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  • Tax Payers to Help U.S. Chip Makers with $52B. Is it Doomed to Repeat History? US Government is set to spend billions on American semiconductor manufacturing. Is it an aggressive, much needed, offensive against aggressive, international dominance or destined for disaster? Few industry leaders know where this is headed like Ray Zinn. In...

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  • Whatever it Takes. No Excuses. Zinn is joined by his former CFO at Micrel, Robert Barker, to discuss the culture of success fueled by the attitude of doing “whatever it takes. No excuses.”   Ray Zinn: Welcome to another Tough Things First podcast....

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  • Virtual work creates issues for maintaining innovation

    Innovate Virtually Wright, Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University, chats with Ray Zinn on how to innovate virtually, which with work-from-home, may now be the new norm. Ray Zinn: Hello, everyone. This is Ray Zinn....

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  • Planning for business financial disasters and downturns

    Financial Disaster Planning Barker, a tech veteran CFO, joins Ray Zinn to discuss disaster planning for CFOs and the tech industry in general. Ray Zinn: Hello everyone. This is Ray Zinn. I am the host for this Tough Things First podcast....

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  • How business leaders choose to make innovation happen

    Three Innovation Engines

    How you innovate depends on what you are innovating. A lot of startups hate hearing that. They have the “magic wand” fallacy concerning innovation, that by bringing smart people together, magical things can happen. This is true in as...

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  • Entrepreneurial Pivoting During Disasters

    Entrepreneur, Prepare to Pivot

    SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) came around 2002. It was right at the end of the dot-com implosion. For me at Micrel this was the perfect storm. This precursor to today’s coronavirus epidemic was a make-or-break moment for many...

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