Leadership Put to the Test: The Hardest Speech I Ever Gave

By Brett Fox | June 4, 2014

My company was in a tough position. We were raising money, and that’s never an easy proposition, but it’s really difficult for a semiconductor company. We had a term sheet, but one of our existing investors wanted an additional new investor to join the syndicate. We had four new potential investors that were closing in. Read More …

The Four Keys to Hiring Exceptional People

By Brett Fox | May 28, 2014

I’m constantly interviewing people. You should be too, whether you are a CEO or a manager. Arguably, it is the most important responsibility you have because hiring exceptional people is how you build an exceptional company. I’m human, so I make mistakes. (Lots of ’em, in fact.) When it comes to hiring, every mistake I’ve Read More …

How to Steal Netflix’s Company Culture in Six Easy Steps

By Brett Fox | May 21, 2014

“Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal” Pablo Picasso We unabashedly stole our company culture at Touchstone from Netflix with a little bit of Zappos and Sandy Koufax thrown in. There. I’ve said it. We were thieves and robbers, but I’d like to think we were just being smart. I’ve always felt you can take inspiration Read More …

Should Money Losing Companies be Allowed to IPO?

By Brett Fox | May 14, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I have always been fascinated by the stock market. I lived through, and survived, the 2000 tech bubble. Now I feel like I’m watching a sequel to that movie, albeit a smaller one. That’s when a crazy thought hit me: “Should money-losing companies be allowed to IPO?” Okay, I’ll Read More …

My Industry is Consolidating, Now What?

By Brett Fox | May 8, 2014

We’ve seen it happen time and again: an industry, once growing like one of Jack’s magical beanstalks, has slowed or stopped growing. But wait! There’s more!!! There are no new companies entering the industry, and the incumbents are merging to improve efficiency. Okay, so now what do you do? It’s a tough question that’s affecting Read More …

It’s the End of the Semiconductor World as We Know it, and I Feel Fine

By Brett Fox | May 1, 2014

It’s The End Of The Semiconductor World As We Know It And I Feel Fine By Brett Fox Surely you remember the semiconductor world? You’ve known if for a long time, right? Well, it’s over. Or, at least, the semiconductor world is over as you and I have known it for all these decades, and Read More …

What I Learned From My Ten Favorite Books

By kh0ffman6 | April 23, 2014

What I Learned From My Ten Favorite Books By Brett Fox Like you, I’ve read a lot of books – business and otherwise – over the past 20 years. Some of them are good; most of them…not so much. These are the books that have had a lasting influence on me, and helped with my Read More …