Top 10 Companies by Growth Rate

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Jonathan Wolfson, CEO

San Francisco

No. 2
2010 Revenue: $37.97 million
Three-Year Growth: 20,424%

Solazyme uses its technology to convert biomass into high-volume, low-cost renewable oils the world needs for fuel, food, chemicals, and personal care products. To help his company achieve its ambitious goals, Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson (pictured center) motivates his staff by encouraging them to take risks. "Many of our greatest successes have arisen from smaller failures," he says. "We failed at our initial goal to produce renewable oil cost effectively by growing algae directly on sunlight, but out of that failure arose the idea to produce renewable oil by feeding algae plant sugars. This allowed us to overcome the economic bottleneck, and it worked better than even we envisioned."