Ray Zinn

Ray Zinn

Inventor, entrepreneur, author of Tough Things First
Raymond “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 and for co-founding semiconductor company, Micrel (acquired by Microchip in 2015). 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 ToughThingsFirst.comAmazon and other booksellers.
Begging for a Return to Respectful Communications
Leadership

Begging for a Return to Respectful Communications

Lay aside your differences and aspire for healthier discussions and communications. Everybody will be happier.
How Your First Board of Directors Shapes Your Company
Board of Directors

How Your First Board of Directors Shapes Your Company

Extending control to others is a big step. Make sure you choose the right mix of leadership and industry experience.
Debt Is the Tiger That Will Eat Your Company
Debt

Debt Is the Tiger That Will Eat Your Company

A company founded on debt often must borrow more later but finds no bank interested in lending.
Plan How to Take Your Product to Market, Not Just to Potential Investors.
Business Optimization

Plan How to Take Your Product to Market, Not Just to Potential Investors.

Too little planning is bad but, sometimes, so is too much investment money.
When Is Bigger Smaller?
Management

When Is Bigger Smaller?

The key to growing your company is staying small.
Working 80 Hours a Week is Not Actually What Leads to Success
Make More Happen

Working 80 Hours a Week is Not Actually What Leads to Success

If you're always working 10-hour days, somebody needs to explain 'diminishing returns' to you.
Entrepreneurs Who Are In It for the Money Never Get Rich
Motivation

Entrepreneurs Who Are In It for the Money Never Get Rich

If you're in it just for the money, find a well paying job. Entrepreneurship is not your line of work.
Stress and the Entrepreneur
Make More Happen

Stress and the Entrepreneur

Learning how to cope with the inevitable stress of entrepreneurship is essential for the health for you and your business.
The Key to Hiring the Best Employees
Hiring

The Key to Hiring the Best Employees

Low turnover, better corporate culture and extreme longevity are benefits of tapping the best workers.
How to Ask the Right Question in the Right Way
Communication Strategies

How to Ask the Right Question in the Right Way

Here are eight things to think about to sharpen your interviewing style.
How My Not-So-Hot Rod Taught Me the Difference Between Endearing and Enduring
Ready To Launch

How My Not-So-Hot Rod Taught Me the Difference Between Endearing and Enduring

Money hunting with venture capitalists is like dumping cash into a sports car -- a success only for the short term.