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Jean Orelien, CEO

SciMetrika
Durham, N.C.

No. 371
2010 Revenue: $10.9 million
Three-Year Growth: 921%

Jean Orelien was born in Haiti, moved to Guadeloupe when he was 10, and left for the U.S. after high school. His family struggled financially, which only motivated Orelien to study and work harder. Orelien says that he has faced many challenges being a minority CEO, but it has only honed his strive for perfection. “Being part of a minority ethnic group, I have always believed that it is not enough to be good,” says the founder of SciMetrika. “If you bring skills or attributes that are exceptional, you will not be denied a seat at the table.”

--Eric Markowitz