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The Hard Thing About Hard Things Audiobook

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Hal 09-10-16
    Hal 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hard truths no fluff, a gut check for founding CEO"

    If you need to know how paranoid you needed to be before considering being the CEO of a startup, then this is a must read. Not too long, great insight into the dread, critical, life altering decisions that you must make as a forms prime leader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Itamar 05-17-15
    Itamar 05-17-15
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    "The hype is overrated"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BridgetMae Dayton OH 04-04-15
    BridgetMae Dayton OH 04-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Just horrible"
    Would you try another book from Ben Horowitz and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    I doubt it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Horowitz again?

    I doubt it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Kenerly’s performances?

    Possibly, I don't think it was his fault


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to be bombarded with rap quotes while listening to a business book. This was un-listenable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CARLOS PALMDALE, CA, United States 02-12-15
    CARLOS PALMDALE, CA, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just another book that have some info on CEOs"

    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!

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    G 02-11-15
    G 02-11-15
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    "High level advice for CEOs"

    Not great for startups meant for big company CEOs. Some good actionable ideas and insights. Interesting history of Netscape and loudcloud.

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    Mark Evanston, IL, USA 04-22-14
    Mark Evanston, IL, USA 04-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not relevant to small businesses"
    What would have made The Hard Thing About Hard Things better?

    Too focused on running large companies and not relevant to small business owners


    What was most disappointing about Ben Horowitz’s story?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Hard Thing About Hard Things?


    Any additional comments?

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    wwen726 12-24-15
    wwen726 12-24-15
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    "Amazing, Insightful Tactical Advice"

    - 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.

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    Todd 04-29-14
    Todd 04-29-14
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    "Falls Short"
    What would have made The Hard Thing About Hard Things better?

    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.


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    Sebastian Perez Saaibi 07-18-14
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    "Entrepreneurship is Hard, period."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. Anyone who is delusional about all the positive things about entrepreneurship should read, or better, listen to this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No bulls***. Facts and worries of a founder trying to grow a massive internet business.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. But it read it while walking to work; it made me ponder on many aspects of my own company


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    T 09-28-16
    T 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best book!!"

    One of the best book!!
    Must read for any entrepreneur!
    Just want to meet Ben and shake his hands.

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  • D.Sun
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    "Fantastic book to read for aspiring operators or investors"

    I work in investing and don't really come from an operating background. This book was absolutely packed with insights and practical advice about hiring, firing, managing, and motivating people. I have way too many bookmarks on pages with simple but clear insights on the day to day realities of running a company. Definitely the best management book I've read bar none (although I'm going to start on Andy Grove's after the number of props Ben gives Andy in this book.). I know for a fact that I will be coming back to this book time and time again in the future

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  • C. Saba
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    5/7/15
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    "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.

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  • C4NH4M
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    4/28/15
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    "outstanding"

    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.

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  • Mr Niall McGinnity
    4/16/15
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    "Insightful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D. James
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    3/3/15
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    "Solid but ordinary business book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ben Horowitz before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did Kevin Kenerly do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    I think so - but didn't pay too much attention to that.


    Did The Hard Thing About Hard Things inspire you to do anything?

    It gave me some food for thought


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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