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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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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)
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Why should anyone read this book? If you read books on business you never hear how it didn't go well. This book is all about how the author and his peers seemed to always be making hard decisions and were constantly doomed to fail... But didn't. In comparison to other books, the quote from Mohammed Ali fits most books on business, "everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face." This book is about taking ever sucker punch a business can throw at a CEO and how this one survived. This book is a quick read and one anyone can enjoy.
Another reason to get this book, it helps an employee understand their manger. This book also talks about some things that no one else will say, such as a business changes then so does everyone's job... And they might not be ready for that position. As the tech industry grows forcing change, this book reinforces that a job may change over time and it is not easy.
I'm halfway through the book, but the knowledge shared here is timeless, and can be applied to organizations regardless of the industry you're in.
Listening it from one of the most successful VC's and ex-CEO of a large tech company, the knowledge has a timeless value.
In comparison, Peter's book is a seamless integration of personal stories, directions, and discussion about the underpinning logics. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Glad that he was able to compile his thoughts into this outstanding book, which would benefit all current and future entrepreneurs. Let's mandate this as a must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs.