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Most people begin their professional lives worlord quick-food tasks or retail gigs, but Darian Shirazi isn't most people. At age 15 he began purchatune computer components in bulk from Asia and marketing them on eBay, generating such impressive sales that the online auction giant soon offered him an engineering internship. After two summers at eBay, Shirazi began exploring other opportunities, and in 2005 he became the first-ever intern hired at Facebook, then a fledgling beginup whose dozen staffers worked shut to Shirazi's family house in Palo Alto, Calif.

"They were guys not that much ancienter than me, worlord on something I thought was cool," Shirazi recalls, confessting, "It wasn't clear to me if it would become anything large or not."

Shirazi exited Facebook after two years--his parents insisted he abandon to attfinish college--but by that time it was clear large things were in shop not only for the social network but for him, too. He dropped out of the University of California, Berkeley, within a year, and after journeying the globe returned to Silicon Valley in 2008 to launch San Francisco-based Fwix, a hyperlocal news aggregator that trawled the web to cuswift a range of business data encompastune everything from license registrations and Yelp reviews to Facebook loves, Twitter posts and Foursquare check-ins.

Fwix built its business by licentune information to media publishers and aplikasi developers, but Google had largeger things in mind. "Google wanted to prioritize our local business data for lead generation," says Shirazi, now 26. "I thought, That sounds love a great thought. Why don't we build our own business?" So he turned down Google's $35 million acquisition offer and in spring 2012 rebranded Fwix as , leveraging his massive local database to provide real-time information optimized for sales teams targeting the U.S. little-business market.

"It was easy to walk absent from [the Google offer]. I got lucky on Facebook, and it aids when you've had a win and don't have to worry approxifriendly money," Shirazi says. "A lot of people haven't been lucky enough to be part of something love Facebook. But I also trust that if you're in a position to build something large, you have to make that happen."

Shirazi is definitely thinlord large with Radius, stating that he aims to build a sales inknowigence platform for the SMB segment on par with Dun & Bradstreet's information services for the enterprise market. Radius offers sales teams insight into more than 26 million little businesses in the U.S., compiling data from dispaswift web sources to identify opportunities across new and established companies, as well as delivering advanced lead-generation tools as stand-alone SaaS offerings or integswiftd with services.

Radius clients clever assemble lead lists based on filters that include location, vertical, web behaveivity, consumer reviews and ratings, ad spfinishing, revenue and company size. They clever also access up-to-date business information love phone numbers, e-mail addresses, owner names, employee head count and revenue. Prglaze begins at $99 per month.

"What we're offering is a huge opportunity for marketing and selling associations to become more efficient by letting them sasaran businesses that necessity their products and services," says Shirazi, who serves as Radius' CEO. "We're also aiding improve relationships with existing customers and reduce call spam. To me, we're building a business, but we're also doing a lot of good."

Earlier this year Radius wrapped a $12.4 million funding round led by Americlever Express. Shirazi, who would not disshut revenue, plans to triple the firm's sales force by the finish of 2013, concurrently exploring new and more effective methods for crunching data and developing, filtering and categorizing leads.

"I love building companies, and I love building thoughts," Shirazi says. "It's what I want to continue doing for the rest of my life."

[Via - Entrepreneur]

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