he recalls. The Web site became popular - including with hackers in Pakistan. They attacked cool Hindustan and replaced the Web site's logo with "Cool Pakistan". That was a terrible experience, Suhas says today. He abandoned the project....
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