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  • Aug172016
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    Episode 19 – Being Driven but not Being a Slave Driver

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-19-Being-Driven-but-not-Being-a-Slave-Driver.mp3Entrepreneurs are driven. How can they remain driven without driving their employees crazy? Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley explains to a special guest interviewer where the divide is between motivation and slave driving.

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  • Aug162016
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    Debt: the toothsome tiger

    Cheap money is like cheap food. It tempts some people to overeat. Money has never been cheaper. Some nations, attempting to re-inflate their economies, are actually issuing zero percent loans to banks in the hope they will offer nearly...

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  • Aug092016
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    The Advice to Follow … Or Not

    “You shouldn’t work for anyone.” That odd advice came from my boss over 40 years ago. It was insightful, timely and genuine guidance from a man holding a large purchase order from Texas Instruments for a product we did...

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

    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 discussion covers what founders need to think about when they seek money to get things going.

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  • Jul212016
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    Success Through Adversity

    Adversity is like manure; it stinks but it helps us grow. If any one lesson could be imparted to a person, this is it. Too often people fold when adversity looms large. Successful people, and almost every entrepreneur, do...

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  • Jul142016
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    Crafting The Ideal Workplace

    A lot of people enjoy working from home, because to them it is the ideal workplace. So why isn’t your company headquarters more like your home? Leaders have a mandate to craft corporate cultures and work environments. This includes...

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