Why You Shouldn’t Follow The Lean Startup Methodology?

By Brett Fox | December 17, 2019

I was at work when I heard that Steve Jobs died. Vivi, our layout manager, told me her husband (who worked at Apple) called to let her know. I felt sad. I’d only met Steve once, and the encounter was brief. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] Blossom,…

How To Turn Your Pitch Deck Into Your Business Plan

By Brett Fox | December 16, 2019

I remember the first business plan I wrote like it was yesterday. I had just joined Maxim Integrated Products, and my boss, the late Ziya Boyacigiller, asked me to develop a plan for Maxim’s Voltage Reference business. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help.  Click here.] So I set about developing…

How Do You Pitch to Customers In One Slide?

By Brett Fox | December 11, 2019

Someone recently asked me a really good question, “What’s the difference between pitching investors and pitching customers?” He had just read my really popular post titled, “How To Successfully Pitch Your Business In One Slide?” In this short video, I’ll explain exactly how you should pitch customers compared to pitching investors. Read The Video Transcript…

7 Survival Tips For Startup CEOs

By Brett Fox | December 10, 2019

“Hey Brett. Congrats on getting your company funded. I’ve heard the horror stories, and I was just wondering how many hours you’re working?” Kent asked me in an email. The horror stories of founders working 100 hours week on end are commonplace. The reality, or at least my reality, was different. [Do you want to…

How To Successfully Pitch Your Business In One Slide

By Brett Fox | December 9, 2019

Imagine this scenario. You’re in a meeting with a major potential customer. And this one customer can make or break your business. You have to win this deal or your business is going to fail. Or imagine this scenario. You’re raising money. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.]…

How Much Equity Should You Give Your First Engineers?

By Brett Fox | December 4, 2019

If you want to build a great engineering team, then you have to get your equity grants right. And, you’ll blow it if you don’t this right. The good news is there are some rules you can follow to help you make good decisions about splitting your equity. I’ll explain how in this short video.…

How Do You Become The 1% That Gets Funded?

By Brett Fox | December 3, 2019

“How many crappy startups are there?” I asked Dave and Alain, two partners at the VC fund where I was an EIR. We had just sat through another pitch from a hopelessly lost CEO. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “Too many,” Dave said and we all laughed.…

Here’s Why Your Great Startup Idea Is Worthless

By Brett Fox | December 2, 2019

“So, what do you think?” the investor asked me. “I’m really impressed with the technology,” I said. “I think I might invest.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] The investor smiled and we shook hands. Then I left. I went home, and I thought about the company some…

How Hiring Inexperienced People Can Help Your Team

By Brett Fox | November 27, 2019

There’s an old adage that, “You should never hire someone without experience” for your startup. The problem with this adage, like many adages, is its wrong! I’ll explain how hiring inexperienced people for your team can be a force multiplier in this short video.   Read The Transcript Below:   Okay, so why should you…

Why You Always Should Focus On Cutting Costs

By Brett Fox | November 26, 2019

…Regardless Of How Profitable Your Company Is There it was in my in basket. A memo from Jack Gifford, the CEO of Maxim Integrated Products, with the title, “Use of office supplies.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] The memo went something like this: “To: All Maxim Employees…