Connor Heckert for NPR
Chet Pipkin was the kind of kid who loved to take things apart and put them back together.
As a young man in the early 1980s, he started hanging out in mom-and-pop computer shops, where he realized he could meet a growing need by selling the cables that connect computers to printers.
That simple idea became the main ingredient in Chet’s secret sauce: instead of making his own computers, he would make the accessories needed to make them work.
Belkin International eventually grew into a massive manufacturer of electronic goods — last year, it sold to a subsidiary of Foxconn for more than $800 million.
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