A Lucky Break
Every career has its pivotal moment. For college football star and math whiz Timothy Childs, it was a knee injury that led him to pursue a PhD in physics instead of chasing his dream of joining the San Francisco 49ers. Today, he's CEO of Minneapolis-based TLC Precision Wafer Technology Inc., a still tiny but well-positioned player in the burgeoning $2 billion market for gallium arsenide wafers and chips--superfast chips that are more resilient than silicon ones and can carry higher-frequency signals. Now, he's butting heads with big-budgeted players like TRW and Daimler-Benz Aerospace.
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