Cool College Start-ups 2010

Alfonso Olvera, RailTronix
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Alfonso Olvera, RailTronix

Since age 6, Olvera had a deep interest in technology, and within a year of coming to this country at 15 from his native Mexico City, he started a computer-repair business. His current business, RailTronix, sells a Web-based software system that helps rail shippers in the oil industry keep track of their valuable shipments in real time. With no employees (though he outsources some of the coding work to a Mexican firm), the University of Houston senior produced revenue of $250,000 in 2009, his first year in business. Next, he is turning his attention to the grain industry, one of the largest rail shippers in the United States.