Vinod Gupta is a managing general partner that was born in a small village on July 4th, 1946 North of New Delhi, India. After graduating high school in his local village Vinod’s family helped him obtain the money he needed to move to Lincoln, Nebraska to further his education in engineering. After completing his graduate work, Vinod began working at Commodore Corporation as a marketing research analyst. While carrying out a task, the idea struck Vinod to compile all phone books to make a better available list available to everyone. Turned out that Vinod had reconfigured a product that was in demand and began making him a large income.
13 years later the database was complete and growing with a continuous demand. Today Vinod’s directory, infoUSA (formerly known as American Business Information), has information that has been derived from 5,200 different phone directories including all the United States and Canada. Vinod invested $100 initially and was sold in 2010 for $680 million. Vinod has since contributed large sums of money to many major charities including IIT –Kharagpur.