The 2010 Inc. 5000: The Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs

Eileen Gittins CEO and President Blurb
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Eileen Gittins, CEO and President

San Francisco

No. 47
2009 Revenue: $45 million
Three-Year Growth: 4,829.6%

After selling her second business, a context search engine called Verb, Gittins turned back to her first love: photography. She specializes in portraiture and wanted some way to thank the people she shot. "I thought, 'I'll make a book, how hard can that be?'" She found the process to be both time-consuming and expensive, so she came up with a solution. Blurb allows people to make, print, promote and sell their books, and the rise of social media has helped boost revenue significantly, because, Gittins says, "People who are not 'authors' now have audiences."