The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz is the cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs. In The Hard Things About Hard Things he gives a play by play description of the highs and gut wrenching lows of starting a business. Horowitz is one of the most refreshingly honest, funny, and real authors I have ever read. He is not afraid of the well timed word, even if profane, to make his point and convey his message. He analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. He tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.
“In the technology business, you rarely know everything up front. The difference between being mediocre and magical is often the difference between letting people take creative risk and holding them too tightly accountable. Accountability is important, but it’s not the only thing that’s important.”
“In my experience as CEO, I found that the most important decisions tested my courage far more than my intelligence.”
Review by Michelle Wolter