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  • Jan192018
    Article

    The Interconnectedness of Things

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    Let’s agree that the phrase “Internet of Things” is a bad idea. Some might think this a picked nit,...

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  • Jan172018
    Erik Huberman and Ray Zinn
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    Erik Huberman of Hawke Media grills Ray Zinn

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Erik-TTF-Talk.mp3Bootstrapping, sustainability, work/life and profitability. In this wide ranging special edition of the Tough Things First podcast, guest host...

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  • Jan102018
    Article

    Hold ‘Em

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-99-Ray-Rob-Hold-em.mp3In business, a winning hand starts with knowing the game and the players. In this edition of Tough Things...

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  • Jan082018
    Article

    Tech Cycle Survival

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    When I launched my semiconductor company, I was betting my family’s entire future on a widely cyclical industry. I...

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  • Jan032018
    Article

    Pricing

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-98-Ray-Rob-Pricing.mp3Entrepreneurs face many challenges, any number of which can lead to failure. As critical as any is pricing your...

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  • Dec272017
    Article

    Making Predictions

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-97-Ray-Rob-Making-Predictions.mp3Crystal balls are useless, but predicting future events and trends is not impossible. In this edition of Tough Things...

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  • Dec202017
    Article

    Stick To It

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-96-Ray-Rob-Stick-To-It.mp3What is worse than procrastination? When you are often starting projects, but never finishing them. In this edition of...

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  • Dec132017
    Article

    Quitting Losing Battles

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-95-Ray-Rob-Losing-Battles.mp3Losing battles … most people have experienced a moment when they realized they were fighting a losing battle, and...

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  • Dec062017
    Article

    Taking Responsibility

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-94-Ray-Rob-Taking-Responsibility.mp3It’s easy to accept responsibility when things are going well, but what happens when it all goes wrong? In...

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  • Dec052017
    AI
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    Proactive AI

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    Some people think artificial intelligence (AI) will end civilization. These folks are not worried about today’s common forms of...

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  • Nov292017
    Article

    Getting Distracted

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-93-Ray-Rob-Getting-Distracted.mp3Distractions can be deadly to a business. In this edition of Tough Things First, Ray Zinn and guest host...

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  • Nov222017
    Article

    There Is No Pot Of Gold

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-92-Ray-Rob-Pot-Of-Gold.mp3The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is exactly what you’d expect, a fantasy. In this...

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  • Nov152017
    Article

    All You Got

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-91-Ray-Rob-Giving-It-All-You-Got.mp3Running a business isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Are you giving it all you’ve got? In this edition...

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  • Nov082017
    failure and success in business
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    Improving The Odds Of Success

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-90-Ray-Rob-Odds-of-Success.mp3The odds against a successful new venture are sizable. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking the chance....

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  • Nov012017
    Article

    An Entrepreneur’s Worst Enemy

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-89-Ray-Rob-Entrepreneurs-Worst-Enemy.mp3Sometimes the greatest challenge to success is the person staring back at you in the mirror. In this edition...

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