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Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest serving CEO, discusses entrepreneurship, leadership, executive management, humanistic business and more. Zinn, a Silicon Valley legend, started Micrel Semiconductor without venture capital, and ran it for 37 years, 36 of those profitably. Zinn's insights in disciplined management, the value in all people, corporate culture and true leadership are guiding lights for anyone working for a better future.

Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest serving CEO, discusses entrepreneurship, leadership, executive management, humanistic business and more. Zinn, a Silicon Valley legend, started Micrel Semiconductor without venture capital, and ran it for 37 years, 36 of those profitably. Zinn's insights in disciplined management, the value in all people, corporate culture and true leadership are guiding lights for anyone working for a better future.

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United States

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Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest serving CEO, discusses entrepreneurship, leadership, executive management, humanistic business and more. Zinn, a Silicon Valley legend, started Micrel Semiconductor without venture capital, and ran it for 37 years, 36 of those profitably. Zinn's insights in disciplined management, the value in all people, corporate culture and true leadership are guiding lights for anyone working for a better future.

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@Ray_Zinn_

Language:

English


Episodes

Decide Differently

2/12/2020
Entrepreneurs make decisions all day, but do successful entrepreneurs make decisions differently? In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores the process of effective decision making. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to another edition of the Tough Things first podcast on your guest host, Rob Artigo, writer and entrepreneur in California. Hi, Ray. Ray Zinn: Hello Rob. Rob Artigo: Well, […]

Duration:00:11:46

Bad Managers

1/29/2020
At one time or another, we’ve probably all worked for a bad manager and perhaps wondered if the boss’s boss knew that manager had issues. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn walks us through how to recognize a bad manager and how to handle the situation. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for another edition of […]

Duration:00:08:58

Managing Managers

1/15/2020
In a diverse workplace with varying levels of experience and drive, managers come in all types. But knowing how to use them, challenge them and maximize their potential is tricky. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn demystifies the art of managing managers. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for this edition of the Tough Things First […]

Duration:00:09:09

Offshoring

1/2/2020
There’s no rule that says you must offshore even a fraction of your manufacturing needs, but it’s an option. The problem is knowing why and when to make that change. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn answers those questions and puts it all into perspective to avoid costly mistakes. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here, your guest host for […]

Duration:00:08:35

Balancing the Money Hunt

12/18/2019
Founders may need to go on the “money hunt” to raise capital. But they need to maintain control. Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO talks about the trade-offs. Guy Smith: Hello again and welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast, where we explore everything technology, Silicon Valley, leadership, executive management with the guy who’s basically done it all, […]

Duration:00:17:28

New Tech, Exciting Futures

12/4/2019
It’s an exciting era in technology. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray discusses recent breakthroughs that are catching his interests. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for this edition of “Tough Things First”, the podcast with Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley. Hello again, Ray. Ray Zinn: Hey, Rob. You know, it’s always a […]

Duration:00:12:28

Founder Overload

11/20/2019
Why do startup founders kill themselves work themselves to death? They shouldn’t, according to Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO. Guy Smith: Hello everyone in podcast land. My name is Guy Smith. I’m your guest host today for the next episode of the Tough Things First podcast, where we’re going to a chat with Ray Zinn, longest serving CEO in all […]

Duration:00:15:01

Technology Investing

11/6/2019
What does Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, and now a tech investor, think about tech investing and the current state of the industry? In the episode of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn lays it bare. Guy Smith: Well, good morning to all the audience and welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast. I’m your host […]

Duration:00:18:37

Founder Confidence

10/23/2019
Do founders of startups need confidence? Silicon Valley’s prototype founder tells you so and why. Guy Smith: Hello and welcome again to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast where we pick the brain of Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, Mr. Ray Zinn. I’m your guest host for today, Guy Smith. And hello, Ray. I trust you’re doing well. […]

