What Do You Do When A Founder Isn’t Working Out?

By Brett Fox | February 13, 2019

What Do You Do When A Founder Isn’t Working Out? Video By Brett Fox Did you know that over 50% of founder relationships end badly? It’s true. That’s why you need to have a strategy just in case your cofounder relationship(s) don’t work out. I’ll walk you through the steps you need to take if Read More …

How Do You Calculate The Value Of Your Startup?

By Brett Fox | February 12, 2019

How Do You Calculate The Value Of Your Startup? By Brett Fox And the damage from Shark Tank goes on… A few years ago a CEO of a pre-revenue startup reached out to me for guidance. The company was preparing to raise money. The CEO said to me during the initial consultation, “We’ve had a Read More …

How Do You Know That Your Product Is Going To Sell?

By Brett Fox | February 11, 2019

How Do You Know That Your Product is Going To Sell? By Brett Fox I was talking with an entrepreneur the other day about his company. He said to me, “I’ve asked customers if the would buy my product and they said they would. That counts as validation, doesn’t it?” I laughed and said, “No Read More …

What Your Life As A Startup CEO Is All About

By Brett Fox | February 6, 2019

What Your Life As A Startup CEO Is All About Video by Brett Fox I recently read a post on Quora that angered me more than any post I’ve read (and that’s saying something). The author’s message was exactly the reverse what you need to do to succeed as a startup CEO. What made me Read More …

How Do You Keep Employee Turnover Low?

By Brett Fox | February 5, 2019

How Do You Keep Employee Turnover Low? By Brett Fox “The minute you tell your employees they’re going to minimum wage, they’re going to start looking,” my friend and mentor Dave said to me. Earlier that day in our board meeting, one of our investors suggested that we shut the company down because we were Read More …

What’s The Most Difficult Position To Hire For Your Startup?

By Brett Fox | February 4, 2019

What’s The Most Difficult Position To Hire For Your Startup? By Brett Fox I was an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) at a VC firm in San Francisco when I started my company. I told the partners at the firm that the success or failure of my efforts would hinge on my finding a great VP Read More …

Why You Need To Promote From Within

By Brett Fox | January 30, 2019

Why You Need To Promote From Within Video By Brett Fox Hiring experienced people to help run your company is a very sound way to build your startup team. However, hiring experienced people from the outside instead of hiring from within can instantly stop your momentum. I’ll give you my take on why promoting from Read More …

Are You An Optimistic Realist And Why It Matters?

By Brett Fox | January 29, 2019

Are You An Optimistic Realist And Why It Matters? By Brett Fox “I think we’re getting really close to getting funding,” I said to myself. We had just had another VC pass, but THE WAY VCs were passing seemed different to me. Maybe we were getting close to getting funded. More likely we weren’t. But Read More …

How Do You Ensure You Won’t Violate Your Competitors Patents?

By Brett Fox | January 28, 2019

How Do You Ensure You Won’t Violate Your Competitors Patents? By Brett Fox We were the poster child for a company that was crying out to be sued. My goodness, our first products were exact replicas (called “second sources” in the industry) of Maxim’s. To make matters worse, Maxim was litigious. Very, very litigious.   Read More …

What Is The Most Likely Regret You’ll Have If You Sell Your Company?

By Brett Fox | January 23, 2019

What Is The Most Likely Regret You’ll Have If You Sell Your Company? By Brett Fox Selling your company is like a dream come true. Finally, after all your years of hard work, you get to reap the rewards. However, you need to think things though before you pull the trigger on selling your company. Read More …