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A10 Networks makes and installs networking and IT security products.
CEO Lee Chen
Company: A10 Networks
2012 Rank: No. 140
3-Year Growth: 2,334%
2011 Revenue: $91.7 million
Back in 2004, with two successful tech start-ups under his belt, Lee Chen was looking for a new challenge. He decided to do something all but unheard of in the computer hardware industry: teach engineers how to excel at customer service. That simple idea led to the launch of A10 Networks, which makes and installs networking and IT security products in San Jose, California. The hardest person of all to train was Chen himself, who says he was initially more comfortable around numbers than people. But his hunch paid off. A10 Networks counts Microsoft and Subaru among its customers and does business in 10 countries.
Nicole Carter was previously a reporter and web editor at the New York Daily News, and her work has also appeared in Consumer Reports magazine. @ncarterinc
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