The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben HorowitzA 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 Valleys 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 dont 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 Internets 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 its OK to hire people from your friends 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 Horowitzs 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.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
He says:. I had to stop being a boy. And become a man. I had to put first things first. I had to consider people I liked most before I considered myself. That for me was one of the deepest moments in the book. This part really resonated with me because I became an estranged, internal enemy of the startup I was in when it unethically fired some of my colleagues.
Summaries, high-level notes, ratings and detailed notes for books I've read across a wide range of topics, from entrepreneurship to marketing to philosophy. Available at: Amazon. To start, I'll admit that when I read this, I wasn't in a real position to leverage everything that was being talked about, which is likely why I didn't give it higher than an 8. That said, this is the kind of book you refer back to throughout your life in business, and I think it has the most relevance for a an entrepreneur who is scaling up, and building a large organization, or b someone already working in a large organization, managing a relatively large department and therefore number of people. Very actionable advice in many areas, and certainly well thought out and methodical. Definitely recommend, just keep in mind the ideal reader profiles above.
Bell curves and random walks define what the future is going to look like. The standard pedagogical argument is that high schools should get rid of calculus and replace it with statistics, which is really important and actually useful. There has been a powerful shift toward the idea that statistical ways of thinking are going to drive the future. Nonetheless, there are many bits of advice and experience that can help with the hard things. There are no shortcuts to knowledge, especially knowledge gained from personal experience.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things has been the most recommended book to me from numerous conversations with great entrepreneurs on my podcast Growth.
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Lesson 1: The CEO should be the first one to shout when a crisis occurs.
Managing a business as a founder or a CEO is a long and hard road. - A fantastic resource for someone starting a company, and especially growing one.
Read in: 4 minutes Favorite quote from the author:. When I saw that this book was one of the favorites of our own CEO at coach. The Hard Thing About Hard Things had been on top of my library for quite some time, but I was a little scared because it was quite long, to be honest. Today I decided to suck it up and see what Mr. If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.