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

March 9, 2020 - Comment

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

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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Anonymous says:

It’s alright, but there are better books, and potentially more relevant ones for you I heard this book raved about and thought I’d give it a go. It’s written by someone who achieved much in silicon valley and is interesting, but I found in the way a museum plaque is interesting – you read it, think ‘mm that’s interesting’ but then move on, because it doesn’t really change you. I just want to highlight why I’m not raving about it.1 – Almost all the advice provided here is for C-Suite, or perhaps exclusively CEO. Corporate boardroom, shareholders, directors bonuses,…

Anonymous says:

Unreadable I’ll tell you now: I did not finish this book. I was so put off by what I did read of it, I dropped it in the trash next to the bench I was sitting on in the park and went home.So perhaps it has some redeeming features, but I’m quite happy not knowing what they are.The book seems to be a self-congratulatory lap of honour in which the author demonstrates that he is the most non-racist, inclusivistic, non-judgmental person who has ever lived. He bludgeons us through the…

Anonymous says:

A brief rundown on how to deal with the hard things The hard thing about hard things deals with the trials that Ben Horowitz encountered during his career as founder CEO to VC at Andreessen Horowitz. The book gives practical advice on how to grow a company, find the right executives, and deal with the hard decisions along the way.The first half of the book mainly covers Horowitz’s back story and it takes a while for anything of real value to be mentioned. By the halfway mark though the book offers plenty of bookmark-worthy snippets…

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