After working 13 years at his father’s multibillion-dollar company, Donald Sun thought he might be getting a promotion when his dad, David, called him into a meeting two years ago.

Instead, the elder Sun told Donald that there was nothing left for him to learn at Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology, and that it was time for Donald to branch out on his own.

“In my head, I was starting to burn out a little and I think he saw that,” Donald said. “So when he talked to me, he was like, ‘… If you stay here, it’s fine, but no one’s going to let you fail, which mean’s you’re never going to learn faster because there’s this safety net of Kingston.’”

Suddenly Donald, who had even spent his middle-school summers folding boxes for computer parts at Kingston, was looking for something he could call his own.

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