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

Ben Horowitz
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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-10-06
5
Reviewed: 2017-03-11

In general, I found the book to be more about the author's narrow experience in the startup world. Pity the reader who assumes the perspectives shared apply to their situation just because he says so. To be sure, he does have some good stories, lessons and suggestions. In particular, I found his insights into managing people particularly worthwhile. I could have done without the gangsta rap lyrics at the beginning of each chapter, which I assume he used to let the reader know that he considers the pursuit of a startup to be like a street fight (as well as to confirm his own street cred). Overall, not a book I can really recommend. 

Reviewed: 2016-12-07

Strummin' my pain with his fingers.

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