Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.
While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.
Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.
©2014 Ben Horowitz (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
This book contains many great lessons for CEOs of large companies. But how many people in the world run large companies? For most people, it's a book full of anecdotes, often unrelated to one another, from the managerial experience of the author. Nice read, but definitely not a classic.
I doubt it
I doubt it
Possibly, I don't think it was his fault
I don't want to be bombarded with rap quotes while listening to a business book. This was un-listenable.
Ok to read it or listen but didnt get much important info or relevant info, probably if you are a CEO or manage a multibillion $ company that you are planing to sell!
Sure. Anyone who is delusional about all the positive things about entrepreneurship should read, or better, listen to this book.
No bulls***. Facts and worries of a founder trying to grow a massive internet business.
Not really. But it read it while walking to work; it made me ponder on many aspects of my own company
Too focused on running large companies and not relevant to small business owners
- Love how real this book gets (not just about the ups of running a start--really sheds light on the downs)
- Love the tactical advice (Horowitz is very specific about his management tactics and advice, and his opinion is very wise
- Love the humor (really quick read, very funny, Horowitz has a wry sense of humor that leaves me laughing out loud at parts)
- Love that he uses the female universal pronoun "every CEO should tell HER staff..."
overall I learned lot about what to do and not to do when running a company (through all its ups and downs) from this book. I plan on reading it again soon when my startup gets bigger.
Just wasn't that interesting. I think that it would have been much more beneficial if he focused on financing for start-ups and growing ventures. Going more into depth on VCs, the process, best practices, ways we can learn as potential entrepreneurs, etc.
Recovering engineer turned entrepreneur, at least until acquired last year. Interested in...well...almost everything except romance novels.
So I admit, I was skeptical. I started with "Wait, isn't this the guy that took the company that didn't exist and sold it to HP?" Hearing the story of how that happened, and how Horowitz navigated the challenges is one that as a former entrepreneur I could completely relate to. Well done!
I finally grabbed this book because I saw it on a summer reading book for geeks and wanted to give it a whirl. I had expected it to be good but not as good as I found it.
The differentiator in this book is that Ben is able to relate both narratives and practical advice regarding situations that have no solution and are normally not talked about in written form. These hard things happen behind closed doors in every struggling start-up. He had the right opportunity and the voice to make sense of this hard stuff.
I only downloaded the audible version but now, and I rarely do this, will download the electronic version so I can use it as a bible of sorts when I want his written guidance in these hard situations.
I will recommend it to my friends and dream about what it would be like to be an entrepreneur working with A16N.
"Really interesting story..."
The hard thing about The Hard Thing About the Hard Things is that the narrator didn't do it for me. The story is really interesting and honest but it sounds like there was fair bit of editing afterwards which wasn't done seamlessly. Worth a listen if you want to feel the pain of building a large tech company.
this is a book about what they don't tell you in all the rosie business books of the world. read this and you'll be thankful one day.
The narrative behind the writer's journey is detailed and insightful - you really feel part of the story's ups and downs. The advice provided is invaluable as its delivered from someone who has been there and done it.
The audible version is perfectly narrated.
"Solid but ordinary business book"
No. It's very basic. I think the fact that Ben Horowitz is a successful businessman makes this readable. Otherwise it's not particularly revelatory.
I think so - but didn't pay too much attention to that.
It gave me some food for thought
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