— Bio —
Gurbaksh Chahal is the founder, CEO and chairman of the programmatic advertising company RadiumOne, his third company within the online advertising space. RadiumOne is changing the face of online advertising by providing a novel approach to effectively target audiences and deliver ads through programmatic buying, based on the social intelligence gleaned through its proprietary first-party data. Each month RadiumOne engages directly with more than 700 million unique consumers, generates over 10 billion sharing events and reaches over 25 billion real-time impressions each day across web, mobile and Facebook.
A pioneer within the advertising industry, Gurbaksh founded and sold two advertising companies before the age of 25. He started his first company Click Agents in 1999 at the age of 16. The Company pioneered the initial birth of performance-based advertising, and in 2000 it eventually merged with ValueClick.
After ClickAgents, Gurbaksh founded BlueLithium, an ad network that provided behavioral targeting technologies and advanced analytics to optimize campaign performance for major brands around the globe. At BlueLithium, Gurbaksh introduced some of the first online behavioral targeting capabilities to the industry and the company quickly became an online advertising trailblazer by focusing on ad delivery, data optimization and campaign analytics. BlueLithium was acquired by Yahoo! in 2007.
During his career, Gurbaksh has been featured in various media outlets such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bonnie Hunt, Neil Cavuto, The New York Times, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and BusinessWeek. On April 29, 2010, Chahal was awarded the Leaders In Management Award and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Commercial Science from Pace University for his career achievements as an entrepreneur.
Gurbaksh’s best-selling autobiography – The Dream is used as a text in college courses and continues to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs around the world. Also a philanthropist in support of social causes, Gurbaksh launched a non-profit called BeProud.org, which is dedicated to ending hate crimes around the world. The foundation has gained worldwide media attention and has drawn support form celebrities such as Deepak Chopra, Nelson Mandela Family, Sir Ben Kingsley and many others.