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1996 Inc. 500 #224

Robert Fox, Fox Integrated Technologies

"The electronics distributor I used to work for was so busy, we were back-ordering product. I found some scrapped circuit boards that were being thrown away. I noticed some parts that I could use on one of the back orders. So without asking, I called customers to see if they'd mind receiving used product. The boards worked, and the customers were ecstatic. When the owner of the company found out, he fired me. So I ended up starting my own company with $860."