Therese Tucker sees no reason why her company BlackLine Inc. should be a success. When she formed it in 2001, she had no financial backers and no customers – in short, the 55-year-old said, she had no clue what she was doing.

But with perseverance, a few good hiring decisions and some sales hustle, she grew Woodland Hills-based BlackLine into one of the premier software firms in the financial technology sector.

Numbers tell the story. The company has more than 1,800 customers served by a workforce of 646 employees in 13 offices around the globe. BlackLine went public in October and has a market capitalization of $1.7 billion.

“It’s not because of anything I’ve done,” Tucker said of BlackLine’s success. “It’s because I’ve had such a great group of people around me.”

Read the full story in the June 12 issue of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.