Not quite what he thought success would sound like

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Flashback to the mid-1990s, when this electronics manufacturer is trying to get a Japanese supplier to cut its component prices — but it’s not going well, says an IT pilot fish on the inside.

“We had a senior purchasing manager, a no-nonsense, hardcore professional, who decided to fly out to meet directly with the supplier,” fish says.

“He needed a laptop, which at the time weren’t common in the company. But we had just purchased 20 new laptops and we had yet to distribute them. I was on vacation, so my intern pulled one out and set it up for him so

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