How Parenting Makes You a Better Manager

By Brett Fox | June 9, 2015

Can Parenting Make You A Better Manager? By Brett Fox Blossom was taking Avery home from school on a Monday when Avery surprised her. “Mommy, the form to participate in the talent show is due Friday.” Blossom said, “Okay.” Blossom took Avery home Tuesday, and Avery spoke up again. “Mommy, have you filled out the…

The Ten Advantages Of Working With Mentors

By Brett Fox | June 2, 2015

What Are The Ten Advantages Of Working With Mentors? By Brett Fox “Sit up here with the white people!” The CEO then banged his palm on the chair next to his. “Huh,” I said to myself. I had a quizzical look on my face. “Sit up here with the white people!” The CEO banged his…

How to Make a 5X Improvement in Your Productivity

By Brett Fox | May 27, 2015

I was leaving the Decathlon Club early one Saturday morning. I had just finished working out, and I was walking to my car. Just then, a beautiful woman drove into the parking lot. She had a wonderful smile on her face. All, I could think was, “Park your car next to mine.” She did. I…

20 Hidden Benefits From Losing Your Job or Selling Your Company

By Brett Fox | May 19, 2015

What Are The 20 Hidden Benefits From Losing Your Job? By Brett Fox It was Sunday night at 11PM, and I heard the phone ring. The second I heard the phone ring I knew my Dad was dead. My Mom told me the paramedics were at the house, but Dad was gone. “I need you…

20 Pearls of Wisdom From Warren Buffett’s Last Annual Letter

By Brett Fox | April 29, 2015

20 Pearls Of Wisdom From Warren Buffett’s Last Annual Letter By Brett Fox Berkshire Hathaway board member Bill Gates calls Warren Buffett’s 2014 annual letter his best ever. Now that’s saying something since Buffett has produced 50 of them, and Gates is not easy to impress. Truth be told, I love Warren Buffett. I think…

Learn How to Make Your Reference Checks Awesome

By Brett Fox | April 15, 2015

Learn How To Make Your Reference Checks Awesome By Brett Fox “Can you believe it?” my wife asked me last night. “I have to fill out an essay because my friend asked me to be a reference.” “Is she applying for college?” I asked. “No, for a job!” My wife was not very happy about…

The Air is Rare. What The Stock Markets of 1929, 2000, and Today Have in Common

By Brett Fox | April 6, 2015

How rare is our air?

What if I told you there have been only two periods since 1871 when stocks have been valued this high: 1929 and 2000? We know how those stories ended…

How do you Deal with a Toxic Co-Worker?…A CEO’s Perspective

By Brett Fox | March 20, 2015

How Do You Deal With A Toxic Co-Worker?…A CEO’s Perspective. By Brett Fox It was the summer of 2009, and we were closing in on our Series A funding. I wanted to update my fellow co-founders on our progress, so I scheduled a meeting at the local Starbucks. A little bit off topic, but Starbucks…

What Everyone Needs to Know About Effective Communication – A CEO’s Perspective

By Brett Fox | March 11, 2015

What Does Everyone Needs To Know About Effective Communication?… A CEO’s Perspective By Brett Fox I’ve been answering a lot of questions on Quora these days. You get some good questions, and you get some not so good questions. One of the not so good questions was, “Why do so Many Silicon Valley VCs Demand…

What You Need To Know About Reference Checks

By Brett Fox | March 5, 2015

I curled up on my bed in a fetal ball, sobbing. I kept repeating to myself: “What have I done?” “What have I done?” “What have I done?” Why was I crying? It was October 2009. We had been raising money since January 2008. We had been turned down 63 times, and this last turndown…