The Hard Thing About Hard Things

by Ben Horowitz

Category: Business & Economics

Book Reviews

  • 4/ Hard Thing About Hard Things- the best book I’ve read that talks about the grueling aspect of life as a founder. There is no book that made me feel less lonely as CEO than this one. @bhorowitz to Tweet
  • 5) The Hard Thing About Hard Things Since everything is new in web3, @bhorowitz book on startups and founder life has tons of good lessons about building a successful product, culture, and company.Link to Tweet
  • On giving feedback: • be authentic & abandon the shit sandwich approach • be focused on their success • don't make it personal, talk about behavior & impact • don't embarrass in public • be direct but not mean • feedback is a dialogue not a monologue to Tweet
  • @bhorowitz has written about this dynamic. Technology as a pro-social channel for revolutionary energies. to Tweet
  • Some more thoughts/resources👇🏾 I first started thinking about this topic after listening to The Hard Thing About Hard Things. In it, @bhorowitz talks about how it's hard to manage executives because they are super-savvy. Generic mgmt advice doesn't work. to Tweet
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  • @muneeb @bhorowitz @jerrycolonna @mattmochary + “Hard Things” book is def one. + Peer/CEO groups + dinners + Working w CEO coach (having someone I could talk honestly about about fears and insecurities about the job)Link to Tweet
  • I read @bhorowitz 's Hard Thing right before joining the team and it is still one of the most real, no BS take on a founder's journey I've ever read. Pre-ordering this right away! The@a16z lobby bookshelf will soon have space enough just for books by a16z folks! to Tweet
  • Reading The Hard Thing about Hard Things and it’s a large dose of humility and empathy for making hard decisions. I find it remarkable how @bhorowitz and @pmarca have got along well for so long especially after many conflicts. That’s the sign of a truly great partnership.Link to Tweet
  • @AbiTyasTunggal 🙏 @reidhoffman Blitzscaling coming out soon: @bhorowitz Hard Things About Hard Things is a classic: Andy Grove's High Output Management is great: to Tweet
  • trust me: if you're a leader in tech, the best thing you can do in 2014 for your company is to read @bhorowitz book: to Tweet

About Book

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, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. His advice is grounded in anecdotes from his own hard-earned rise—from cofounding the early cloud service provider Loudcloud to building the phenomenally successful Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm, both with fellow tech superstar Marc Andreessen (inventor of Mosaic, the Internet's first popular Web browser). This is no polished victory lap; he analyzes issues with no easy answers through his trials, including demoting (or firing) a loyal friend; whether you should incorporate titles and promotions, and how to handle them; if it's OK to hire people from your friend's company; how to manage your own psychology, while the whole company is relying on you; what to do when smart people are bad employees; why Andreessen Horowitz prefers founder CEOs, and how to become one; whether you should sell your company, and how to do it. Filled with Horowitz's trademark humor and straight talk, and drawing from his personal and often humbling experiences, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures.

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