The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

By Ben Horowitz

  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 433 Ratings


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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    By edzxcvfsaarv
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  • Should be mandatory for all CEOs

    By Adam Honig
    Wow. Compelling, well written and filled with so much great advice that it’s almost hard to absorb. It’s a book I’ll go back to again and again.
  • Couldn't put the book down

    By simizo1
    Edgy and real....just what I needed to start the new year. A great reminder that the best business stories are the personal ones...a must have for anyone in business...a great companion indeed to remind you life is a struggle...embrace it
  • Inspiring book

    By woopra
    Every founding CEO will relate to Ben's story. I wish I read this book before starting my enterprise startup, I would have avoided plenty of hiring mistakes and employee drama.
  • Great approachable read!

    By Fvhzhb
    Very common sense read. Direct and to the point. Really well written.
  • Very insightful

    By Chuck McGuck
    Captivating from start to finish. As a young, aspiring entrepreneur, I found many direct takeaways. I'll refer to this piece throughout my journey without a doubt...I also share Ben's passion for rap (could introduce you to a few artists that portray similar messages and struggles. I'm sure you're aware, but didn't include since they are not mainstream and most may not be able to relate). 5 star collection of teachings for sure.
  • Read it!

    By CarlitosWay-NY/SF
    A brutally honest, highly insightful, generous, but also self-serving work. Ben Horowitz is a special human being. Every tech leader should read this book- but they won't. And everyone who reads it, should heed its advice- but they won't.
  • Honest and to the point

    By _yupilikeit
    I’m half way through and I find myself knodding and agreeing with most of the content within this book. I joined a fast growing company that has tripled in size within the past year and I certainly could of used many of the lessons shared in this book. Easy Read Specific advice based on various realistic business scenarios Shows the ugly side of entrepreneurship that is all too often hidden
  • Writer, Reader

    By BobbyTheEntrepreneur
    This book is great if you’re trying to start and also manage a fast growth, technology company. Even if you aren’t, it has some exellent common-sense advie about managing fast growing organizations.