The third annual F.ounders conference was held this past Friday at the Nasdaq’s MarketSite on Times Square.
One of the invited 150 founders was Divyank Turakhia of Directi which as we know has a bunch of companies in the domain industry and announced they applied for 31 new gTLD’s.
The IrishTimes.com sat down for a short interview with Div who they describe as a “30-year-old entrepreneur from India who started his first company at the age of 16 with $500.”
“Today he employs 800 people across two web-based businesses and has a net worth of about $350 million.”
“His latest venture, a “contextual advertising” company called media.net, that matches online ads with related web content, is set to take on Google’s ad service when it launches fully later this year. ”
Div is quoted as saying:
“Google is the only company doing and they make $10 billion a year doing it. It’s a sweet business,”
“In the next 12 months we will likely be one of the top 10 ad companies out there”
“But when you’ve made your first million at the age of 18 and your first hundred million at the age of 23, what’s still driving you at 30?”
“It’s more about solving complex problems. That’s what keeps me excited. After a point you don’t care about the money at all. The reality is I would do all of this for free, but then people started paying me for it,” he explained.”