The Six Mistakes You’re Making To Not Get Customers

By Brett Fox | July 21, 2020

“How do you know your product is going to sell?” I asked “Joe,” the entrepreneur I was speaking with. “I just know it’s going to sell,” was Joe’s response. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “Have you spoken with any customers yet?” “No, I don’t need to,” Joe…

What Are The Secrets To Building A 10X Engineering Team?

By Brett Fox | July 20, 2020

The first presentation I did about my company for the venture capital fund where I was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) was titled, “Where are the engineers?.” The point I was trying to drive home to the partnership was simple: The success or failure of my company would rest on our ability to recruit elite…

What Is An Acceptable Sale Price For Your Investors?

By Brett Fox | July 1, 2020

One of the things many entrepreneurs fail to realize is that selling your company gets much more complicated when you take outside funding from professional investors. Now, it’s not just about what you want, it’s about what your investors want too. I’ll explain what you need to look out for in this short video.  I…

Why Money Isn’t The Key To Your Startup’s Success

By Brett Fox | June 30, 2020

“The whole problem with chip investments is no one wants to fund them,” Mike, a VC I knew, said to me. “But we’ve solved that with our investment in Smooth-Stone.” “How?” I asked. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “Easy. We have the whole syndicate lined up for…

What Is The Most Common Trait Of Successful Startups?

By Brett Fox | June 29, 2020

“I’m worried about keeping the culture,” “Omar,” a CEO that I’m working with, said to me yesterday. Omar’s company is at that classic transition point between being a 7 figure company and an 8 figure company. I smiled back at Omar over our Zoom link. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can…

How Do You Get Funding Before You Have Paying Customers?

By Brett Fox | June 24, 2020

What comes first, your funding or paying customers? Well, it depends on the type of funding you’re trying to get. I’ll explain, in this short video, what’s your best bet for raising your early funding. I hope you like it. Read The Video Transcript Below:   Is it possible to raise funding when all you…

What Traits Do You Want Your Angel Investors To Have?

By Brett Fox | June 23, 2020

“I think I can get Dobkin to invest in us,” “Randy,” one of my co-founders, said to at lunch. Randy had just officially joined our company, and we were talking about fundraising. “Bob Dobkin?” I said to Randy, trying to hide my excitement. Dobkin was the co-founder and CTO of Linear Technology, one of the…

What Do You Need Besides Talent To Start A Company?

By Brett Fox | June 22, 2020

One of the most technically talented people I ever worked with was “Doogie.” Doogie was, and probably still is, a brilliant engineer. He was creative, and he was always coming up with novel ideas for how things should get done. And energy? My goodness, Doogie had energy to burn. He was a whirling dervish of…

How Does Adding Investors Change Your Exit?

By Brett Fox | June 17, 2020

  Everything changes when angel investors or venture capitalists invest in your company. And, one of the most important changes is what price can you sell your company for. In this short video, I’ll explain how investors think about your exit, and why you can’t just sell your company for any price you want. I…

How Can You Get Investors Without Having A Network

By Brett Fox | June 16, 2020

“My network really isn’t that strong,” “Peter,” said to me Tuesday. “Can you help me meet investors?” I probably get a version of this question just about every week. And, my answer is always the same, “No, helping with investor introductions is not something I usually do.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe…