How Do You Fix Your Bad Workplace Culture?

By Brett Fox | January 22, 2019

How Do You Fix Your Bad Workplace Culture? By Brett Fox You know the saying, “It starts at the top.” Well, guess who’s at the top? You, the CEO, are at the top. Yes, you certainly have hired some people that are gossiping. And, it is likely that some of those people will have to Read More …

What’s The Most Likely Mistake You’ll Make As A Founder?

By Brett Fox | January 21, 2019

What’s The Most Likely Mistake You’ll Make As A Cofounder? By Brett Fox I’ve worked with a lot of startups over the past few years, and, by a wide margin, the most common mistake founders make is not having a vesting schedule for their equity. It’s not a mistake to have everyone 100% vested if Read More …

How Do You Raise Money When You’re (Almost) Out Of Money?

By Brett Fox | January 16, 2019

How Do You Raise Money When You’re Out Of Money? By Brett Fox You know the saying about how water seems to go down the drain quicker when there’s almost none left? Well that’s how it feels with time when you’re almost out of money. Everything feels like it’s accelerating. So what do you if Read More …

Why You Shouldn’t Offshore Your Development

By Brett Fox | January 15, 2019

Why You Shouldn’t Offshore Your Development By Brett Fox I was presenting an update of our progress to one of our investors. The partners seemed happy with the progress we were making. One of the partners said to me, “Why don’t you build a team in India? It will be cheaper than continuing to hire Read More …

What Is The Biggest Management Mistake You’ve Ever Made?

By Brett Fox | January 14, 2019

What Is The Biggest Management Mistake You’ve Ever Made? By Brett Fox I blew it. The voice in the back of my head was arguing with itself. On the one hand it was saying, “Don’t hire ‘Tom’. There’s something wrong with him.” On the other hand, the voice was saying, “Brett, you need help in Read More …

What Are Three Ways You Know Your Company Is In Trouble?

By Brett Fox | January 9, 2019

What Are Three Ways You Know Your Company Is Failing? By Brett Fox When you look at a lot of businesses like I do, you can easily spot the good businesses from the bad businesses. There are three consistent things I see in every failing business I come upon. I’ll explain what they are, and Read More …

What Are The 17 Biggest Surprises When You Founded Your Company?

By Brett Fox | January 8, 2019

What Are The 17 Biggest Surprises When You Founded Your Company? By Brett Fox I remember talking with Jeroen, my fellow cofounder and VP of Engineering. Jeroen smiled at me and said, “I’m in line at the market and I just want everyone to start moving faster! “That used to never happen to me.” Then Read More …

What Are Three Ways You Can Lose Your Customers?

By Brett Fox | January 7, 2019

What Are Three Ways You Can Lose Your Customers? By Brett Fox “I’d like a tall decaf and a jade citrus mint tea,” I said. The coffee is for me, and the tea is for Blossom. “I’m sorry, but we’re out of filters. Will an americano be okay instead?” “Yes, it will,” I answered. I Read More …

Why You Need To Work Fast AND Precisely As A Startup CEO

By Brett Fox | January 1, 2019

Why You Need To Move Fast AND Precisely As A Startup CEO By Brett Fox “What’s wrong?” I asked Jeroen, my cofounder and VP Engineering. “I don’t know,” he said. He looked confused at the results we were looking at. We had just gotten the wafers back for our first product and the results were Read More …

What Are The 19 Wishes Every Founder Needs Granted?

By Brett Fox | December 30, 2018

What Are The 19 Wishes Every Founder Needs Granted? By Brett Fox Dear Genie in a bottle, I’m going to start a new company.  Yes Genie.  I know I’m crazy.  And I know I only get nineteen wishes. Genie, I’m really going to need you at your best. So with these nineteen wishes, please grant Read More …