Top 10 South Asian Entrepreneurs

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Sony George, CEO

MindPetal
Rockville, Md.

No. 147
2010 Revenue: $4.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,897%

Born in East India (Trivandrum, Kerala specifically), Sony George was the son of two engineers and credits the competitive environments of his childhood as the backbone of his entrepreneurial spirit. "I learned the basics of leadership during my undergrad years organizing many activities ranging from running snack bars to large community events," says George, who now runs MindPetal. "These were especially challenging; with little or no budget you had to rely on your ability to inspire and work with people. All this meant that hard work, strong relationships, organizing skills, and a bit of God’s grace were the qualities that I came to rely on in life."