The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs

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Kevin Feng, CEO and Co-founder, and Ken Mark, Co-founder

CheckOutStore
New York City

No. 294
2009 Revenue: $3.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,015.93%

Feng had found the stability he was looking for. He had a good education under his belt and a full-time IT job that paid the bills; which is what his parents had hoped for him when they left Guangzhou, China when he was one year old. However it was not quite enough. He admired his uncle's business of selling laundry machinery and thought he would like going into business for himself. So he and his cousin, Ken Mark, each poured $50,000 into CheckOutStore.com, a site that sells jewel cases and other storage media for CDs and DVDs. They initially had trouble finding additional funding from a bank but soon the business was growing at a rapid clip despite the setbacks.