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…

The CEO Pledge To Employees

By Brett Fox | February 16, 2015

The CEO Pledge To Employees By Brett Fox Thank you again, ideal employee, on everything you continue doing. We could not achieve what we want without you. I asked you last time to be loyal, be a positive force, do your best always, recruit your friends, have the company’s best interest always in mind, own…

What Every CEO Wants – And Doesn’t Want – In An Employee

By Brett Fox | January 15, 2015

What Does Every CEO Want, And Not Want, In An Employee? By Brett Fox Oh, the things I wish I could tell you, but I can’t. You see the CEO union forbids me to say certain things to you. Not to mention our Board of Directors and the SEC. I wish I could tell you…

The Dreaded Holiday Party…A Guide for Employees and Employers

By Brett Fox | December 16, 2014

The Dreaded Holiday Party. A Guide For Employees And Employers. By Brett Fox “We can’t bring our spouses to this year’s holiday party!” a very close friend told me today. “Why?” “I don’t know,” she answered. “The holiday party is at 7pm this Thursday night up in the city. I really don’t want to go.…

How You Can Destroy a Business in One Easy Step

By Brett Fox | December 4, 2014

How You Can Destroy Any Business In One Easy Step By Brett Fox I was driving one beautiful Bay Area summer morning. The temperature was a perfect 65 degrees. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, yet there was a storm on the horizon. Just then, my cellphone rang. It was Leon calling. “Are you…

How to be the Luckiest Person in the World

By Brett Fox | November 11, 2014

How To Be The Luckiest Person In The World By Brett Fox I am the luckiest person in the world. Honest. Little old me. Yet, I have had my ass kicked so many times I’ve lost count. I have had my heart broken oh so many times. I have had people steal my business ideas…

Can You Prevent Yourself From Being Screwed Over In Business?

By Brett Fox | November 5, 2014

Can You Prevent Yourself From Being Screwed Over In Business? By Brett Fox Here’s a story about one of the co-founders of my company. Dan (not his real name) came with great credentials. He was smart and he had accomplished a lot. His was a name that investors would respect. Dan was also independently wealthy.…