What Are A CEO’s Top Priorities?

By Brett Fox | March 13, 2017

What Are A CEO’s Top Priorities? By Brett Fox The first CEO job I ever interviewed for, the recruiter said to me, “As CEO you recruit, recruit, recruit, and you sell, sell, sell.” I didn’t get the job. Then, I started my own company and became CEO. And what did I do? Recruit, recruit, recruit,…

What Are The Biggest Recruiting Mistakes You Can Make At A Startup?

By Brett Fox | March 8, 2017

I’d have a lot of money if I could have a nickel for every mistake I’ve ever made. But if I could have a nickel for every recruiting mistake I’ve ever made, well, I’d have a fortune! Recruiting, of all the activities you have as CEO, is the most important. And recruiting is also the…

What Is It Like To Be The Non-Technical CEO Of A Tech Startup?

By Brett Fox | March 5, 2017

What Is It Like To Be The Non-Technical CEO Of A Tech Startup? By Brett Fox I was the non-technical founder you are talking about. I have a BSEE, but I hadn’t designed the products we were developing (Integrated Circuits) in years. I needed to find what you need to find: A great VP Engineering/CTO.…

How Much Money Do I Need To Start A Business?

By Brett Fox | March 5, 2017

How Much Money Do I Need To Start A Business? By Brett Fox I’ve seen the same mistake repeated over and over again by CEOs and business owners. The mistake blows me away each time I see it. What is that mistake? The CEO doesn’t have a plan for the business. And, if you’re going…

How Did You Get Your First Big Break As An Entrepreneur?

By Brett Fox | February 26, 2017

How Did You Get Your First Big Break As An Entrepreneur? By Brett Fox “Brett, come with me and take your stuff with you,” the VP of HR said to me. We were in the middle of the company’s weekly operations meeting. The minute the VP of HR asked me to take my stuff I…

What Qualities Make A Good Startup Engineer?

By Brett Fox | February 26, 2017

What Qualities Make A Good Startup Engineer? By Brett Fox “What do you think of Kevin?” Our VP Engineering asked me. “I like him. He’s clearly strong technically, and his experience is spot-on. I think he will fit our culture too. “The one concern I have is he’s been jumping from job to job every…

Why Is Paranoia Part Of A Successful CEO’s Mindset?

By Brett Fox | February 22, 2017

Why Is Paranoia Part Of A Successful CEO’s Mindset? By Brett Fox “You’re the most paranoid person at Maxim!” Jack Gifford, Maxim’s CEO, told me one day. Then he paused for what seemed like an eternity. Gifford looked at me and said, “And that’s good!” Gifford built Maxim from $0 to $1B/Year using a combination…

What Is The Best Way To Deal With A Popular Employee That Is Underperforming?

By Brett Fox | February 18, 2017

What Is The Best Way To Deal With A Popular Employee That Is Underperforming? By Brett Fox I had a cofounder that was very similar to the description of your employee. Everybody loved “Ken”. He was funny, got along with everyone, fit our company culture, and was a positive influence inside the company. There was…

What Are The Most Important Things To Keep In Mind When Scaling Your Startup?

By Brett Fox | February 18, 2017

“We’re in the first stage of a three stage fab expansion,” “Bob”, the CEO, proudly told me. It was December 2000, and I was being recruited to run the Communication’s Division of Bob’s company. The economic bubble was bursting already, yet here was this CEO boldly proclaiming his company was expanding. “Do you really think…

How Do You Keep Your Company On The Right Track When You’re Just Starting?

By Brett Fox | February 14, 2017

I think of all the questions you have when you’re starting out, the biggest question (and worry) you have is are you on the right track? Unless you get instant success, and instant traction and instant growth, your faith is shaken more by are you on the right track than anything else. It’s especially true…