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  • SPECIAL EDITION: China, chips and security

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Guy-China-and-Chips.mp3China wants to dominate semiconductors, and vertically integrate manufacturing. This is a global threat on many fronts. Ray Zinn, founder of Micrel Semiconductor, discusses why and what to do about it. Guy Smith: Welcome back to the Tough Things...

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  • The Interconnectedness of Things

    Let’s agree that the phrase “Internet of Things” is a bad idea. Some might think this a picked nit, but how we organize our thinking either accelerates or retards progress. This is doubly so when we conceptualize disruptive technology...

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  • 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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