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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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Ben Horowitz writes truly about the hard things; not just the hard things, but the boring things, the un-fancy side of leading a company. Ben draws from his rich experiences to build a HOW-TO guide for building a muscle for tackling hard things. From un-fancy aspects of management, like employee training and building a great HR organization, to personality traits that define people whom you can go to war with.
Two things stood out for me and will be etched in my mind forever. First, what Ben calls the Struggle. His description of it and guidelines in what to do when you identify you've landed yourself in one, will be a life saver. Second, his chapter on 'How to lead when you don't know where you are going' is a remarkable commentary on traits of someone who does hard things.
I will keep going back to specific chapters in this book when I find myself lost.
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.
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This is for testing purpose for those who can’t tell hahahaha