The American dream is an idea which permeates the culture in the United States. It is the idea that no matter who you are and where you come from and what your history is you will always have a pathway to find success in America. Vin Gupta, who was born on the Fourth of July, the birthday of the nation, is a prime example of how the American dream can become a reality.
Gupta was born in the mid-1940s in India in the village of Rampur Manhyaran, north of New Dehli, near Saharanpur. He came from humble roots and grew up in a community without roads, running water, televisions, toilets, cars or even electricity. After spending several years in the Indian Air Force and completing high school in a school in his hometown village, Gupta enrolled in college and majored in agricultural engineering in a university in Kharagpur, India. He then finally made it to the United States when he was admitted to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Refer to This Article for related information.
Following the completion of Gupta’s formal education, he found work in Omaha, Nebraska as a marketing research analyst with a mobile homes manufacturer. As an analyst for Commodore Corporation, Gupta was tasked with evaluating rival companies. However, this required compiling a list of every rival company.
Commodore said it would consider purchasing the compiled list. However, Commodore did not want to pay the $9,000 price tag for the list. Instead Gupta allowed the company to use the list free of charge and in return Commodore allowed him and his partner to sell the list to Commodore’s competitors. This was the beginning business model for infoUSA which now compiles lists for all types of industries.
Eventually the company grew the company to more than 1,800 workers with $302 million worth of sales in 2002. In 1992 the company went public and was then sold for $680 million in July 2010. Starting from the humblest of roots, Gupta obtained vast personal wealth and success, personifying the American dream.