The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Pdf download


Author(s): Ben HorowitzDownload  

Publish: Published March 4th 2014 by HarperBusiness

ISBN: ISBN 0062273205 (ISBN13: 9780062273208)


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.

Some Reviews: 34,576 ratings 1,952 reviews in

Jeff Mousty

Jeff Mousty rated it      
This book is a good read for anyone in management. I would recommend it even more for those at the 2nd level or higher since its written from a CEO perspective of a start-up. Don’t let the start-up aspect scare you aware from reading it if your in a large company the stories still have validity.

Ben tells it how it is and doesn’t sugar coat it. A great example was the sub-section titled: “If your going to eat Sh!t don’t nibble” or “Lies that losers tell.”

Anthony A. Nader

Anthony A. Nader rated it      
Excellent book! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to start a business or currently running one. Packed with valuable, timeless information!
Prateek Agarwal

Prateek Agarwal rated it      
Much more than a book, it’s a manual. One you’ll keep referring to, whenever you seek advice on afflictions of building a business.
Brad Rees

Brad Rees rated it     
Key take away- there is no such thing as a silver bullet. Most bullets are made out of lead. IOW, you have to operate excellently and make what you have work.

Jorge rated it      
A must-read. A perfect description of the difficult choices you will need to make when starting a company and the harsh realities you will not avoid. He gives you his advice while reminding you that no one is born CEO.


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