The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Indian Entrepreneurs
Mehul Sanghani, President
2009 Revenue: $13.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 7,224.3%
Sanghani's first lessons in business came at the age of 13 when his father left his job as a civil engineer to open a motel in Blacksburg, Virginia. His parents came to the U.S. from India in 1979 when Sanghani was only three, and both his mother and father had worked their way up from juggling shifts at McDonalds and 7-11. "My parents didn't have an MBA, and they had no formal business training. The one thing they did know how to do is to work their ass off," Sanghani says. He feels he definitely absorbed a great deal of their work ethic. At the motel, "me and my parents were the night clerks, the desk clerks, the maids, we did the laundry, [we] did the toilets, we did everything." Now Sanghani runs
Octo Consulting, an IT management consulting firm.