Staff Reporter

Suhas Gopinath launched his

U.S- based IT company at the age of 14. Today, it has an annual turnover of $100 million.

KOZHIKODE: Enterprise, hard work and a resolute will to achieve the ‘extraordinary’ have made Suhas Gopinath what he is today.

Mr. Suhas, 24, who made a name for himself as the youngest chief executive officer of an IT company in the world, on Saturday shared his experiences of launching the U.S.-based company Globals Inc., which now has an annual turnover of $100 million.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the Malabar Chamber of Commerce here, the young professional, who launched his enterprise at the age of 14, said his age often led him to encounter unusual situations.

For instance, a teacher in his college had applied for a job in his company. In another instance, a contract had to be cancelled.

“We have a strong HR policy of providing employment based on individual skills and not on the basis of academic merit. Such a policy has paid rich dividends, and the achievements of a 400-strong workforce spread over 11 countries have been exemplary,” Mr. Suhas said.

His regret

“My greatest regret is that the enterprise could not be launched in India because I had not yet attained the age of 18 when I started the company,” he said.

His ambition is to expand operations in India and provide employment to unemployed youth.

A.P. Abdullakutty, MP, who delivered the keynote address said Kerala had lagged behind in the IT field owing to various reasons.

“But a major reason for the poor show can be traced to the delay in implementing the IT course in our educational institutions. Kerala introduced IT as a subject in educational institutions in the Eighties, while Andhra Pradesh had done so as early as the Sixties,” he said.

P. Zakeer, president, MCC, K.P. Aboobaker, secretary, among others, spoke.

A video presentation by Mr. Suhas on the operations of his company and an open forum were held.