The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs

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Paul Lin, CEO
Boulder, CO

No. 323
2009 Revenue: $10.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 918.02%

For Lin, piano lessons were two years of pure agony. The instrument didn't strike his fancy and as a result he never practiced. The lessons were part of a broader campaign by his parents, who moved from Taiwan to L.A. when Paul was two years old, to expose him and his brother to as much as possible. Fortunately, the USC grad student who came to tutor Lin in the nascent field of computers had greater appeal than the piano teacher. As early as 12 he was working as a computer consultant, and after college he decided to use his tech know-how to launch the Web start-up The company sells home improvement, which it sources from the nearest possible locations. Lin says the trickiest thing about getting the company off the ground was "making sure we hire slow and fire fast."