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Brett Fox

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Previously CEO, Touchstone Semiconductor. Previously Entrepreneur in Residence, Crosslink Capital. University of California, San Diego grad.

Previously CEO, Touchstone Semiconductor. Previously Entrepreneur in Residence, Crosslink Capital. University of California, San Diego grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Classroom Teacher
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Touchstone Semiconductor

Positions

CEO Touchstone Semiconductor January 2008 - March 2014
Entrepreneur in Residence Crosslink Capital March 2006 - December 2007
GM/Director, HBW Business Unit Micrel March 2001 - July 2005
Vice President, Marketing & Sales Lightspeed Semiconductor March 2000 - December 2000
Executive Director, Fiber Optic Business Unit Maxim Integrated May 1994 - March 2000
Director, Interface Business Unit Maxim Integrated August 1991 - May 1994
Manager, Data Converter, Op Amp, & Voltage References Maxim Integrated August 1990 - August 1993
Associate Business Manager Maxim Integrated August 1989 - August 1990
Engineering Manager silentradio December 1984 - August 1989

Education

University of California, San Diego Communications, Integrated Circuits 1980 - 1984
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business Marketing & Finance 1987 - 1989

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Sports
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Competition • Product management • Product Marketing • Semiconductors • Startups

Key Accomplishments

I know how to build companies from the ground up, and I know how to raise money.

I have raised over $100M in venture capital and private equity funding.

I have a proven track record of building and leading successful teams, developing breakthrough ideas, creating innovative products, and successfully marketing new and existing product lines.

I founded and led Touchstone Semiconductor as the CEO. I successfully raised funding during the Great Recession, built the organization, and focused the company on the growing low power Internet of Things market. Touchstone introduced more new products than any IC startup over the past 20 years. The performance improvements were breathtaking: a 10X improvement in power versus performance. Touchstone was sold to Silicon Labs in 2014.

Previously, I successfully turned around Micrel’s High Bandwidth Division. In just three years, the business progressed from the only money-losing division of Micrel to the most profitable division. Focusing on the business basics of people, process, and products, I implemented a three-phase plan resulting in a 5X revenue increase, and an improvement in gross margins from 40% to greater than 60%.

Prior to Micrel, I helped Maxim Integrated Products grow from $40M to over $1B in revenue during the 1990’s. I ran and set the strategic direction for many of Maxim’s business units. I founded and built Maxim’s Fiber Optic Business Unit from $0 to over $100M in revenue during my five year tenure.

I started my career as a design engineer, and I hold three patents.

I have a BSEE from the University of California at San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Southern California

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Steve Hoffman
They're my friends  •  On-Air Personality, KSWD - 100.3 The Sound and Attorney, Steve Hoffman Law. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Brett is exceptionally intelligent, exceptionally committed to achieving anything he sets out to do, and he's phenomenal at finding creative ... and unique solutions to challenges.
Surawat Promyotin
We worked together  •  CEO & Co-Founder, STYLHUNT Pte Ltd.. Previously National Field Sales Manager, Lyreco.
Brett was my very first manager and mentor in my career transition from engineering to business management. He instilled the skills, though ... t processes, and values that became the foundation for my professional development -- particularly in the areas of Product Planning and Strategic Marketing.
Alain Harrus
We worked together at Crosslink Capital  •  CEO, Kateeva and Venture Advisor, Crosslink Capital.
Brett identified a new business model in the Analog Semiconductor Space - an industry that is more than 40 years old. it took vision and eno ... rmous tenacity and persuasion to get the company funded. Multiple times. Brett is extremely resourceful and driven.
David Epstein
We worked together  •  Adjunct Faculty, Hult International Business School and Advisor, Epstein Advisors. University of Wisconsin-Madison grad.
Brett has what it takes. Persistence, smarts, drive. Thoughtful and analytical. Hires well.
Cathal Phelan
They're my friends  •  Founder, Atticotti. Previously Board Director, Touchstone Semiconductor.
He's smart, a good listener and above all else, he will never give up. And the question isn't why would he be, it's why is he one!

Alain Harrus
They're my advisor: Crosslink Capital  •  CEO, Kateeva and Venture Advisor, Crosslink Capital.
Alain has a unique blend of technical knowledge and business savvy. Alain is one of my go-to people when I need help or guidance.