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  • The Cryptocurrency Gamble

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Crypto01.mp3Not too long ago we talked about chasing unicorns in Silicon Valley and the downfall of Elizabeth Holmes. Now...

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  • Is Your Startup Doomed? It doesn’t Have to Be.

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-StartupRealities01.mp3Is your startup doomed, or headed in the right direction? What it comes down to is will people trust...

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  • Micromanagement for Success

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-MicroManage01.mp3Micromanagement. Does it get a bad rap? As head of Micrel Semiconductor for 37 years, Ray Zinn took a...

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  • The Right Company Hires the Right Person

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-HiringAdvice01.mp3In thirty-seven years as CEO of Micrel Semiconductor, Ray Zinn has done his share of hiring at all levels....

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  • Tax Payers to Help U.S. Chip Makers with $52B. Is it Doomed to Repeat History?

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-SemiBillions01.mp3The US Government is set to spend billions on American semiconductor manufacturing. Is it an aggressive, much needed, offensive...

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  • Business Survival in Downturns and Recession

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-DownturnRecession01.mp3There is little debate that the economy has hit the skids. Is your business ready? In this Tough Things...

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  • Why Businesses Fail

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-WhyBusinessesFail-01.mp3Success in the mind comes before anything gets started in business, but how much consideration is given to the...

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  • Surviving Calamity

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-SurvivingCalamity-01.mp3A calamity can be home grown, natural, or an attack like 9/11. Effective business leaders know how to overcome...

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  • Who Moved the Cheese?

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-RobertBarker-Cheese01b.mp3The ability to pivot is not only an option in business, but also a necessity. In this Tough Things...

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  • Inflation Nation. How We Got Here. When it Will End.

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Inflation01.mp3From lumber prices to gas prices, all the way down to toilet paper, everything is more expensive. A New...

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  • The Evolution of Semiconductor R and D

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Quinn-RandDEvolution01.mp3It’s the technology that transformed nearly every aspect of our lives and holds the promise of a totally unpredictable...

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  • Whatever it Takes. No Excuses.

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-RobertBarker-WhateverItTakes01.mp3Ray Zinn is joined by his former CFO at Micrel, Robert Barker, to discuss the culture of success fueled...

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  • Tubes to Wafers: The Evolution of Semiconductors.

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Quinn-ChipChanges01.mp3Few industry leaders have the breadth of knowledge Ray Zinn has achieved in semiconductors. Over his lifetime, the evolution...

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  • Supply Chain Have You Down?

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-SupplyChain01.mp3The term “supply chain” can be defined simply, but its complexities bring advantages and vulnerabilities the world over. In...

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  • If it’s Too Good to Be True…

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ElizabethHolmes01.mp3Silicon Valley has had more than its share of global market game changers, but also a larger than average...

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