Entrepreneurs

  • Zinn's Law

    Zinn’s Law

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ZinnsLaw01.mp3It’s hard to put life into simpler terms, but Zinn’s Law establishes a paradigm that’s hard to oppose. In...

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  • Dealing with Setbacks

    Setbacks

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Setbacks01.mp3Since the day we learned to walk it seems we’ve faced setbacks and challenges. If dealt with properly, these moments...

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  • Taking business risks

    Enjoy Risk

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    Some things scare the pants off me, but most things don’t. You will never see me skydiving, but speaking...

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  • Sources of Good Advice

    Advice

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ValuedAdvice01.mp3Most people can relate to the idea that advice is everywhere, it’s what you do with that information that...

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  • Employee Performance Metrics, Innovation

    Performance Metrics and Innovation

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    There is a natural conflict between standard employee performance metrics and innovation. Being Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO I...

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  • Successful Entrepreneur

    Minting Entrepreneurs

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-MakingEntrep01.mp3Entrepreneurs develop over time through a variety of paths, but is there something different about a successful entrepreneur? In...

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  • Techniques to Overcome Fear in the Entrepreneurial Journey

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    One of the entrepreneur’s first and most recurring challenges – a challenge to the heart, a challenge to passion...

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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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  • Profit from experience

    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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  • 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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  • failure and success in business

    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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  • 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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  • Personal brand

    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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  • 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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  • 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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