As the trailblazing founder and CEO of Micrel, Inc., one of the world’s leading microchip companies, Ray Zinn bootstrapped his company, achieved consistent profitability, and delivered a total equity value of more than $800 million at its acquisition.
In 37 years of leading this publicly traded microchip empire, he saw it through the dot-com bust and Great Recession―with only one unprofitable year―relying on his discipline as a leader, passion as an inventor, and training as an athlete. Zinn is in the process of launching a Silicon Valley accelerator that will help business visionaries build profitable, enduring companies.
In this episode you’ll:
- Learn why we tend to put of some of our most important work
- Discover how Ray took the contrarian view of start up companies and venture capital
- Learn why 9 out of 10 start ups fail and how you can avoid that trap
- Realize that it’s important to help your employees have an entrepreneurial mindset
“You have to be committed to saying I’m going to learn to love the things I hate doing.” Ray Zinn
Stacey Alcorn is the author of REACH! and Tuned In. She is a business strategy and sales consultant for large corporations and Global Fortune 100 Firms. She is also a keynote speaker, blogger, trainer, and start-up consultant. Her sales training products have been licensed by hundreds of organizations around the world who use her one-of-a kind sales training materials as the genesis for their own brand growth. Make sure to sign up here for my REACH! Weekly News for awesome interviews with Leaders & Visionaries that I only share with my VIP members.