Duration:00:14:10

Pros and Cons of Passion

10/3/2019
You can follow your passion, but it takes a lot more than that to be a successful entrepreneur. In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores why there’s a difference between having passion and following passion. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here, your guest host for another edition of The Tough Things First podcast with Ray Zinn. […]

Duration:00:09:35

Employee Piece of the Pie

9/25/2019
Employees want a larger share of the pie as they stick with a company. Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, maps out the right way to balance employee expectations with company growth. Guy Smith: Hello again and welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast. I am your guest host today. Guys Smith. Former Silicon […]

Duration:00:16:40

ParkStash – Pivoting in a young startup

9/18/2019
The essence of adapting a startup. In the episode of the Tough Things First podcast, ZinnStarter Fellow Sameer Saran and ParkStash president discusses the new opportunities with their company, market and ask Ray some question about next steps. Ray Zinn: Good to meet with you again on one of our exciting podcasts. With me today, I have Sameer Saran who […]

Duration:00:21:46

Making Strategy Happen – Michael Canic

9/11/2019
Strategy is often easier than execution. In this episode of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn chats with Michael Canic of Making Strategy Happen to explore how an organization goes from planning to execution, all while remaining faithful to the underlying strategy. Michael Canic, PhD, CSP is the founder and Chief Flag-Bearer of Making Strategy Happen®. Through high-impact consulting, action-inspiring presentations, and a […]

Duration:00:23:28

Creative Teams

8/28/2019
No matter how large or small your creative teams are, you’ll want to maximize their cohesiveness and innovation. But that’s almost never easy. Ray Zinn has worked with creative teams his entire career and there’s hardly a situation he hasn’t experience. In this Tough Things First episode he’ll flatten that learning curve for managers at any level.

Duration:00:09:09

Knowledge versus Wisdom

8/14/2019
Spending your life in academia doesn’t promise wisdom, any more than working in the trenches guarantees knowledge. In the latest Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores the need for balance and how making a weakness a strength is important for success. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here, your guest host, for another edition of the Tough Things First podcast. I’m […]

Duration:00:07:44

Venture Capitalist Control

7/31/2019
Why do venture capitalists (a.k.a. vulture capitalists) always want controlling interest in a startup? Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO never took VC money, so he has some keen observations on why the VCs do this and why you might want to avoid it. Guy Smith: Hello everybody. Welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast. I’m your guest […]

Duration:00:12:09

Pivoting – Shariq Shah and the Music Industry

7/24/2019
Nearly every startup pivots. In this Tough Things First podcast episode, Ray Zinn chats with Shariq Shah, one of Ray’s ZinnStarter fellows, to discuss how they are pivoting, why it is important, and why entrepreneurs should plan on pivoting. Ray Zinn: Hello everyone. Welcome to another fabulous podcast of toughthingsfirst.com. Really grateful today to have Shariq Shah with me. Shariq […]

Duration:00:14:22

Fighter Pilots and Entrepreneurs – How Organizations Learn

7/17/2019
Learning from mistakes is a team process used by fighter pilot squadrons. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn chats with entrepreneur and former fighter pilot Ofir Paldi to discuss learning organizations. Ray Zinn: Welcome to another Tough Things First podcast. This is a fantastic opportunity to be with you again today, and to just talk about, really, some […]

Duration:00:21:02

Training to be an Entrepreneur

7/3/2019
Can you train yourself to be an entrepreneur? Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO says ‘yes’ and explains how. Guy Smith: Hello once again and welcome to the Tough Things First podcast where we sit down and have a chat with Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, Mr. Ray Zinn. Today we’re going to be covering what I know is the topic […]

Duration:00:18:37

Fighting the Cycle of Quitting

6/26/2019
How do entrepreneurs get past the desire to quit? Ray Zinn, a man who avoids using the word “quit” sits in discussion with Suzanne Evans whose has been on the Inc 500/5000 list of fasting growing companies for 5 straight years. Ray Zinn: Good morning everyone. So happy to have you with us today on this podcast. My name is […]

Duration:00:26:20