Podcasts

  • Surviving a Business Downturn

    Surviving a Downturn – Three Tough Things series

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/TTF-series-RayGuy-SurviveDownturn01.mp3What should a business leader, especially a startup CEO, do to survive a downturn. Ray Zinn, the longest serving...

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  • Balance between business success and social activism

    Social Causes and Smart Business

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-CauseBiz01.mp3Stories and charitable causes are a dime a dozen in the modern start-up era. What is the right balance...

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  • Choosing the right leadership style

    Dictator Leadership

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Dictators01.mp3Sometimes you choose a management style and sometimes it chooses you. In this edition of the Tough Things First...

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  • How entrepreneurs can make decisions differently

    Decide Differently

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-DecisionsDifferently01.mp3Entrepreneurs make decisions all day, but do successful entrepreneurs make decisions differently? In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray...

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  • bad manager

    Bad Managers

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-BadManagers01.mp3At one time or another, we’ve probably all worked for a bad manager and perhaps wondered if the boss’s...

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  • Managing Managers

    Managing Managers

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ManagingMngrs01.mp3In a diverse workplace with varying levels of experience and drive, managers come in all types. But knowing how...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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