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.
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The hard thing about hard things is a phenomenal book that demonstrates clearly what's like to be a first time founding CEO. Ben is arguably one of the most formidable CEOs in the world. In his book, he takes you through his roller-coaster journey from his early days working at Netscape to the formation of one of the most notable VC firms, A16Z.
This book is a great read for both amateur & veteran CEOs. There's a ton of hidden gems in this masterfully crafted book.
A must read!
LOVE this book!
The book is surely good and has very interesting parts but in overall I didn't enjoy it as much as other books from the same genre.
Nevertheless, I think you can find very useful ideas and tips for difficult situation in the both your business and life.
I find most mgmt books repetitive and "text heavy". There is definitely good information in this book. On the other hand I think grains of salt will make it more palatable.
After 25+ years in the technology sector and the last 18 in the same valley as the author, I can say my own experiences are not reflected in the pages of his book. Of course I was not, nor do I want to be a CEO; so take my two cents with the same amount of salt.
P.S. -- I've only had one boss that dropped the F-bomb with any frequency and prolific swearing was/is either done for show or reflective of bad manners. I suspect Mr. Horowitz would not be happy if his kids teachers dropped the F-Bomb when one of his children messed up at school.
The book was very nice. The narrator was very good, although it would have been better to sample the original rap songs to introduce the chapters, instead of trying to read them.
This book is not for getting advice to begin a startup, and thats fine. A startup is not the be-all end-all of tech businesses. If you do well you will grow to a "real" company and that needs a different approach. This book takes you to that next level in detail, and adds value to your thinking and perspective of the tech industry, which has been very romanticized by all the "kids in a garage startup" shows and movies.
Would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to build a startup or grow their business in the tech sector. Don't be discouraged because it doesn't help you that much right now; if you do well, you will go there and its better to know now what to do than crash later because your business grew but your vision did not.
Less profanities, more useful content for start-ups
All the rap-crap
There is something very offensive about hearing the "n" word being uttered by the white dude with a professor's enunciation, couldn't take it...
I've read a lot of great books but none of them have been as helpful as this one. Not only is it entertaining but it paints a very clear picture of the difficult parts of running a company that other books neglect. It gives you great advice about how you can resolve difficult scenarios and points out early warning signs that you're headed for trouble.
Just plain awesome. No fluff. Packed with timeless, practical business advice from one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs.
I still use it as a reference book periodically and ask myself, "What would Ben do?" It is required reading for every serious entrepreneur.
Super honest and engaging...at worst this book entertains and at best it brings our how gut wrenching it is to run a business...and some ideas for dealing with it.
Embrace it, I loved the book. It gave me reassurance that I'm not alone and tips & insights on how to handle.
Thank you Ben.
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