The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

By Ben Horowitz

  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • I now know everything... or nothing at all

    By SamArmand
    The most important lesson from this book is that there will be extremely difficult times when young CEOs have no idea what they're doing or what to do next. This book doesn't give answers, but rather informs us that we are not alone, and gives us a framework for thinking about and dealing with these difficulties. Thanks Ben!