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TinEye by Toronto’s Idée Inc. has been on top of our Toronto Startup Index for the past couple months. But this won’t come as much of a surprise if you know Idée Inc. co–founder and CEO Leila Boujnane.

If you don’t know her, a recent article in the Globe and Mail about tech startup life when you’re over 40 sheds some light on her personality.

Ms. Boujnane always wanted to be a doctor before she “accidentally” got into the technology industry.

She was visiting Toronto on sabbatical from medical school when she took a job in the early ‘90s with Toronto-based Algorithmics, a startup with five employees.

She found the problems they worked on to be so interesting that she immediately knew she’d found her place.

“I took a job with the startup without knowing anything about the field,” she said. “Once I started, I realized there was absolutely no turning back.”

In 2000, she started a company of her own – Idée.

Idée’s primary product is TinEye. TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You give an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

TinEye is constantly crawling the web and updating their image database and recently crossed the 2 Billion image mark. Based on those numbers, there is a better chance of TinEye being acquired than being knocked off the #1 spot on the Toronto Startup Index.

Techvibes’ Michelle Sklar sat down with Boujnane when she was in Vancouver last month for the GROW 2011 Conference. Check it out.