About Steve

I am a Silicon Valley-based CEO, strategy consultant and recovering high-tech muckety muck. I bring clarity to complexity, speak truth to BS, help to build great companies and fix them when they break. I’ve been doing that for more than 25 years.

I’m also a blogger who spills his guts here most weekdays. This is my outlet for all the lunacy in the world, my calm in the storm of life and most important, a place for you to hang out, gain some perspective on controversial things that matter and join the fray.


The Official Bio

Steve Tobak is CEO of a stealth software startup. He is also cofounder and managing partner of Invisor Consulting LLC, a Silicon Valley-based firm that advises CEOs and their leadership teams on all things strategy. Before that he was a high-tech senior executive who led global marketing and sales organizations for several public companies and successful startups.

He is also a project partner at Blue Dots Partners, LLC, a group of veteran Silicon Valley senior executives that, through rigorous analysis and broad experience creating and executing winning strategies, help clients build sustainable revenue growth.

Author of Real Leaders Don’t Follow: Being Extraordinary in the Age of the Entrepreneur (Entrepreneur Press, 2015), Tobak blogs at stevetobak.com and was a weekly columnist for Fox Business, Fortune, Entrepreneur Media, Inc. and CBS MoneyWatch. Millions of readers have enjoyed his irreverent commentary and insightful advice.

Tobak is a former vice president of Cyrix and National Semiconductor, senior veep of Tessera (now Xperi) and Rambus, and president and CEO of InLight Communications. Along the way he helped to bring low-cost computing into our everyday lives, launched a whole bunch of groundbreaking products and was involved in two IPOs and a merger.

Tobak grew up in Brooklyn, New York — before it was cool — and holds a BS in physics and an MS in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University. He started out as an engineer with Texas Instruments back in the dark ages and lives in the Bay Area’s Santa Cruz Mountains with his sainted wife Kim and a bunch of spoiled animals.