Jan 2014: After creating his first start-up, InfoUSA, in 1972, taking it public in 1993 and then selling it for $680 million in 2010, he’s out to disrupt the lead generation business once again with the introduction of InfoFree.com.
- Nebraska, May 27, 2007: NRI
Gupta of infoUSA accused of wasting funds & lawsuit filed
by angry shareholders - According to New York
Times report, InfoUSA, which compiles consumer information and
sells it to direct marketing companies, sold the names of senior
citizens, including millions with Alzheimer’s disease and
others it identified as gamblers, with labels that said things
such as, “These people are gullible.”.........Read
Gupta's company won a polling partnership with CNN for the 2008
Nebraska, Jan. 16, 2007
Vinod "Vin" Gupta is Chairman and CEO of
infoUSA, Inc., and Opinion Research Corporationhas
won a polling partnership with CNN for the 2008 Presidential elections.
InfoUSA is the leading provider of business and consumer
databases for sales leads & mailing lists, database marketing
services, data processing services and sales and marketing solutions.
Nearly 4 million customers use infoUSA's products and services to
find new customers, grow their sales, and more. infoUSA is headquartered
in Omaha, Nebraska. It was founded in 1972 by Chairman and CEO Vin
Gupta with an initial investment of $100, is the leading compiler
of several proprietary databases. These databases capture detailed
information on majority of businesses and consumer households in
the United States and Canada.
It employ over 600 full time people to compile and
update the databases from thousands of public sources such as yellow
pages, white pages, newspapers, incorporation records, real estate
deed transfers and various other sources. Company make over 20 million
phone calls a year to verify the name of the owner or key executive,
their address, number of employees, number of PC's, fax numbers,
e-mail addresses and other information. The office spend over $50
million a year to update these databases regularly.
It's Databases and Marketing Services include: 220
Million Consumers , 57 Million Homeowners , 18 Million New , overs
13 Million U.S. Businesses , 12.5 Million Households with Children
, 11.4 Million Executives , 5 Million Business Owners
3.7 Million New Homeowners , 2.6 Million Brand New Businesses ,
2.6 Million Bankruptcies , 600,000 Manufactures
218,000 Big Businesses.
Marketing Services include, Direct Marketing , Database
Marketing , E-mail marketing, Telemarketing, Modeling applications
, Distribution Strategy
All of their databases can be accessed on a subscription
basis for a flat price of $300.00 per month. Sales Genie also has
a basic contact management software and mapping ability. A small
business can get all the sales leads and mailing lists for only
$300.00 per month
The Company also launched an unlimited business credit
report service called Credit.net. A customer can obtain unlimited
business credit reports for only $150.00 per month.
Opinion Research Corporation
infoUSA, Inc acquired Opinion Research Corporation,
based in Princeton, New Jersey, on August 4, 2006 for $12 per share
in cash.. It is founded in 1938, a research and consulting firm
that helps organizations worldwide - in both the private and public
sectors -- make a definitive difference in their performance. By
providing objective, fact-based decision support and implementation,
grounded in rigorous research, earn clients' confidence with fresh
ideas and perspectives.
Opinion Research Corporation is a global market research
and consulting company serving a prestigious roster of clients in
over 100 countries across six continents, operating 22 offices in
the United States, Europe, and Asia.
to give all his money to charity under the name of The Vinod Gupta
He recognizes the role of education in developing
the leaders of tomorrow. Through his charitable foundation, Vinod
has helped advance education across fields including: business,
science, information technology, communications, intellectual property
law and wildlife preservation.
India Institute of Technology, Karagpur
The school was founded in 1993 to develop upcoming management
professionals and future CEOs who will lead technology-driven and
R.R.G. Women's Polytechnic
In July 2000, the Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation
opened the Shrimati Ram Rati Gupta Women's Polytechnic, Rampur.
Up to 925 women from mostly rural areas, often with limited career
options, are today being trained in Computers, Textile Designing,
Arts & Crafts, Nursery and Primary School Teaching, Interior
Design and more.
Gochar Intermediate College, Rampur Maniharan
The Center was founded to help Scientists, Engineers and Doctors
better perform their duties in a professional manner and be a part
of the process of technological advancement. The campus covers more
than 10 acres and is home to Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Agricultural
Labs and a Computer Science Center.
Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law at I.I.T
India Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
To meet the demand for Intellectual Property Attorneys, who are
well versed in patents and related issues, Vinod committed to IIT
Kharagpur, for establishing a school for Intellectual Law. As India
continues to grow into its role as a global partner in Software
and Technology, these lawyers are needed to protect Indian intellectual
property. The school's construction began in April of 2006 and,
once completed, will provide a world-class education leading to
a Post Graduate Degree in Law, and later, Doctorate programs.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Mass Communication
Having provided a basic curriculum at the Women's Polytechnic and
Science Center, Vinod now has bigger plans to transform the lives
of young men and women. This new center will include training in
Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, Media Management,
Television Presentation/Anchoring and Web Design.