CEO at 17

AT AROUND the end of 1999, a guy called Suhas Gopinath set up an "online" IT firm specialising in web design, web-based application and chat engines. Suhas has partners around the world who work and communicate through e-mail or video conferencing, which is what makes the firm online. On November 2, 2003, at the Bangalore, we got to know that Suhas Gopinath, CEO of Globals Inc ( launched his company's latest venture — an online School Management System. All by a guy 17 years of age, the youngest entrepreneur this country has produced.

Setting up a company at the age of 14, and turning CEO at 17, is no child's play. Today, Globals Inc is a 60-member team of 14 to 17-year-olds from India, Germany, and the U.S., who work from cyber cafes or from computers at home to produce source codes and websites for clients. "Initially, people did not take me seriously. When they saw our initiatives, they were impressed," says this Bangalore lad who finds Bill Gates inspiring. The team is so far generating turnover in the range of Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 every year.

Globals Inc is open to anyone in the age group of 17 to 22 provided they bring relevant skills and they can apply online.

The concept of Student Management Software is relatively new in India, with the exception of a couple of high-end capitation colleges in Bangalore. "We essentially approached schools. We proposed that Globals Inc would design a customised website for every school. The website would provide access to the student's attendance status and marks, and admission modules. We even mooted the idea of a virtual notice board," Suhas explains. When Globals Inc attempted to sign an agreement with a Singapore-based company, Smith and Gale, his offer was turned down on the ground that he was under 18 years of age, legally not qualified to enter into a contract.


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