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DOWNTOWN - Last spring, Doug Goodall found himself at a crossroads.
He had resigned from Black Box Corp. in January to pursue his dream of starting his own Internet-oriented company. Yet, when he took a phone call out of the blue from a recruiter, he liked what he heard.
Dick Madden, the chairman and co-founder of Computerm Corp., a local computer connectivity company, wanted to replace himself as president. It was imperative that the newcomer fit well within the close-knit ranks.
Mr. Goodall was intrigued with the possibilities and a series of meetings began.
For a couple of months, he explored both options, finishing a business plan for his startup company and sessions with Computerm's executives in a dead heat. A careful evaluation begat a revelation: "Computerm had everything I was looking to build," he said.
He joined Computerm in April and hasn't …