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World's Youngest CEO - Suhas Gopinath - Globals Inc.

Bangalore boy Suhas Gopinath launched Globals Inc at 14. Today, his firm is a 60-member strong with all of them aged 17 to 22 years.

It was Catch-22 with a heartbreaking twist. Even before the first faint stubble had darkened his chin, Suhas Gopinath bagged a major outsourcing project that many others would have given their right hand for. But only to be told that the law said he was too young to sign on the dotted line.

That’s the story of this 17-year-old Bangalore boy wanting to be another Bill Gates. He had launched his own firm at the ripe old age of 14 years. Today, his firm, Globals Inc, is 60-member strong with representatives in the US, the UK, Canada and India—all of them aged 17 to 22 years. None of the members have had any formal computer education. Incidentally, Globals’ young CEO had originally wanted to be a veterinarian, until he was in Class IX and the cyber bug bit him.

‘‘I had no knowledge of the Internet. But when I was browsing the Internet in a cyber cafe I stumbled on a source code of a web site. I was fascinated and thought long and hard. I soon launched my own website, www.coolhindustan.com,’’ says Gopinath, fingering his navy blue blazer and battling a pronounced stammer, at the Bangalore IT.COM 2003 venue. That had happened when he had still not crossed 14 years.

A week later, recognition came when Network Solutions Inc, owned by Nasdaq-listed New York-based Verisign Inc gave him the certificate of a professional web developer. He was invited to Network Solutions headquarters and even asked to maintain their web site. Now hold your breath: ‘‘I declined because I was not interested in serving a US company.’’

Gopinath says it was the attachment to his family and the ambition to start his own organisation that brought him back to India.

Having passed Class XII in computer science, his veterinarian dream has faded off, but he loves spending his free time with Bushy, his pet dog. ‘‘I don’t have girlfriends,’’ the tiny CEO tells you with a straight face. Globals Inc took shape initially with only four members, and Network Solutions helped him to incorporate the company in the US. ‘‘I was told that in India, you need to pay sales tax and also have an infrastructure before you can register a firm. But all our members work from home or from a cyber cafe,’’ he says.

Gopinath’s company is into web-based and software solutions, mobile and e-commerce solutions—besides making web sites for corporates, advertisers and educational institutions. But Gopinath doesn’t get carried away with the pricing part. ‘‘We even have a client in Frankfurt for whom we made a corporate website. In the last two years, we have been able to generate a revenue of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. We charge only Rs 200-Rs 300 for making a website,’’ he says.

Gopinath had never thought of himself and his team as being far too young in their highly competitive domain, until a Singapore-based business process outsourcing (BPO) company, SingT Inc, approached them. ‘‘They wanted to outsource their projects to us. Everything fell into place, until the moment I found that the law wouldn’t allow me to sign the contract because I was not 18 yet.’’

Not that it has been too much of a dampener. He is now waiting to have the necessary infrastructure in place so that he can incorporate his company in India. ‘‘At any cost, ours will be a purely Indian company.’’

Not just that. Globals Inc has approached the University of Michigan for building a message board that can be a forum for students. ‘‘We also approached the Karnataka Government for projects, but they said the Government projects are given out only to big companies. But we too will be a CMM Level 5 company soon,’’ says a confident Gopinath, straightening his blazer.

Gopinath has already put the management structure in place. There is a chief operating officer, chief information officer, chief technology officer and vice-president (Human Resources)—all teenagers. But with only a modest Rs 40,000 revenue to be shared among the members yet, the firm has not yet thought of a chief financial officer. ‘‘Members who use cyber cafes are given some extra money to cover that charges,’’ adds Gopinath.

The boy CEO has now applied to Stanford University and is eagerly waiting for the result. But he has not let go his entrepreneurial spirit. ‘‘If I get into Stanford, I will get business from the US too,’’ he enthuses. His ambition is to found another Microsoft. ‘‘Initially, when my mom used to scold me, I used to give her Bill Gates’s example. He is my role model.’’

Joining Globals Inc is simple, provided you are in the 17-22 year age group. ‘‘The membership is free of cost. Once you fill up the form and enter your skill set, we will assign a project. And you become a part of our family,’’ he says.

