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Mr. Raymond Zinn D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Micrel , Inc.

HQ Phone: (408) 944-0800

Micrel , Inc.

1849 Fortune Dr

San Jose, California 95131

United States

Company Description

Micrel, Incorporated is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high-bandwidth markets. The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high-performance communication, clo... more

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Employment History

Region Sales Manager



Board Member
Sacramento Business Journal

Chairman of The International Advisory Committee
College of Business at San Jose State University


Industrial Management
Brigham Young University



Business Administration
San Jose State University


San Jose State

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ough Things First: Words of wisdom ...

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ough Things First: Words of wisdom with Ray Zinn

The Tough Things First podcast is where you receive short bursts of Ray Zinn's leadership, executive and entrepreneur's wisdom.
Greg McKeown, the New York Times bestselling author of Essentialism interviews Ray Zinn to discuss discipline and how is makes leaders more effective.
Ray Zinn is quoted in Essentualism and now the two discuss their mutual interest about doing more by doing less.
Anu Parthasarathy interviews Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, on why entrepreneurs who having a focus on people are more successful than those who focus on money, and how any leader can change their focus accordingly.
Episode 15: Audience questions for Ray Zinn
Ray Zinn answers questions encountered at his speaking events, and those from Tough Things First audience members.
Ray Zinn discusses Silicon Valley entrepreneurism with a special guest interviewer, now active in the red hot tech culture.
In this episode of the Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn discusses how policies can actually cause problem within an organization.
Ray Zinn has some specific thoughts about the topic of immigration, enforcement and the U.S. economy. With 37 years running a very successful semiconductor company, Ray has seen the impact of bring in talent from abroad as well as the rampant offshoring within his industry, so his thoughts on immigration will be multifaceted.
Ray Zinn answers a listener question from Episode 2 concerning discipline and the organization.
In this episode, Ray discusses anger, hostility and contention between people, where does it come from, how it hurts an organization, and a what leader can do to mitigate it to create a win-win situation.
Ray goes into great detail about entrepreneurial focus, how to construct filters to prevent being overwhelmed, the necessity of managerial and financial stall horns, and more.
Today we talk economics and elections with Ray Zinn.
In this episode, Ray Zinn discusses what are the true and largely non-monetary motives great entrepreneurs have, and how to make those visions part of every employee's outlook.
Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest serving CEO, discusses how to keep focus when the life of a business leader seems to be one distraction after another.
Ray Zinn, founder and CEO of the most consistently profitable semiconductor company in Silicon Valley, discusses how a leader drives the discipline to execute well to every employee.
Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, and founder of Micrel Semiconductor, discusses why digging into the minutia of business is actually exciting for entrepreneurs, and how to get excited if you are not.
Listen to Ray Zinn, who founded his semiconductor company without VC money, discuss how venture capital can knock a founder off track, cripple the development of an enduring corporate culture, and drain enthusiasm from the entire organization.
Ray Zinn discusses how discipline for entrepreneurs is an essential element to their own growth, but also to the cultural conditioning of everyone within an organization.
Ray Zinn discusses the core philosophy and the dramatic effects it can have on productivity, time management, leadership and more.
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This philosophy of learning to do hard things first is a philosophy that my good friend Ray Zinn, has lived by for many years. In fact, according to Ray, this is one of the most important lessons he has learned in life and it's one he has followed throughout his entire career, as an inventor, an entrepreneur and as a CEO in Silicon Valley. Ray, spent nearly 40 years as the President, Chairman and CEO of Micrel, a semiconductor company he started back in 1978. His run of almost 40 years, which was actually the longest term of any CEO of a public company in Silicon Valley ever, came to end last year, after Ray, reluctantly decided to sell the company he pioneered to another semiconductor company, Microchip, for $839 million. Ray said that even though he preferred not to sell he knew it was the best decision for the company shareholders, so he agreed to the deal.

Get the Tough Things Done
In any case, Ray recently sat down with me on my weekly radio show to discuss his new book and to explain why he feels so strongly about doing the tough things first. According to Ray, that is how you get the most efficiency out of your day. "If you focus on getting rid of the things you don't want to do…look how fast the rest of your day is going to go because you'll have gotten rid of all those difficult things that bug you. Ray went on to point out that if you have a problem you don't want to deal with you're going to be thinking about that problem all day long.

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Tough Things First: Leadership Lessons - Ray Zinn

Tough Things First:
Zinn tells you what it takes to succeed in a world where markets are constantly changing, new technologies are emerging and small startups are going head to head with industry giants. How to connect your mind, body and soul to get the job done.
• Find your vision, set your goals, and make them happen • Build your business like you'd train your body: with heart, soul, mind, and passion • Master the psychological disciplines that will sharpen your focus and drive • Create a corporate culture that engages employees and inspires confidence • Put people first and push them to achieve their personal best • Tackle the tough jobs today?and ensure your success tomorrow.
In addition to his legendary career in Silicon Valley, Ray 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. So, from smart watches to drone technology and how the microchip has evolved-for better or for worse-he can also discuss how America now ranks 12th among industrialized nations for startups. Economics and public policy have stacked the deck against people who might otherwise start new businesses and bring new innovations to market. Being an "entrepreneur" for many has been redefined as subcontracting to Uber. Zinn can discuss:
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. More info can be found on Zinn's social media pages: Linked In (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rayzinn) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Ray_Zinn_) and at ToughThingsFirst.com.
The precise recipe for success may change ? for example, my 32-year-old company, Cypress Semiconductor, used venture funding, while Zinn preached and achieved financial independence ? but Zinn shows how startups must have and truly practice their core values to succeed." -T.J. Rodgers, President & CEO, Cypress Semiconductor Corp
"Ray Zinn has chronicled the discipline, the cultural foundation blocks and the tough decisions required of a successful start-up. Ray explains how, "discipline defines success" under his four principles: Focus, Short Time Frames, Frugality and Being the Best." -Michael Shepherd, President and CEO, Bank of the West
"Ray Zinn's journey is not only a genuine Silicon Valley success story but also a remarkable life story from which nearly anyone can draw important lessons. In Tough Things First, Ray explores not only the "how-to" aspects of building a company but also the mindset and character traits ? discipline, intense focus and attention to detail ? needed for lasting entrepreneurial success. Most importantly, in an era when success is too often defined by publicity, speedy "exits" and financial windfalls, Ray reminds us that the fulfillment of building a thriving, enduring enterprise is the reward that a true entrepreneur seeks."
"If you stitch Ray Zinn's life together and look at what he's achieved, despite the odds or the skepticism or the impediments that have been presented - doing a start-up business [without venture capital], his sudden vision impairment, the ups and downs of our industry.

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Ray Zinn, Founder of Micrel

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