Summary of The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Copyright © 2014 by Ben Horowitz. Published by arrangement with HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Ben Horowitz guided Loudcloud through life-or-death struggles before selling it to Hewlett-Packard for $1.65 billion. He argues that no formula can promise entrepreneurial success. Horowitz is a first-rate storyteller and a refreshingly irreverent teacher who uses allusions ranging from Jay Z to Clint Eastwood to Dr. Seuss. Any business leader will find worthy guidance in this exhortation to persist through “the Struggle.” getAbstract recommends Horowitz’s part autobiography, part tip sheet to anyone building a company.
In this summary, you will learn
- What Loudcloud’s struggles reveal about running a start-up,
- Why it is important to put your people before products or profits,
- What qualities a leader needs, and
- When you should consider selling your company.
About the Author
Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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3 years agoIt doesn't worth the appraises.
It's just an example of Halo Effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect
4 years agoMISSED MOST OF THE MAJOR 'TEACHING MOMENTS' OF THE BOOK
4 years agoThis was one of the greatest books ever written for a high tech CEO. This summary certainly does not do it justice.
4 years agoAgree it is a great book and this summary does not include some best lessons learned of the peaks and valleys of Mergers and Acquisitions especially the story illustrating the CEO responsibility with the IPO and closing price of Baidu on Day 1.