BUILDING A BUSINESS WHEN THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS
Written by experienced entrepreneur Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers offers advice and practical information about building and running a startup based on his well-known blog. The book is geared toward veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to launch a new venture.
Ben is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley–based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs launching technology companies. He has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fortune Magazine, The Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben shares his experiences and insights from his career as a computer science student, software engineer, cofounder, CEO, and investor in ben’s blog, which is read by nearly 10 million people.
The book cover topics including:
- Demoting (or firing) a loyal friend
- Whether you should incorporate titles and promotions, and how to handle them
- If it’s okay to hire people from your friend’s company
- How to manage your own psychology, while the whole company is relying on you
- What to do when smart people are bad employees
- Why Andreessen Horowitz prefers founder CEOs, and how to become one
- Whether you should sell your company, and how to do it.
Praise for The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
“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
“Ben’s book is a great read—with uncomfortable truths about entrepreneurship and how to lead a company. It’s also an inspiring story of a business rebirth through sheer willpower.”
– Larry Page, Co-Founder and CEO Google
“Every management guide presumes that all great companies follow a formula. But successful startups don’t imitate; they build innovations that can’t be copied. Ben Horowitz knows no recipe guarantees success. He has written the first true guide for protecting a startup from self-sabotage.”
– Peter Thiel, Co-Founder PayPal, Founder and Partner at Founders Fund