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When Ross Rawlings was a kid, he pulled a wagon around his neighbourhood on garbage night, looking for discarded electronics he could take apart.
Fast-forward to July 2012, and Rawlings, not surprisingly, is at the helm of an industrial technology company called Radix Controls Inc. (Windsor, Ont.) aiming to slash manufacturing defects.
Radix was chosen to be part of CBC'sÂ The Big DecisionÂ show, where struggling companies vie for investment and advice from Dragon's Den cast-mates Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving.
The episode airs this fall so Rawlings can't reveal the outcome. But he did share some insight on what it was like being vetted by two of Canada's shrewdest business investors.
"One of the things [Treliving] saw in me was out-of-the-box thinking for the factory floor and he wanted me to get used to presenting to the customer," Rawlings said, adding Treliving compared him to Apple's Steve Jobs.