For, this 17-year-old believes that academic skill sets are not the end. ‘‘We need more of personal skill sets to achieve goals,’’ he qjavascript:void(0)uips sagely.

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35 comments:

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Allwin Jeba said...

Impressive

Aran said...

Thats wrong the yongest person to own a company is Aran Spencer CEO of Go Adhost.

Aran said...

Dear Webmaster,
The page http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mp/2004/11/11/stories/2004111101280100.htm is wrong the youngest CEO in the world is Aran Spencer-Higgins CEO of Go Adhost www.goadhost.com. Started the company at 11 and now 12.

shivraj said...

such a strage ,cant belive dis....

shyam said...

I like to do business with this guy,very strange and excited.

Rahul said...

where can I get the joining form ??
I would like the company

akshay said...

I want to be like this boy

rahul said...

it is intersting.how can i join this company.i am 19 years oid.

Rashmi said...

Amazingly great to know about such Indian talents. His achievements are tremendous in front of his age.

jaysri said...

hi frnd you r so cool & simply grt gentleman me doing mba frm sastra tanjore my best wishes 2 u 4 ur flourishing colorful business all the very best

Sachin said...

Its being a fantastic opportunity for such a talented person to become a idol in corporate world if our government helps him to go for his motto.

yogesh said...

o yes,,,i am very exited after know about suhas gopinath.and now he is my loving business icon

Poonam said...

Congratulations for the achivements you have made till now and best of luck for the future.

Poonam said...

Poonam // Congratulations For the achivements till now and Best of luck for the future.

priya said...

i am very big fan of suhas gopinath.i'v attended one seminar in lucknow that time i saw and listen him.

maxdeeps said...

Its quite impressive. But quoting such cheap prices for projects is not good. That may make an impression, like... work done in india is so cheap. That may affect other freelancers... what do you think??

cho chweet said...

juz a great boy to achieve whatever he is wishing for

pavan said...

I got a chance to meet him this is one of the greatest moments in my life...

Nemo:)

Give me sme sunshine said...

gud 1
i like this.... he have gud spritto do any thing.
do i get job?

SIR GOMS said...

interesting, i wud like to work wid u. i m persuing B.E.

maha said...

i want suhas gopinath's mail id....

SHRUTHI said...

I came to know adout suhas a long years back in 2006 I have accepted him as a icon in my life.

samwenda@gmail.com said...

am amazed what young minds can do.would wish to get in touch

tokesh said...

Good Luck Man

srk2389 said...

i attended his speech in chennai.. awesome person...
very much impressive and full of spirit...
i would be happy if i get a chance to work wit him..
am pursuing ma B.E in PSG coll of technology

manevaibhav087 said...

Respected Sir,
i am the student of Matrix School Mgt. Studies. today only i know about such a great personality like You.i really inspired by your success in a very small period.
thanking you..........
BY Vaibhav Mane
Email Id:manevaibhav087@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am doing M.E.,control and instrumentation.very impressive to know about YOU. can i get your mail ID.

pinku said...

Great work suhas.....let me know if ur company need me..am doin mtech n computer ntwks.
email-id:ranismys@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Really shady!
Somebody posted a job to hack this page and remove a comment which says Aran Spencer-Higgins is World Youngest CEO: http://bit.ly/bIjVJV
Who could be interested in it? Suhas Gopinath?

lalitharavali said...

wow u r really amazing.cn i know about d qualifications required to join in ur organisation......

fru said...

Hello sir your really wonder sir,i don't listen your classes,but i heared lot of information about you.today your conducting seminar on my college,but i was not attended your class,because i am a final year.i felt very bad,because after telling my juniors to me, about you and you programme.i feel its my bad luck.really i can't believe it, one of the famous CEO coming to my college.i feel so bad sir atlesat i can't see your face and your and your way of talking.anyway it is a good opportunity to my juniors.is there any opportunity to join final years.

logesh said...

hello suhas am logesh from paavai college.really u r very nice..now am a big fan of u.....and ur life story is very nice.....u r a great.no other persons like as u....!but in future i have interest 2 join and make a work with u....really 1 day am going 2 meet sir...!

Anonymous said...

i really luv ur life story its quite interesting anyway keep up ur good works

subash said...

hi suhas, this is subash from KSR school of management, really i shocked about your talent you are role model of me

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