Top 10 Black Entrepreneurs

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Major Baisden, CEO

Iris Data Services
Olathe, Kansas

No. 362
2010 Revenue: $9.6 million
Three-Year Growth: 940%

Major Baisden has always been an overachiever. The Sacramento-native enrolled in Berkley at 16, and, after transferring to UC Davis, graduated just three years later with a degree in philosophy. During school, he worked 35-hour workweeks, which helped pay for the cost of tuition. Though Baisden never went to school for business, he says his philosophy degree has paid off when he launched Iris Data Services, a provider of electronic discovery services. “I’m constantly using the logic skills I learned in school in my business,” he says.