One little “like” made me notice Gurbaksh Chahal

Source: Via.me via Åsa on Pinterest

This picture of a fish made by the Swedish artist Tyra Lundgren with a reflection of my iPhone cover with Paul Frank’s Julius the Monkey is the reason to why I noticed Gurbaksh Chahal. You see, I visited the exhibition showing Tyra Lundgren’s work at Gotlands museum, took this pic and uploaded it to my Via.me-account. Some people liked this pic and when it is someone I don’t know, I usually check them up. Then I saw that Gurbaksh Chahal had liked my pic. So I checked him up at his Via.me account. And I got a pleasant surprise because he seemed to be a pro-user, meaning that he had an almost perfect mixture of business and private stuff published on Via.me.

I got curious and then I had to check him up even more as soon as I could sit down by my MacBook. I guess, for all of you who lives in US Gurbaksh Chahal is well known, but I live in Sweden. I’ve never heard of him before I started to google, the following text is from his About.me page:

At the age of 16, Gurbaksh 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.

So, that’s quite impressing, right? But the thing with this guy is that even though he really know how to make money, he also seem to have an understanding about the meaning of life which can be tracked back to his roots in India and his background: his family moved to US when he was four years old and even though they were very optimistic about building up their lives in this country with so many opportunities, they didn’t have much money to start with… It’s a rather classical american story about the self-made man I think, but I don’t think it’s usual for the ”average self-made man” to use his success for giving back to humanity and also to honor his grandmother as his prime role model. And I don’t think it usual for a rich man in US to have a positive view about paying the taxes.

I think it’s wonderful to see how he has managed to shape his own kind of success in a way that’s more than just earning money. And in the video clip below he’s talking about The BeProud Foundation that is about being proud for being just the way you are.

I’m amazed when I think about how social media let us get in touch with each other across the globe and I’m very happy that Gurbaksh liked my pic so that I could discover who he is.

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