Vinod Gupta, The Yellow Pages Guru

 

Vinod Gupta is a native from Rampur Manhyaran India a village that would be considered by many as third world being that it lacks running water, electricity, roads, or toilets. Gupta is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and holds a title of Agricultural Engineer and a Masters of Business administration.

Upon graduation Vinod Gupta received work at Commodore Corporation, a nationally renowned company located in Omaha Nebraska that boasts having 18 mobile home manufacturing plants throughout the United States.

During his time at Commodore and with only $100 in his pocket Gupta obtained all 4800 Yellow Pages telephone directory books from across the country in efforts to create an up-to-date list of every mobile home dealer in the United States.

Shocked by the abundance of phone books in the office Commodore management gave Gupta an ultimatum to either abolish all the Yellow Pages from the office or termination would be imposed.

When Gupta finished the list he requested a sum of $9000 from Commodore for it, or for the list to be sold independently by him to Commodore’s competitors at a selected cost per list. When faced with this decision Commodore officials chose not to exclusively purchase Gupta’s list. Read This Article to learn more.

Using his $100 Gupta marketed his list via mailers to ever mobile home manufacturing company on his list, Gupta received immediate orders for it as high as $22,000.

With his new found income Gupta founded American Business Lists, a company dedicated to acquiring information dependent on information found in Yellow Pages across the country. Soon after the acquisition of several related companies, American Business Lists became infoUSA and its focus became providing business information through its database.

Since Gupta’s initial $100 investment Gupta has raised over $3 million towards charitable business organizations in India which focus on education, Gupta values education, and attributes his success to it. He is known to advocate to promoting the value of education, especially Women’s Education.

Gupta has since received several prestigious awards and currently serves on various civic and educational boards.

 

More about Gupta on https://interview.net/vinod-gupta/

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