Michael C. Child

Senior Advisor

Mike has more than 34 years of experience in the private equity industry.

Mike joined TA in 1982 and helped open the West Coast office, focusing on investments in the technology sector. He became a Managing Director in 1986 and a Senior Advisor of the firm in 2011. Mike served on TA's Executive Committee from 2002 to 2008.

Former Experience

  • ROLM Corporation – Product Manager
  • Boston Consulting Group – Strategic Planning
  • Hewlett-Packard Company – Production Engineer


  • Stanford Graduate School of Business – MBA
  • University of California at Davis – BS Electrical Engineering

Board Representation


  • Finisar Corporation (FNSR)
  • FreeWave Technologies
  • IPG Photonics (IPGP)
  • Ultratech Stepper (UTEK)


  • AST Research
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • DH Technology
  • Eagle Test Systems
  • Fargo Electronics
  • Network General Corporation
  • Novellus Systems
  • Sonic Solutions


  • Chair of the UC Davis Foundation Board, 2014-2016
  • Serves on the Advisory Board for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the College of Engineering
  • Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Serves on the Investment Committees at Sacred Heart School-Atherton and UC Davis Foundation

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