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  • Nothing is impossible for an entrepreneur who faces challenges

    Enjoy Adversity

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    My marketing director was into martial arts, and always trained with someone at least 10% heavier and three inches...

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  • Tech Investing

    Technology Investing

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-BeingTechInvestr01.mp3What does Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, and now a tech investor, think about tech investing and the current...

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  • Small business planning for recessions

    How small businesses can plan for the next cyclical downturn

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    “Economists have predicted twenty-three of the last four recessions.” This ancient joke has a bit of wisdom to it....

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  • startup founder confidence

    Founder Confidence

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-FounderConfidence01.mp3Do founders of startups need confidence? Silicon Valley’s prototype founder tells you so and why. Guy Smith: Hello and...

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  • Passion for Entrepreneurship

    Pros and Cons of Passion

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-PassionProCon01.mp3You can follow your passion, but it takes a lot more than that to be a successful entrepreneur. In...

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  • Employee Compensation

    Employee Piece of the Pie

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-EmployeesPie01.mp3Employees want a larger share of the pie as they stick with a company. Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley’s longest...

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  • Sameer Saran of ParkStash on the Tough Things First podcast

    ParkStash – Pivoting in a young startup

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Samir-ParkStash01.mp3The essence of adapting a startup. In the episode of the Tough Things First podcast, ZinnStarter Fellow Sameer Saran...

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  • Michael Canic and Ray Zinn on the Tough Things First podcast

    Making Strategy Happen – Michael Canic

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Canic-01-1.mp3Strategy is often easier than execution. In this episode of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn chats with...

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  • Alpha, Beta Leadership

    Alpha, Beta, Blended Leadership

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    Have you ever watched a wild stallion? They effortlessly switch between being rather tender nurturing of their harem and...

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  • team innovation

    Creative Teams

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-CreativeTeams01.mp3No matter how large or small your creative teams are, you’ll want to maximize their cohesiveness and innovation. But...

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  • How to grow your startup wisely

    Startup Scaling

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    Anyone who has gone rock climbing knows that scaling a wall is hard, takes a long time, and if...

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  • wisdom

    Knowledge versus Wisdom

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-KnowledgeVsWisdom01.mp3Spending your life in academia doesn’t promise wisdom, any more than working in the trenches guarantees knowledge. In the...

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  • Entrepreneur Littigation

    You Will Be Sued

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    “You can’t call yourself an Adult American until you have been sued at least once.” That is my Marketing...

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  • venture capitalists

    Venture Capitalist Control

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-VC-Control01.mp3Why do venture capitalists (a.k.a. vulture capitalists) always want controlling interest in a startup? Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO...

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  • Shariq Shah - Ambii

    Pivoting – Shariq Shah and the Music Industry

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Shariq-01.mp3Nearly every startup pivots. In this Tough Things First podcast episode, Ray Zinn chats with Shariq Shah, one of...

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