Entrepreneurs

  • Sep142017
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    Exporting Silicon Valley

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    It is time to export Silicon Valley. Several intersecting trends make this a necessity. The Silicon Valley success formula...

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  • Sep082017
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    Six Steps to Surviving Three Years

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    The odds of your startup being around three years from now are not good. Statics show that about nine...

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  • Aug312017
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    Tech, disruption and policy

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    To disrupt is to make significant change. This is where technology reigns and why facilitating disruption should be public...

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  • Jul032017
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    Five Plus Steps to Success

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    Leave it to engineers to reduce the formula for success to a mathematical equation. Ps = 1 – Pf...

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  • Apr252017
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    Why Silicon Valley’s Mystique Isn’t Being Exported

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    Silicon Valley’s aura is unique. Try though they might, other localities have yet to replicate it and might never...

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  • Mar272017
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    Your Personal Brand

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    Iago knew of what he spoke of when saying, “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is...

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  • Mar072017
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    The Pros and Cons Of Venture Capital

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    The only thing more popular in Silicon Valley than food and sex is venture capital. Silicon Valley runs on...

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  • Nov222016
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    Your Problem Employee is The Dysfunctional-Functional Employee

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    One of the biggest mistakes that I made while running my company Micrel for 37 years was to hang...

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  • Sep172016
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    Picking your first Board of Directors

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    Congratulations! You have grown your business to the point that you need a board of directors (BOD). The good...

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  • Aug232016
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    Plans, Funds and Thinking

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    Go-to-market plans seem nearly out of vogue in Silicon Valley. After leading the most consistently profitable semiconductor company, and...

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  • Aug162016
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    Debt: the toothsome tiger

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    Cheap money is like cheap food. It tempts some people to overeat. Money has never been cheaper. Some nations,...

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  • Aug092016
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    The Advice to Follow … Or Not

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    “You shouldn’t work for anyone.” That odd advice came from my boss over 40 years ago. It was insightful,...

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  • Aug032016
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    Special Edition: Draper University student interviews Ray Zinn on Venture Capital

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Special-Edition-Angie-Carrillo-not-taking-venture-capital.mp3Angie Carrillo, a student at Draper University and co-founder of Liks.co, interviews Ray Zinn about funding startups. The wide-ranging...

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  • Jul212016
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    Success Through Adversity

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    Adversity is like manure; it stinks but it helps us grow. If any one lesson could be imparted to...

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  • Jul142016
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    Crafting The Ideal Workplace

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    A lot of people enjoy working from home, because to them it is the ideal workplace. So why isn’t...

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