The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Companies by Growth Rate

Courtesy Company
5 of 10

Raj Prasad, CEO and Managing Partner

WDFA Marketing

San Francisco

No. 5

2009 Revenue: $17.9 million

Three-Year Growth: 13,969.46%

Prasad caught the advertising and entrepreneurial bug from watching the TV show Full House. Seeing the show's protagonists, who ran an ad agency and spent their time "home all day and coming up with cool creative things to do," caused Prasad to snub the aspirations of his peers to become cops, doctors, or actors and set his sights on running his own agency. He gives credit for WDFA's growth to their farm system of hiring recent college graduates who stay with the company for years as they rise through the ranks.