The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Indian Entrepreneurs

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Harini and Srini Kankanhalli, President and CTO

clearAvenue
Columbia, Maryland

No. 78
2009 Revenue: $8.2 million
Three-Year Growth: 3,107.48%

Kankanhalli came to the U.S. from Bangalore at the age of 26 to study computer science at West Virginia and Fairmont State Universities. She leveraged her work experience at other technology companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation to launch the IT company clearAvenue with her husband Srini in 2002. Since then the company has grown by leaps and bounds but it hasn't been easy. "There is no work-life balance when you're running a small business. Your business is kind of entangled with your life," says Kankanhalli.