10 episodes

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.

Tough Things First Ray Zinn

    • Business
    • 5.0, 6 Ratings

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.

    Setting Business Goals

    Setting Business Goals

    If Tough Things First stands for one thing, it’s setting and achieving goals even when they are difficult. In this edition of the Tough Things First Podcast, Ray Zinn talks about setting priorities to meet those goals. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for this edition of the Tough Things First Podcast. Hi, Ray. It’s good to be […]

    • 13 min
    Managing Conflicts

    Managing Conflicts

    In business and in life there are conflicts. Some of those are internal but threaten the external when we lose control. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores how entrepreneurs can find a path to being open minded with conflicting with our core principals. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to another edition of The Tough Things First podcast. I’m […]

    • 14 min
    Bad Decisions, Good Outcomes

    Bad Decisions, Good Outcomes

    Entrepreneurs are bound to make bad decisions, but it’s how they handle them that is the difference between success and failure. Ray Zinn has seen it all and in this Tough Things First podcast he explains how successful business operators process bad decisions differently. Rob Artigo: I’m Rob Artigo, your guest host for this edition of the Tough Things First […]

    • 13 min
    Managing Debt and Corporate Growth

    Managing Debt and Corporate Growth

    When should a company take on debt to enable growth? Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO has some answers. Guy Smith: Hello everyone out in podcast land, welcome again to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast. I’m your guest host today, Guy Smith. And as always, we’re having a little sit down chat with Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, […]

    • 11 min
    Surviving a Downturn – Three Tough Things series

    Surviving a Downturn – Three Tough Things series

    What should a business leader, especially a startup CEO, do to survive a downturn. Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, has survived many of them and shares his knowledge in this first in our “Three Tough Things You Need To Do” series. Guy Smith: Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the Tough Things First podcast […]

    • 26 min
    Social Causes and Smart Business

    Social Causes and Smart Business

    Stories and charitable causes are a dime a dozen in the modern start-up era. What is the right balance to market a business while being civic minded? In this edition of the Tough Things First Podcast, Ray Zinn discusses the purpose of social causes and image building in business. Rob Artigo: Rob Artigo here, your guest host for another edition […]

    • 14 min

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