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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

2014 . Business & Economics, Management, Leadership, Decision-making & Problem Solving . Ben Horowitz

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10 total

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69K total

About the book

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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.

Year:

2014

Language:

English

Publisher:

HarperCollins

Pages:

304

ISBN:

0062273205 (ISBN13: 9780062273208)

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Reviews

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

5 months ago

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Really interesting book with a lot of great tips for entrepreneurs! I especially enjoyed his perspectives around being a CEO and how the hardest thing to deal with is your own psychology and staying mentally sane! Being a founder I can absolutely relate to that 🙏 It helped me understand that I’m not the only person struggling with that! The only downside: I would have liked it to be less text-book and more storytelling! It didn’t draw me in like some other founder stories have! Overall a great read

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

5 months ago

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@AnnieSpencer @MarkusMarañonStraarup no silver bullets - only lead bullets! This is an idea I can definitely relate to

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Annie Spencer image

6 months ago

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This was such an informative/terrifying/eyes-wide-open book to read as someone embarking on a start-up journey. Ben has obviously scaled some insane companies and learned a ton of lessons on the way. It brings a really unique insight into the world of a CEO at small, scaling and large companies with the challenges you often don’t hear about. Some concepts that resonated a lot: + Good product manager/bad product manager: a chapter detailing the difference that I’d recommend anyone in this job reading online (@SumedhaAnupindi!) + The concept of a peacetime CEO and wartime CEO, and the difference in their behaviours and environment + 2 emotions behind every start-up: terror and euphoria, and lack of sleep only exacerbates both + The fact that ever start-up has at least 2 x ‘we’re fucked it’s over’ or WFIO moments on its journey I did leave feeling Ben has experienced a particularly tough type of world and whether it is possible to scale companies in a more gentle way. @MortenVSchroeder @MarkusMarañonStraarup 💯 recommend

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Esben Poulsen

1 year ago

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Highly recommended if you are a business leader or working in a startup.

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Cristin Pacifico

2 years ago

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Anecdotal and sharp, my newest favorite business read

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