The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Book - 2014 | First edition
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Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup -- practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn't cover, based on his popular Ben's Blog.
Publisher: New York :, Harper Business,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062273208
Branch Call Number: 658.403 HOR NVD
Characteristics: x, 289 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 22, 2019

The first 10% or so of The Hard Thing About Hard Things is Ben Horowitz's abridged autobiography. It's a humanizing and necessary setup for the pragmatic advice that follows. If you're hoping for more of his personal narrative throughout the rest of the book, i.e. the life of a CEO of a young company and having to constantly address challenges and make difficult choices, there's a little bit of that but you'll likely be bored a third of the way in. However, if you're eager to get into the thick of the actual 'hard stuff,' the Q&A of problem and their solutions, I promise you will find plenty of that and more.

There's plenty of useful advice here. It's certainly much more useful if you're a CEO or planning on becoming one. The further down the work hierarchy you go, the less relevant it is.

Jan 28, 2019

This turn out to be a story telling book instead of facts and figures books. I read about a third of it and skimmed the rest. The book is good entertainment but does not have real hard, usable knowledge. The title is a bit misleading in that sense.

Jan 23, 2018

I didn't finish reading this book but there is a juicy story about how the author met his wife. Very funny!

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