The 2009 Inc. 500|5000: The Top 10 Indian-Run Companies

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Vikram Kashyap, CEO, Canopy Financial

Rank: No. 12
Location: San Francisco, CA
Revenue: $19.8 million

Vikram Kashyap grew up in Ohio as one of the only Indian kids in his school. He learned to speak German because of his communities large German population. "It was pretty interesting," he says, adding that his parents eventually moved to Los Angeles to be in a more diverse area. But while Kashyap says he's proud of his Indian roots and rich cultural heritage, at the end of the day, "I’m an American." Kashyap always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and he launched healthcare payment processing firm Canopy Financial to achieve his lifelong goal.