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  • offshoring manufacturing

    Offshoring

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Offshoring01.mp3There’s no rule that says you must offshore even a fraction of your manufacturing needs, but it’s an option....

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  • Money Hunt

    Balancing the Money Hunt

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-MoneyHuntBalance01.mp3Founders may need to go on the “money hunt” to raise capital. But they need to maintain control. Silicon...

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  • Renegade Employees should be handled like fighter pilots

    Dealing with Renegade High Achievers

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    I was a renegade employee. I got fired for it. That led me to becoming the longest serving CEO...

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  • New ideas and new technologies for an exciting future

    New Tech, Exciting Futures

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ExcitingTrends01.mp3It’s an exciting era in technology. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray discusses recent breakthroughs that are catching...

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  • startup founder exhaultion

    Founder Overload

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-FounderOverload01.mp3Why do startup founders kill themselves work themselves to death? They shouldn’t, according to Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO....

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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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