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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by [Ben Horowitz]
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Note to self: It's a good idea to ask, "What am I not doing?"
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An early lesson I learned in my career was that whenever a large organization attempts to do anything, it always comes down to a single person who can delay the entire project.
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Through the seemingly impossible Loudcloud series C and IPO processes, I learned one important lesson: Startup CEOs should not play the odds. When you are building a company, you must believe there is an answer and you cannot pay attention to your odds of finding it. You just have to find it. It matters not whether your chances are nine in ten or one in a thousand; your task is the same.
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“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 text refers to the hardcover edition.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00DQ845EA
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Business (March 4, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 4, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1336 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 308 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Reviewed in India on February 24, 2019
The Hard Thing about Hard Things is pure SALVATION.

Written by the well known Ben Horowitz (VC of FB, Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter), this is Ben's narration as a HARDCORE entrepreneur.

What I LOVE about the book:

- There is no black or white in the world of startup entrepreneurship. It's always a shade of grey.

- The roller coaster ride of an entrepreneur & how SIMILAR it feels to all our journeys. This book is a GREAT leveller 🙂

- Profanity is a mindset. Ben narrates how he handles it (also mentioning its purpose)

- Co-Founder relationship management!

- The constant dread of shutting down / going bankrupt and how the single pointed agenda of SURVIVING pulled Ben and his Company through until stardom.

- When to use statistics and when to use calculus 🙂

- The incredible story of Go. (second time I read this)

- The CHALLENGES of 'getting big Co execs into small Cos"!

- NEVER 'overcompensating' employees

Immortal quotes:

"There were plenty of companies in the '90s that had launch parties but not landing parties" 🙂

"Play long enough ... so that you might get lucky"

MUST READ (once a year)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace to all those engaged in struggle to fulfill their dreams
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brief rundown on how to deal with the hard things
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