Ben Horowitz

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

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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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    Kukuh Hadriyonoshared an impression5 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot

    One of the best book of business ever. ????

    Konstantin Savenkovshared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot

    Incredible piece of experience. Must read.

    Odrine Belotshared an impression4 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽best short business read and loveeeee the musical lyrics! So different in a good way


    fredyphhas quoted5 years ago
    My father turned to me and said, “Son, do you know what’s cheap?”
    Since I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about, I replied, “No, what?”
    “Flowers. Flowers are really cheap. But do you know what’s expensive?” he asked.
    Again, I replied, “No, what?”
    He said, “Divorce.”
    Gabit Zhhas quoted5 years ago
    People always ask me, “What’s the secret to being a successful CEO?” Sadly, there is no secret, but if there is one skill that stands out, it’s the ability to focus and make the best move when there are no good moves.
    Gabit Zhhas quoted5 years ago
    If you investigate companies that have failed, you will find that many employees knew about the fatal issues long before those issues killed the company. If the employees knew about the deadly problems, why didn’t they say something? Too often the answer is that the company culture discouraged the spread of bad news, so the knowledge lay dormant until it was too late to act.
    A healthy company culture encourages people to share bad news. A company that discusses its problems freely and openly can quickly solve them. A company that covers up its problems frustrates everyone involved. The resulting action item for CEOs: Build a culture that rewards—not punishes—people for getting problems into the open where they can be solved.

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