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The Hard Thing About Hard Things Audiobook
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Written by: 
Ben Horowitz
Narrated by: 
Kevin Kenerly
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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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    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

    Bridget

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G 02-11-15
    G 02-11-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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?

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J 07-23-16
    J 07-23-16 Member Since 2003

    Recovering engineer turned entrepreneur, at least until acquired last year. Interested in...well...almost everything except romance novels.

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    "Excellent Framework for talking about business"

    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!

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    Daniel Housman 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best business books I have read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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