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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ben Horowitz

Narrated By: Kevin Kenerly

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: March 2014

Duration: 7 hours 59 minutes

Summary:

Ben Horowitz, cofounder 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.
While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.
Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz's personal and often humbling experiences.

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  • Abel A.

    Best read so far!

  • Max R

    You need to be CEO to understand the deep roots of this. If you are... it's a terrific book.

  • Anishay Rah

    Very practical solutions to very real problems any CEO would face. Some of the problems he addresses are beyond my experience at the Moment, but the accuracy of the rest will definitely make me read this book again in a couple of years when I've reached those problems.

  • Frank Drucker

    CEO - centric book leaves the rest of management wanting for more. Unless you're a CEO, you may find it hard to relate to this book. I've been a COO and had a hard time staying interested.

  • Helen Oakley

    I really enjoyed this book. Interesting, educational, funny, clever and well-written. I've also enjoyed the narrating - it definitely added the tone and soul of the book. Definitely recommend it!