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Wisdom from Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, Ray Zinn

Wisdom from Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, Ray Zinn

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United States

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Wisdom from Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, Ray Zinn

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@Ray_Zinn_

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English


Episodes

The Cryptocurrency Gamble

11/30/2022
Not too long ago we talked about chasing unicorns in Silicon Valley and the downfall of Elizabeth Holmes. Now the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX. In this Tough Things First Podcast, Ray Zinn discusses how investing should be more than just a casual wager. (Watch the video version here…) Rob Artigo: Welcome to the Tough Things First Podcast, your indispensable […]

Duration:00:18:57

Is Your Startup Doomed? It doesn’t Have to Be.

11/16/2022
Is your startup doomed, or headed in the right direction? What it comes down to is will people trust that you know what you’re talking about. In this Tough Things First Podcast, Ray Zinn breaks down the difference between a fleeting idea and a genuine money maker. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here. Once again, your guest host for this edition […]

Duration:00:12:24

Micromanagement for Success

11/2/2022
Micromanagement. Does it get a bad rap? As head of Micrel Semiconductor for 37 years, Ray Zinn took a taboo management style and turned it on its head. The results were nothing short of amazing. In this Tough Things First Podcast, Ray breaks down the reasons that putting a positive spin on micromanagement can transform workplace culture. Rob Artigo: I’m […]

Duration:00:12:40

The Right Company Hires the Right Person

10/5/2022
In thirty-seven years as CEO of Micrel Semiconductor, Ray Zinn has done his share of hiring at all levels. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray talks objectives when interviewing candidates and how to get hiring managers to sing the same tune. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo here once again, your guest host for this edition of the Tough Things […]

Tax Payers to Help U.S. Chip Makers with $52B. Is it Doomed to Repeat History?

10/1/2022
The US Government is set to spend billions on American semiconductor manufacturing. Is it an aggressive, much needed, offensive against aggressive, international dominance or destined for disaster? Few industry leaders know where this is headed like Ray Zinn. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray explains where the industry stands and what it really needs. A do not miss podcast […]

Duration:00:23:54

Business Survival in Downturns and Recession

9/7/2022
There is little debate that the economy has hit the skids. Is your business ready? In this Tough Things First podcast, also available in video, Ray Zinn explores being prepared and what to do in the thick of financial woes that will keep you ahead of the game. (Watch This Podcast on YouTube) Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, writer […]

Duration:00:15:09

Why Businesses Fail

8/24/2022
Success in the mind comes before anything gets started in business, but how much consideration is given to the chances of failure and is there a way to improve those chances? Ray Zinn discusses why businesses fail in this new Tough Things First podcast. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here. Once again, your guest host for this edition of the Tough […]

Duration:00:12:53

Surviving Calamity

8/10/2022
A calamity can be home grown, natural, or an attack like 9/11. Effective business leaders know how to overcome adversity and restore robust optimism. In this Tough Things First Podcast, Ray Zinn explores how to reignite a business after unexpected and protracted calamity like Covid 19. Beyond the financial. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for this […]

Duration:00:12:42

Who Moved the Cheese?

7/27/2022
The ability to pivot is not only an option in business, but also a necessity. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn is joined by Robert Barker to discuss the important concept of embracing change to stay profitable. Ray Zinn: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another very special podcast of Tough Things First, I am so delighted. My name is […]

Duration:00:12:15

Inflation Nation. How We Got Here. When it Will End.

7/13/2022
From lumber prices to gas prices, all the way down to toilet paper, everything is more expensive. A New York Fed survey in early July 2022 showed near-term inflation expectations at record highs. The outlook was a whopping 6.8 percent. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores the causes of inflation and explains where we’re headed. (New: Video […]

Duration:00:17:41

The Evolution of Semiconductor R and D

6/29/2022
It’s the technology that transformed nearly every aspect of our lives and holds the promise of a totally unpredictable future. But it started out humbly enough with cloudy skies, murky waters, and no clear path ahead. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn talks to industry insider Robert Quinn about the paths forged and discoveries won. Ray Zinn: Welcome […]

Duration:00:11:03

Whatever it Takes. No Excuses.

6/15/2022
Ray Zinn is joined by his former CFO at Micrel, Robert Barker, to discuss the culture of success fueled by the attitude of doing “whatever it takes. No excuses.” Ray Zinn: Welcome to another Tough Things First podcast. We are so delighted today to meet with you. And I have a very special guest with me today. His name […]

Duration:00:17:35

Tubes to Wafers: The Evolution of Semiconductors.

6/1/2022
Few industry leaders have the breadth of knowledge Ray Zinn has achieved in semiconductors. Over his lifetime, the evolution of the technology has literally changed the world and employed countless millions upon millions. In this edition of his very popular Tough Things First podcast, Ray is joined by industry insider Robert Quinn to discuss the remarkable and revolutionary engineering history […]

Duration:00:20:41

Supply Chain Have You Down?

5/18/2022
The term “supply chain” can be defined simply, but its complexities bring advantages and vulnerabilities the world over. In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explains why interruptions have such massive ramifications whether a subtle change or a gigantic disruption. Rob Artigo: You’re listening to the Tough Things First podcast. I’m your guest host, Rob […]

Duration:00:16:44

If it’s Too Good to Be True…

5/4/2022
Silicon Valley has had more than its share of global market game changers, but also a larger than average share of gigantic failures. Sometimes if you invest in a unicorn, you get the horn. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses Elizabeth Holmes and the funding of fantasy. Rob Artigo: Welcome, everyone, back to the Tough Things First […]

Duration:00:19:05

The Great Resignation. Is America’s workforce slump here to stay?

4/20/2022
One headline read: “…the Great Resignation may be followed by the Great Regret.” But how long will that take? In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast with legendary Silicon Valley CEO Ray Zinn, Ray is joined by his long-time friend and former Micron CFO Robert Barker, to mull over the state of the Great Resignation and its fallout. […]

Duration:00:08:58

Essential Leadership Part 10

4/6/2022
Actions before words. How leaders benefit from avoiding the same mistakes. When does a leader’s appearance matter? In this final episode of Ray Zinn’s Tough Things First podcast series on Essential Leadership, Ray looks back at some of the major lessons so entrepreneurs can look forward to a new energized focused on success in business and life. Rob Artigo: Welcome […]

Duration:00:13:59

Essential Leadership Part 9: “Leaders, they are of integrity.”

3/23/2022
Leaders can inspire a culture of integrity in any organization, but what is more effective, words or actions? As we continue this special series of podcasts, Ray Zinn provides his thoughts on the difference between projecting an attitude of integrity in words and proving integrity through actions. Which priority is essential for the truly successful leader. Rob Artigo: Welcome to […]

Duration:00:13:05

Essential Leadership Part 8

3/9/2022
Successful leaders establish trust with their clients, customers, and employees. It doesn’t stop there. Part 8 of our special series on Essential Leadership, Ray Zinn discusses why trust is a priority, the signs a leader has failed to build trust, and how to reverse that failure. Rob Artigo: Welcome to a special edition of the Tough Things First podcast, […]

Duration:00:10:16

Essential Leadership: Part 7

2/9/2022
These words sound the same, but a leader needs to know the difference. In Episode 7 of our special series on Essential Leadership, Ray Zinn discusses the entrepreneurial skill of valuing the difference between “ministering” and “administering.” Rob Artigo: Welcome to a special edition of the Tough Things First podcast with Ray’s series, Essential Leadership. This is episode seven. I’m […]

Duration:00:12:04