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Ambit Energy

Fast-growing is an understatement when it comes to Ambit Energy, the company that topped the Inc. 500 list in 2010. Founded by Jere Thompson, Jr., whose grandfather Joe Thompson started the 7-Eleven chain nearly a century ago, Ambit is a $325 million company that grew more than 20,000 percent over three years. And it’s selling something highly unlikely, that the customer can't touch, can't taste, can't feel. It's not even aspirational: it's just wholesale energy to power homes. Actually, what it’s selling is the opportunity to reign in additional salespeople, for commission.