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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz

A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Publish Date
March 4
Goodreads rating
For anyone insterested in building, growing, or leading a great company, this book is an incredibly valuable resource.     source
Let’s just say, we started out relationship with vigorous disagreement, and we’ve continued that to this day.     source
Sep 04, 2014
This book is loaded with great lessons and advice from a successful leader and innovator.      source
An inspiring story of a business rebirth through sheer willpower.     source
Oct 31, 2016
Then finally there is “The Hard Thing about Hard Things.” It’s a bit dark but it does cover a lot of useful territory on what building an organization is like.     source
Ben Horowitz has written the first true guide for protecting a startup from self-sabotage.     source
Nov 10, 2015
Q. - What's your favourite business book you'd advise to young entrepreneurs and why? M.L. -Some good ones from the "pure business" category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator's Dilemma, Good to Great, etc. Personally, I prefer less advice, more history. From my favorite business segment: Too Big To Fail, Ascent of Money, When Genius Failed, etc. Books on applied psychology (Influence, Predictably Irrational, etc) are another way to round out primarily technological education :)     source
May 02, 2019
Without question, to me, The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz is, by far, the best, most brutally honest and incredibly useful book about the realities of starting and running a company, ever written.     source
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.     source
Apr 11, 2019
21/ Hard Thing about Hard Things. @bhorowitz delves into the hardest situations a CEO will face, and how to move forward where there are no good answers. This is a great book to understand what it means to have the buck stop with you, i.e. act as an entrepreneur.     source
Entertaining more than anything. I read The Hard Thing About Hard Things, I was like: I would never work for this guy. But entertaining and some good lessons.     source
I like this one, but it’s not for very new entrepreneurs.     source
Jun 11, 2019
@BooValu23 @portfoliobooks @a16z Honestly, I don't think there are too many out there - best business book generally is @bhorowitz Hard Things About Hard Things     source