The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs

Courtesy of Company
5 of 10

Ivan Koon, CEO

YouSendIt
Campbell, CA

No. 207
2009 Revenue: $15.5 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,414.58%

In Hong Kong, where Koon grew up, he felt that the school system, which was based on the British model, valued getting the right answer over learning and growing. When he went to the University of Texas for college, in 1978, he came to appreciate the American education system for "encouraging people to try things and not to be afraid of making mistakes and to keep learning by trying." His environment back home had also been a powerful influence on his decision to go into business. In the 70's and 80's he watched the rise of an entrepreneurial class of manufacturers and restaurateurs in Hong Kong. Koon took the helm of YouSendIt, a service for sharing large digital files, after heading up Adobe's Acrobat business, and on his watch the company has reached $15.5 million in annual revenue.