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Carl Prindle gives a dotcom disaster one more chance--and this time, he's in charge.

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Pets.com. eToys. Garden.com. One by one, the giant online retailstores fell and sold their assets, until Amazon.com seemed to bethe last man standing. Furniture.com was one of the fallen. A forceonce estimated to be worth $255 million with a coveted Web addressand 248 employees, it was the Internet's most traffickedhome-décor site. But before the end, Furniture.com was layingoff workers, having problems paying vendors and receiving BetterBusiness Bureau complaints. Joining the company in 1998, the sameyear it was founded, Carl Prindle, 34, was a senior vice presidentwhen Furniture.com fell. Now, as CEO, he's bringing the companyback with some of the old management team and some new faces.

Why would you want to go through this again?

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