Ray Zinn is the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley. He is legendary for founding a semiconductor company without venture capital, a feat nobody else has even dared.
Ray led his company, Micrel, for 37 years, 36 profitably on a GAAP basis. This track record is astounding for many reasons:
- The semiconductor business is wildly cyclical, and companies expect deep losses in down cycles.
- The only unprofitable year was in the wake of the dot-com implosion of the year 2000.
- That year would have been profitable if it were not for a shut-down and write-down of a duplicate fabrication facility.
- Even with this write-down, the loss for the year was a mere $50,000.
ZinnStarter is one arm of Ray’s goal of exporting the positive aspects of Silicon Valley culture to the rest of America. By reaching students in university entrepreneurship programs, Ray intends to impart his experience, encouragement, mentoring and perspective, as well as putting seed money into the pockets of the next Google, Apple, Ford, Walmart or AT&T.
ZINNSTARTER @ IDEAS
IDEAS serves as the voting board for ZinnStarter here at San Jose State. We'll be dividing $10,000 among 5-10 teams after a series of applications, interviews and a trial period that takes place over winter break. Students selected for the program are strongly encouraged to enter future business plan competitions to take their startup projects to the next level. If you think you have what it takes apply here and schedule your interview by Nov 30th!
Last day to submit application | November 30, 2017
Winter break progress report | January 24th, 2018
Selected applicants announced | February 2, 2018
meet the board
Kushal Cuttari: President of IDEAS, Computer Science Major
Sahib Grewal: Events Director for IDEAS, Business Administration Major, Concentration in Marketing
Jazmin Eusebio: Head of PR for IDEAS, Public Relations Major