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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
    Article

    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
    Article

    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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  • Jul072016
    Article

    Cash and Your Kingdom

    No company ever failed when it had cash in the bank. This simple rule evades too many executives, from green startup entrepreneurs to seasoned senior staff. The management of cash is so simple, yet so critical to business success,...

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  • Jun292016
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    Episode 14: Multi-generational Entrepreneurism

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-14-Multi-generational-Entrepreneurism.mp3Ray Zinn discusses Silicon Valley entrepreneurism with a special guest interviewer, now active in the red hot tech culture.

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  • Jun222016
    Article

    Money for Nothing

    “If you’re in it just for the money, find another line of work.” Some founders I coach hate hearing that. Real entrepreneurs get it. A founder’s focus on being rich is one criteria I use to filter out seed...

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