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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_

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English


Episodes

Business and America First

9/21/2017
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The United Nation’s General Assembly heard a fiery speech from Donald Trump, and the President’s critics were quick to call it arrogant. Was it arrogant to say he was putting the US first? In this podcast, Ray Zinn discusses that question.

Duration: 00:07:48


Revenue vs Profit

9/20/2017
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In entrepreneurial circles, you’re likely to hear talk of companies focused on revenue, while others focus on profitability. These approaches are very different and at odds in many ways. In this edition of Tough Things First, Ray Zinn and guest host Rob Artigo discuss the differences and the risks. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to another Tough Things First podcast. I’m […]

Duration: 00:10:42


Listener Questions

9/13/2017
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How do you go about hiring people? Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, talks about the qualities to look for aside from skills and general competency and answers other questions he has received from the Tough Things First audience. Guy Smith: Good morning Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. Another episode of the Tough Things […]

Duration: 00:12:00


Employee Engagement

9/6/2017
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Low employee engagement is costly, but there are solutions. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses what a CEO can impact the day-to-day engagement levels of employees. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, guest host for this edition of Tough Things First with Ray Zinn. I’m a screenwriter and entrepreneur. Happy to be back again, Ray. Ray Zinn: It’s […]

Duration: 00:08:44


When to Take on Debt

8/30/2017
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Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, is famous for having leveraged himself, and not venture capital, to launch semiconductor company Micrel. Ray discusses the situations that make initial debt financing a smart move. Guy Smith: Good morning, everybody, and welcome to the Tough Things First podcast, where we pick the brain of Mr. Ray Zinn, the longest-serving […]

Duration: 00:08:59


The Worst Things a CEO Can Do

8/23/2017
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Employee engagement is traditionally very low, but a careless or complacent CEO can make things even worse. In this Tough Things First podcast, legendary Silicon Valley CEO Ray Zinn talks about the WORST thing a CEO can do if he or she wants to improve company morale and employee engagement? Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, guest host for this edition […]

Duration: 00:08:53


Picking Mentors

8/16/2017
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Realistically, how many startup CEOs need mentors? All of them. Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO talks about why mentors matter and how to choose them. Guy Smith: Welcome back to the Tough Things First podcast. I’m you’re guest host today, Guy Smith. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. It’s always a good day here in Silicon […]

Duration: 00:11:39


Bad Managers

8/9/2017
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Leading a company of any size is a challenge, and even more so if a CEO can’t count on his or her managers. In this edition of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn addresses the key warning signs of a poor or inadequate manager. Rob Artigo: Hi, I’m Rob Artigo, entrepreneur and screenwriter, happy to be back for another […]

Duration: 00:12:34


When Customers Leave

8/2/2017
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There seem to be two different types of customer defection problems. Big, sudden, critical client losses and slow trickles. Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, talks about how to handle each type, and what causes these defections. Guy Smith: Hello everybody and welcome once again to the Tough Things First podcast. I’m you’re guest host Guy Smith […]

Duration: 00:13:17


CIO … Optional

7/26/2017
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Is a Chief Information Officer necessary? Ray Zinn discusses what a CIO does, and why your company may not need a CIO. Rob Artigo: Thank you for listening to Tough Things First. I’m Rob Artigo. I’m a writer and business owner in California. Hello, Mr. Zinn. Ready for another topic? Ray Zinn: We are ready. So good to be with […]

Duration: 00:14:09


Good Listeners

7/19/2017
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Great entrepreneurs are good listeners, while some entrepreneurs just think they are good listeners. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses the components of good listening and explores the advantages of putting your mouth in neutral. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to another Tough Things First. I’m Rob Artigo, writer and business owner in northern California. Thanks for having […]

Duration: 00:11:16


Selling

7/12/2017
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Selling a new product in a crowded field. In this addition of Tough Things First, Ray Zinn gives advice about how to crack the toughest nut in business; getting in the door when your product is great, but you’re new to the market place. Ray considers the question from the seller and buyer points of view. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob […]

Duration: 00:10:08


Avoiding Risk

7/5/2017
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Resisting the temptation to avoid responsibility. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn is quizzed about our changing culture. Are we beginning to have an aversion to change and are we too often relying on others, even computer algorithms, to make big decisions for us? Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, entrepreneur and screenwriter and happy to be back for […]

Duration: 00:11:46


Picking Mentors

6/28/2017
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Every startup needs a mentor, or even a few. But who should you choose. The one your VC insists on, or someone else? And what should their qualities be? Guy Smith: Welcome back to the “Tough Things First” podcast. I’m your guest host today, Guy Smith, and I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. It’s always a good day […]

Duration: 00:11:39


Startup Hurdles

6/21/2017
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Tough Things First guest host Rob Artigo, talks with Ray Zinn and Ray’s former employee, Paul Moore, to explore some of the key hurdles for startups in the modern business climate. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, guest host, for another edition of Tough Things First. Paul Moore is here with me today, he worked with Ray Zinn for quite a […]

Duration: 00:12:30


Trust

6/14/2017
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What is trust and why does management lose it? Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, discusses the nature of trust and how it must be the core any any good organization. Guy Smith: My name is Guy Smith, I’m your guest host on the Tough Things First podcast and as always, we’re sitting down with Ray Zinn, […]

Duration: 00:09:26


The Good Boss

6/7/2017
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Anyone who has worked in enough companies knows good and bad bosses. Tough Things First guest host Rob Artigo, talks with Ray Zinn and Ray’s former employee, Paul Moore, about what makes a good boss. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo. I’m a writer and business owner in California and guest host for this edition of Tough Things First. Hi Ray. […]

Duration: 00:16:15


Quitting to Succeed

5/31/2017
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Sometimes you have to quit to get ahead. This happens when other things are holding you back. Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, quit his job to found Micrel, the most consistently profitable semiconductor company in Silicon Valley. Hear his story about when to know when to drop the dead weight of a job. Guy Smith: Hello […]

Duration: 00:13:03


Bringing Jobs Back to America

5/24/2017
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The outlook for businesses in the U.S. is in flux, and the climate may be right to entice some companies to bring off shore manufacturing back. Tough Things First guest host Rob Artigo, talks with Ray Zinn and Ray’s former employee, Paul Moore, to get an idea of what it will take to bring those businesses back.

Duration: 00:12:55


Managing a Workforce

5/17/2017
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Managing your workforce and worker’s pool. In this addition of Tough Things First, Ray Zinn is host to David Williams, successful entrepreneur and author, to discuss the challenges and benefits of modern hiring. Ray Zinn: Thank you ever so much for joining me today. So this is Dave Williams of Fishbowl, and a great author and a contributing writer […]

Duration: 00:11:31

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