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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • Tech Cycle Survival

    When I launched my semiconductor company, I was betting my family’s entire future on a widely cyclical industry. I had 36 profitable GAAP years out of 37; the one-off year resulted in a tiny loss, and that was due...

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  • AI

    Proactive AI

    Some people think artificial intelligence (AI) will end civilization. These folks are not worried about today’s common forms of AI, but tomorrow’s more decisive AI, one that can take actions. Though their concerns are overblown, we are facing a...

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  • Business and America First

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-85-Ray-Rob-TrumpSpeech.mp3The United Nation’s General Assembly heard a fiery speech from Donald Trump, and the President’s critics were quick to call it arrogant. Was it arrogant to say he was putting the US first? In this podcast, Ray Zinn discusses...

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  • Why So Many Tech Companies Are Having Difficulty Surviving After Five Years

    FitBit, one of the high-flying consumer tech startups, priced their IPO at $20. Today it is trading for less than $6 and the company is losing money. GoPro, the action-camera company, went public for $24 a share, is barely...

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  • Exporting Silicon Valley

    It is time to export Silicon Valley. Several intersecting trends make this a necessity. The Silicon Valley success formula has been proven over many decades, and the rest of America can readily adopt it. Economic advancement, especially with the...

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  • Profit from experience

    Six Steps to Surviving Three Years

    The odds of your startup being around three years from now are not good. Statics show that about nine of every ten new businesses fail that quickly. Often it isn’t from a lack of hard work or even a...

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