Before computers really became capable of processing information using super algorithms and advanced data crunching, one man was already focused on building databases containing big data. That man is Vinod Gupta who put together quite an immense database at his former company InfoGROUP, though he had additional subsidiaries who provided market research for it.
He now is the CEO of a cloud-based CRM company known as InfoFREE. This company gives small businesses and sales representatives the tools they need to effectively target specific customer demographics, and then formulate new team collaboration strategies using that data. Gupta is excited about where new big data trends are going and likes where his new company is going.
Vinod Gupta came from a small rural village in India and was raised in a family that had almost no money. But he worked and studied hard, and after completing his bachelor’s degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, he made it to the US with one suitcase of clothes and $58. Vinod Gupta completed grad school and then went to work for a mobile home manufacturing company in Omaha, NE.
Gupta had the task of gathering up information of mobile home dealers all over the US, and since his business lists were out of date, he bought yellow page phone books from every state and had to have a truck take them to his apartment. Gupta then built a new contact list which he then made a deal with the company that it was theirs, but he would be allowed to sell it to their competitors.
Vinod Gupta then borrowed $100 to invest in mailers so he could send out copies of his list, but then he decided to turn it into a completely separate company. He expanded his lists from mobile home dealers to all kinds of other dealers, and by the 1970s he and his small workforce were making thousands of dollars in sales, and the company started growing. It became known as InfoGROUP and opened offices across the US, and eventually around the world. Read This Article for more information.
Gupta would later sell the company and start his family office, the Everest Group, but in the meantime he had also begun the Gupta Foundation which helped open many new business schools both in India and the US. Gupta also was a friend and contributor to former President Bill Clinton and his White House bid, and at one time he served in the US Consulate in Bermuda.
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