Fleeing war-torn Kosovo with his family at age 14 taught Edi Demaj not to take opportunity — or even life — for granted.

“People say, ‘Life is short’ all the time, but I’ve seen it,” said the 32-year-old co-founder of Detroit-based Rocket Fiber, who came to the United States in 1999. “We lost everything, including some close friends and family. I probably shouldn’t be here.”

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