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Guilty Plea Eight Months After Arrest Fells Startup CEO

Gurbaksh Chahal was the picture of a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, with the Lamborghini, the San Francisco penthouse, the immigrant rags-to-riches story and tens of millions of dollars. “And he’s single!” Oprah Winfrey said in a 2008 interview.

Life has changed. Chahal pleaded guilty April 16 to two misdemeanor counts of battery against his girlfriend. More than a week later, RadiumOne Inc. directors fired him as chief executive officer of the company he founded and was about to take public.