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

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

Written by Ben Horowitz

Narrated by Kevin Kenerly


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

Written by Ben Horowitz

Narrated by Kevin Kenerly

ratings:
4.5/5 (638 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 4, 2014
ISBN:
9780062347992
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Bold & inspiring…

In case the title wasn’t enough of a giveaway, Horowitz tackles the tough issues. His leadership advice is bold and inspiring, but laced with humor and empathy — just like the best bosses.

Description

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.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 4, 2014
ISBN:
9780062347992
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

BookSnapshot

About the author

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, formerly Loudcloud, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007. Horowitz writes about his experiences and insights from his career as a computer science student, software engineer, cofounder, CEO, and investor in a blog that is read by nearly ten million people. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Fortune, the Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others. Horowitz lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Felicia.


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  • (2/5)
    I thought there would be more stories, and less bland management advice. Since I'm not a tech startup CEO, I'm not really in the target audience. Still, the introduction and the last third of the book were interesting.
  • (5/5)
    The book goes into great detail about the trials and tribulations of being a CEO and founder of tech companies.
  • (4/5)
    Fun and thought provoking. Especially if you are starting your company and your head is spinning.
  • (1/5)
    quién diría, que las cosas difíciles son difíciles y las fáciles son fáciles Qué desperdicio de mi tiempo
  • (4/5)
    I extracted quite a few useful thoughts. Sometimes a bit boring
  • (5/5)
    Simply amazing... I loved the way he acknowledged others that worked with him.
  • (5/5)
    This advice and wisdom isn’t just fir business but life.
  • (5/5)
    Ahead of where I am but necessary for where I'm going. I'm confident this will be a 6 time read over years.
  • (5/5)
    Candid stories with a great sense of humor. The author took a no B.S. approach to talking about the challenges of entrepreneurship.
  • (5/5)
    Nuggets of gold all along....unputdownable source of great experience for managers of all backgrounds
  • (3/5)
    Well if I listen it again I would give five stars.
  • (5/5)
    A great book, packed full of wisdom, insight, and thought-provoking ideas that don’t offer the standard ‘7 steps’ or ‘5 magic secrets’ but rather, a vision for what mature and consistent leadership can look like in a modern technological landscape that’s constantly evolving.
  • (5/5)
    Great book with great insight to solving problems as a CEO
  • (4/5)
    I am not building a tech startup but the lessons are so valuable that they help me move with boldness and courage - especially when the way seems foggy. Thank you Ben for not concealing this within yourself.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it, straight forward and sincere. I recommend it for everyone in the corporate or startup world.
  • (5/5)
    Wow. This book is amazing. Not a game changer, but so much effort and insights into being an entrepreneur and running a company.
  • (5/5)
    Ben wrote the book on running an organization that I wish I had read 10 years ago.
  • (5/5)
    I laugh like I never laugh before at literature from a book and I have read a lot of books. Now I must buy this book. I could barely type my review because I am laughing uncontrollably at the prospect if that character knock out the author of this book if he followed Roger's instructions.
  • (5/5)
    A fantastic first person account from an entrepreneur. Some stories and experiences portray the difficulty and moral issues faced by founders. Love the openness in thought and clear admittance of faults by the author. Don't agree with all the advice, but what's a book if don't agree at some instances, yet like it?
  • (5/5)
    This is one of those books that you keep with you through your journey as a startup founder.
    Definitely a must Read/Listen. And when you are done, read/listen again !!
    Filled in my copy with bookmarks.
  • (5/5)
    Me quedo con la frase "the only way to learn how to be a CEO, is by being a CEO" de Ben Horowitz
  • (5/5)
    Relevant to any industry. Great insight from a CEO’s perspective and reality of building a business.
  • (5/5)

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    One of the best business book I have listened to.

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  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Recommended to anyone who’s a business owner or planning to be

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  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Full of advice not frequently found in management books, written by someone who has “been there.” Not certain how much of this will ultimately be applicable to my experience, but it was a good read. I especially feel the usefulness for me is in being given the opportunity to know the nature of some “hard things” before they will actually come up in my life, so I can at least mentally prepare for the eventuality they may occur.

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  • (5/5)
    Unique advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and full fledged CEOs
  • (4/5)
    very hard thing to do is hard things in life
  • (5/5)
    Bdj shd d d de e e e e e
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    pretty good memoir with management advice here and there. audiobook production was great

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  • (5/5)
    An excellent collection of CEO challenges and advice on how to deal with them. Highly recommended!