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

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Vidya Ravichandran, President, GlowTouch Technologies

Rank: No. 130
Location: Louisville, KY
Revenue: $6.9 million

Vidya Ravichandran was born in Bangalore, years before it became India's own Silicon Valley. Her father, a former Fullbright scholar, instilled in her the desire to get higher education in America at an early age. The academic adjustment was hard, but the biggest challenge was being "dead broke," she says. "My parents sold everything, the house, the car," Ravichandran says, to put her and her brother through college. But this entrepreneur, now the president of outsourcing firm GlowTouch Technologies, is quick to point out their investment's been paid back, several times over.