Media Resources

This page contains resources useful to the media for Ray Zinn, his book Tough Things First, and Tough Things First Ventures.

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Standard promotional headshot of Ray Zinn

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Corporate headshot of Ray Zinn

Ray Zinn, smiling corporate headshot

ay Zinn, impassioned leadership

Ray Zinn, passing along management wisdom to the next generation

Ray Zinn - Youth Gymnast
Ray Zinn, teenage gymnast

Corporate headshot of Ray Zinn.

Ray Zinn in leadership action at Micrel

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Ray Zinn during media interview at Bloomberg Radio

Ray Zinn with the “bunny suits” at Micrel

Ray Zinn, giving a pep talk to a college football team

Handstand at age 65
Ray Zinn, doing handstands at age 65 at the Micrel HQ


Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn is an inventor, entrepreneur, and the longest serving CEO of a publicly traded company in Silicon Valley. He is best known for creating and selling the first Wafer Stepper (an industry standard piece of semiconductor manufacturing equipment), and for co-founding semiconductor company, Micrel (acquired by Microchip in 2015), which provides essential components for smartphones, consumer electronics and enterprise networks. He served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of its Board of Directors and President since Micrel’s inception in 1978 until his retirement in August 2015. Zinn’s philosophy on people, servant leadership, humanistic management and the ethics of corporate culture are credited with Micrel’s nearly unbroken profitability. Zinn also holds over 20 patents for semiconductor design. A proud great-grandfather, he is actively-retired and mentoring entrepreneurs. His new book, Tough Things First (McGraw Hill), is available at, Amazon and other fine booksellers.  In addition, review copies are available upon request.