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

Hardcover | March 4, 2014

byBen Horowitz

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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.

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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 i...

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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, runnin...

Ben Horowitz is the cofounder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley–based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next generation of leading technology companies. The firm's investments include Airbnb, GitHub, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Previously he was cofounder and CEO of Opsware...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh... This was meh for me... not so great
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No sugar coating This felt more like a real-life memoir, complete with blemishes, than a preachy, self-help guide to happiness. As an entrepreneur I highly recommend this read, as it includes very practical advice from someone who has actually had to sit in the chair and make the decisions. Thanks Ben.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading for anyone working at a startup Absolutely riveting book, could not put it down until I finished it. Just started working at a startup a few months ago, and this book gives me a new perspective on our team, our business and especially our leadership.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely essential reading for anyone serious about their career One of the veterans of the earliest dot-com battles tells what it was like being a startup CEO in an era when you needed to build something a lot bigger than a smartphone app to have a business. What pulled me in was how frank Horowitz is about the decisions he had to make and how ill-equipped he was. He's able to relate to the inexperienced CEO he was and invites the reader to occupy that role. This is not a rah-rah business story. It's about layoffs, bankruptcy, bad IPOs, furious customers, and how he dealt with them, sometimes not successfully. High stakes. Varying outcomes. Essential reading.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read if you're a high growth startup entrepreneur or early employee If you're an early employee or at any stage of the funding cycle, this is a great read! I'm co-founder of a venture funded business and this book was actually recommended to me by one of our first large clients. It's a little frightening while at the same time being quite inspirational. It's raw and real. I now recommend it to all new employees, from young engineers to executives. Awesome! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all aspiring founders This book should be read by all wanna be entrepreneurs (whether by choice or acciddent). You will come to understand that the physical and mental trials you are experiencing see the same as everyone who walked before you.
Date published: 2014-10-27

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“There is more than enough substance in Mr. Horowitz’s impressive tome to turn it into a leadership classic.”