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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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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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Episodes

Writing the Check

12/12/2018
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It is not always easy to decide when to authorize big company purchases, but you can take steps to ensure when you do it’s for all the right reasons. In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses his personal experience with due diligence. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to another edition of the Tough Things First podcast. […]

Duration:00:08:51

Holiday Productivity

12/5/2018
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There is no time like the holidays when employees and management alike tend to think about anything but work. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn is quizzed on dealing with employee seasonal distractions. The give and take of making it through the holiday hump. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here, your guest host for another edition of the Tough […]

Duration:00:09:42

Organizational Frugality

11/28/2018
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Ray and his former CFO Robert Barker discuss the value of rational corporate frugality and how to achieve it. Ray Zinn: Hello, everyone. It’s sure good to be with you this beautiful day here in California. With me today, I have my ex-CFO and good friend, Robert Barker, who has decided that he could like to join me in this […]

Duration:00:18:29

Is Entrepreneurship for You?

11/14/2018
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Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but it is possible for anybody. Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO and the model for entrepreneurship, discusses why you might – or might not – want to be an entrepreneur. Guy Smith: Well, welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First Podcast and it’s no surprise to our loyal audience that there are […]

Duration:00:19:43

Getting Fired

11/7/2018
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Unexpectedly losing one’s job can be an opportunity. Ray Zinn talks about how getting firsted led to being the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, and how it works for people in more common situation. Guy Smith: Hello welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast and I’ve got a question for the audience right off the bat. […]

Duration:00:13:18

Rational Frugality

10/31/2018
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In business, survivability matters as much as profitability. Nobody ever went out of business with cash in the bank. In this Tough Things First episode, Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, talks about rational frugality and making it a part of corporate culture. Guy Smith: Hello again, and welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First […]

Duration:00:14:50

Writing Books

10/24/2018
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Any challenge you face that can take years, with hours upon hours of thought and work, can seem like an insurmountable challenge. In his latest podcast, Ray Zinn talks about writing books, and how met the challenges by doing the Tough Things First. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, back again, your guest host for another edition of Tough Things First, […]

Duration:00:13:09

When to Quit

10/17/2018
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If your boss ends up in the headlines should you take upon yourself to quit? In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn says there is a lot to consider first. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, guest host for this edition of the Tough Things First podcast with Ray Zinn. I’m a writer and entrepreneur in California. […]

Duration:00:07:08

Under Pressure

10/10/2018
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Pressure is everywhere in the business world, but it doesn’t have to cause you grief. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn talks about handling pressure from the boardroom to the interview chair. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, with Ray Zinn. As you heard there, on the […]

Duration:00:12:10

Communication, Creativity, Innovation

10/3/2018
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Communication technology has become a blessing and a curse for American companies. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses the potential impact on creativity and innovation. Rob Artigo: And welcome back to The Tough Things First podcast. I’m Rob Artigo. I’m a writer and business owner in California. Thanks for having me back Ray. Ray Zinn: All right […]

Duration:00:08:08

The Second Amendment

9/26/2018
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Whether it’s a political campaign or the tragedy of gun violence, the 2nd Amendment is a regular topic. In his latest podcast, Ray Zinn and guest host Rob Artigo, look at the realities of compromise to promote safety and protect the right to bear arms. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for another Tough Things First podcast. I […]

Duration:00:12:33

Paying Talent

9/19/2018
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It is a constant struggle for balance between what employers can pay and the burdens of cost of living for employees. This is now especially critical in the ever more expensive Silicon Valley. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses the dynamics of supply and demand driving both sides of the question. Rob Artigo: Thank you for listening […]

Duration:00:09:13

Immigration

9/12/2018
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As we approach the midterm elections there’re no shortage of issues, but few have had the staying power like the question of immigration. In the latest Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn talks border protection and protecting immigrants from abuse. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to another edition of the Tough Things First Podcast. I’m your guest host, Rob Artigo. I’m […]

Duration:00:15:55

North Korea Nukes

9/5/2018
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It didn’t take long for the leader of North Korea to upset plans for denuclearization. Can the effort be saved? Ray Zinn wades into international waters in this Tough Things First podcast with guest host Rob Artigo. Rob Artigo: That’s me, Rob Artigo, your guest host for this edition of the Tough Things First podcast. I’m a writer and an […]

Duration:00:09:14

Tariffs

8/29/2018
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Is it a trade war or simply leveling the playing field? President Trump’s tariffs have been applauded and criticized, but where’s it all headed. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explains the purpose of placing fees on imports and why other countries do it to American goods. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for this edition […]

Duration:00:12:53

Facebook Missteps

8/22/2018
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Facebook appears to be sliding backwards because of recent missteps. Will it become a cautionary tale for start-ups in the future? In another Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn is asked about what Facebook’s struggles may mean going forward. Rob Artigo: Welcome back. I’m Rob Artigo, entrepreneur and writer. Happy to be back for another edition of the Tough Things […]

Duration:00:12:14

CEO Misconduct

8/15/2018
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High profile resignations and terminations of CEOs continue to rock the business world. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn talks about CEO misconduct and seeking higher personal standards as a chief executive. Rob Artigo: I’m back. Rob Artigo here. Your guest host for another Tough Things First Podcast with are always thoughtful author and successful entrepreneur, the man […]

Duration:00:15:19

Skin Deep

8/8/2018
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It has been said beauty is only skin deep, but in our ever changing world, beauty is a growing priority and infinitely more possible with the right amount of money. In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast. Ray Zinn discusses the growing trend of paying for it, the virtue of aging gracefully, and should government be involved? Rob […]

Duration:00:13:44

God Talk

8/1/2018
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As with politics, you’ve probably been told, the subject of God is forbidden in some circles. But does that also mean God is forbidden in the public square? Ray Zinn answers this delicate question in the latest Tough Things First podcast. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo. Guest host for this edition of The Tough Things First Podcast with Ray Zinn, […]

Duration:00:10:55

Personal Trainer

7/25/2018
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You’ve probably considered a personal trainer for your physical health, but what about your mind? In this new Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn and guest host Rob Artigo weigh the pros and cons of letting someone else inside your head. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to Tough Things First, the podcast. I’m Rob Artigo, I’m a writer and a business […]

Duration:00:12:59