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Advice From the Longest Serving CEO of a Publicly Traded Silicon Valley Company, with Ray Zinn
Ray Zinn, a Silicon Valley pioneer, joins C-Suite host Kelly Scanlon in this episode of Talking Business Now. Ray co-founded microchip company Micrel in 1978 and bootstrapped it to profitability. Best-known as the longest-serving CEO of a publicly traded Silicon Valley company, he delivered a total equity value of more than $800 million when Microchip acquired the company in 2015. During his 37 years with Micrel, he served as president, CEO and chairman of the board.
Today, Ray is a speaker, author and leader of a Silicon Valley accelerator called ZinnStarter, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build profitable and lasting companies.
- Why he bucked the traditional Silicon Valley mindset and bootstrapped the company rather than starting it with venture capital.
- His formula for building a profitable, sustainable company. Ray led Micrel through eight downturns in the global chip markets, including the dot-com bust and the Great Recession.
- His perspective on why so many startups fail—and how to avoid it.
- How to handle mistakes.
- His philosophy on decision-making.
- How he earned 20 patents for semiconductor design by challenging his team to be innovative.
- How he created a corporate culture at Micrel built on dignity of the individual.
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