How Should You Manage Your Employee Meetings?

By Brett Fox | August 5, 2020

You’ll likely get advice telling you, the startup CEO, that you should have 1:1 meetings with your direct reports. Well, that’s good advice, but the question is what should you cover in these meetings? In this short video, I’ll walk you through the five questions you should ask in every 1:1 employee meeting you’ll have.…

How Do You Keep Your Startup From Being Undercapitalized?

By Brett Fox | August 4, 2020

“How long is the new funding going to last you?” I asked “Sam.” Sam said, “About one year.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “That’s not long enough,” I replied. You really want your funding to last 18 months. Ideally, you’d like your funding to last two years. “Why…

How Should You Start Your Investor Pitch?

By Brett Fox | August 3, 2020

“You never know what’s going to come through the door,” Dave, a partner at the VC fund I worked at as an Entrepreneur in Residence, said to me. Then he continued by saying, “That’s one of the things I love about this work.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click…

What One Steve Jobs Decision Shouldn’t You Make?

By Brett Fox | July 29, 2020

There’s no denying Steve Jobs genius. He was maybe the most brilliant combination of product definer and marketer ever. But even Jobs made his share of mistakes. And the one I’m going to point out in this short video is one you absolutely, positively don’t want to make.   Read The Video Transcript Below:  …

Why You Need Multiple Ways To Manage Projects

By Brett Fox | July 28, 2020

“This is becoming a trend I do not like,” “Raul,” one of our investors, said to me during one of our board meetings about eight months into our company’s existence. Raul was referring to our engineering team being behind schedule. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] We were…

What Are The Six Rules For Building A Great Team?

By Brett Fox | July 27, 2020

“Tell me, who are you going to bring with you?” I asked “Tommy,” the VP Sales candidate recommended by a couple members of our board of directors. “It’s going to be hard for me to bring anyone,” Tommy said to me. “The team is well compensated, so I don’t think they’ll leave.” Do you want…

Trying To Stay CEO Is A Waste Of Your Time

By Brett Fox | July 22, 2020

If there’s one mistake I’ve seen startup CEOs make over and over again, it’s focusing on finding creative ways to stay CEO. So, the startup CEO focuses on different classes of stock, voting rights, and other crazy schemes. Trying to stay CEO is waste of your time. In fact, not only is this the wrong…

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…