Rick Mitchell and Ray Allen founded the Raleigh company Computer Intelligence. Computer Intelligence started as a software engineering firm designing programs for computers on a consulting basis. The company struggled at first, but is now one of the largest local based software engineering firms in the Triangle. In 1987, Inc. magazine listed them as one of America’s fastest-growing small companies and Mitchell and Allen recently sold part of the company for millions of dollars. The two founders have come a long way from their local blue-collar upbringing through hard work and a little bit of luck.