Suhail Doshi co-founded Mixpanel — a startup that went on to be a hugely successful, highly lucrative company. And all after dropping out of university at 20 years old!
Suhail was born to immigrant parents and moved to Arizona at six years old. His childhood passion for video games inspired him to try programming while in the eighth grade (that’s 13/14 years old, for our non-American readers!).
This started him on the path to studying computer systems and engineering at Arizona State University, before leaving his studies behind to join the start-up accelerator program, Y Combinator. From there, he secured an internship with Slide, and, of course, went on to co-create Mixpanel.
Suhail is currently the co-founder of Migthy. Mighty makes Google Chrome faster & use 10x less memory. Mighty loads websites half-a-second faster. This works because Mighty has a faster internet connection and is closer to the resources that web pages load.
Suhail co-founded Mixpanel, a data analytics business, with Max Levchin. Today, Suhail is chairman of the board and executive Director, having stepped down as CEO (a position Levchin now fills).
Mixpanel is a monumental success story. Today, it processes nine trillion user actions each year, is used by 250,000 apps and websites, and tracks more than four billion users daily.
Suhail achieved a lot at a young age and has been open about the lessons he’s learned during his unique experience. In a Business Insider article, Suhail emphasized how crucial it was for him to learn "the importance of consciously and constantly giving things up [...] without learning this, you won’t scale and the company will suffer."
He also advises future CEOs to live by the following mantra: "You should be building a team that can fulfill the mission without you." He affirms that "empowering others on your team will help you feel less stress in the long-run".
He’s also active on Twitter at @Suhail.