"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."