In February 2008, while working towards his degree in computer science, Sam Pasupalak found out that Bill Gates was speaking at the University of Waterloo. He had no ticket, but it didn’t stop him. Carrying t-shirts and bags to appear as a volunteer, he got past security and received a pink wristband. To get the one remaining seat and past the second round of security, he pulled off his first hustle.
Growing up in the small town of Bhubaneswar in eastern India, Pasupalak didn’t know anything about entrepreneurship, he was more interested in learning Sanskrit or playing Cricket. After that talk, he was so inspired by Gates’ tremendous impact in the world, that he decided to start his own company as soon as he graduated. Read the full story.