Top Asian Entrepreneurs of the 2012 Inc. 500

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Kenneth Lin, Founder and CEO

Credit Karma
San Francisco

No. 42
2011 Revenue: $5.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 5,279%

Frustrated that he had to pay to find out his credit score, Kenneth Lin came up with a way to give consumers a better offer. In 2007, he founded Credit Karma, which allows consumers to check their credit scores online for free. Credit Karma, which instead makes money through advertising, also informs users about credit scores and ways to save money. "One of the motivating factors is that we are building a service that helps a lot of consumers," says Lin.