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*Starred Review* It’s fairly evident that this is a collection of blogs, loosely strung together, united in their varied perspectives on start-ups, CEO-dom, and business in general. Though Horowitz is a cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and his credentials reside mainly in Silicon Valley, he’s imparted some valuable insight on hard lessons learned that apply to any manager, whether in the executive suite or not. As with most experiential books, it is all about him—but it’s written in such an engaging and universally acceptable manner that no one could object. Leave aside his background, for the moment. Who would realize, for instance, that executives worry about things like initiating layoffs, hiring the right people, training, and minimizing politics, among others? It’s a refreshingly honest take, and his colorful (and, yes, profanity-laced) language breaks down any other misperceptions about the role and the person. Plus, his imagination is compelling, such as the comparisons between peacetime and wartime CEOs: Peacetime CEO always has a contingency plan. Wartime CEO knows that sometimes you gotta roll a hard six. After all, the success equation is easy: the hard thing is getting it done. --Barbara Jacobs
“More than any other business book released this year, “Hard Things” gives an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to lead and scale a startup.” (--Business Insider's Best Business Books of 2014)
“This is easily one of the essential books every business leader should read if they’re looking for proven and honest management advice.” (--Entrepreneur's 25 Amazing Business Books from 2014)
“The most valuable book on startup management hands down” (PandoDaily)
“There is more than enough substance in Mr. Horowitz’s impressive tome to turn it into a leadership classic.” (The Economist)
This is a great book for anyone looking to start a company. Not to be missed.Published 5 days ago by Tom Hunter
Very practical and to the point advices, how to do and not to resolve business problems from the point of view of experienced been there done that person...Published 8 days ago by Dobroslav Dimitrov
I'm utterly shocked this book has so many 4-5 star reviews. I really wanted to like it and add it to my growing collection of classic startup books, but it fell flat. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jack
Interesting and easy read. Ben reiterated a lot of lessons he learned from running Opsware, which became a little tedious to read about. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mang-Git
Only halfway through and it's already got more insights than I could have asked for in a book! Thank you Ben! The lessons as a founder, CEO, manager are spot on! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Wolfie
Beautifully written. Tremendously interesting and educational. Could not/did not put it down once started til book was finished! Recommend strongly!!!!Published 14 days ago by LBlanken