• The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • De : Ben Horowitz
  • Lu par : Kevin Kenerly
  • Durée : 7 h et 57 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Date de publication : 04/03/2014
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Éditeur : HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (26 notations)

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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.

©2014 Ben Horowitz (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Thomas
  • 18/03/2014

For large company managers, not startups

Horowitz's formula for "building a business" is to get hundreds of millions of dollars from venture capitalists, then take your the company public and get hundreds of millions more dollars. Then buy companies that have products you need. The author has lots of advice about laying off employees, firing executives, and giving bad news to investors. There's a good chapter about the importance of training your employees.

This book is not for startups. "The Lean Startup," by Eric Ries, is a better book for entrepreneurs. Horowitz's book is for executives managing large companies.

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  • bigdatamark
  • 03/09/2014

Exciting and insightful view of a "wartime CEO"

Any additional comments?

First of all, I have to warn you that the author, Ben Horowitz, apparently likes gangster rap, and there are quotes at the beginning of chapters and sections that are relevant, yet have foul language and try to be offensive. Ben Horowitz interestingly, uses swear words, but only for great impact.

Second, Kevin Kenerly, the narrator, has a great style. It's hard to explain, but it's like he's speaking directly to you, and only to you. Some people might be annoyed by it, but I thought it was very appropriate for this book.

Third, there was a lot of really interesting and dramatic insight into how Horowitz handled an almost impossible to believe string of disasters by seeking good advice from his mentors, from experts, and by making hard decisions. Although I don't agree with some of the ways he treated people, his methods did get results.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 29/01/2018

Book for Entrepreneuers

The book is a combination of an autobiography and entrepreneurial advice. The first three chapters are about the author's start in the business (as if he's a recognizable name in the tech industry). Few people probably even heard of the companies that he co-founded, Loudcloud and Opsware. Also, it was self-indulgent of the author to start each chapter with a quotation from rap music (reciting lyrics from Kanye West as if they were words of wisdom to a businessperson).

When the author finally gets to recounting the struggles of running a company and giving advice on how to avoid the mistakes he made, the book then starts to fulfill its intent of "Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers." The author described the actions he had taken and explained his thought process. He gave the "what", "how", and "why" for his actions. Many of the suggestions are specific to entrepreneurs (like hiring an executive team, how to run a startup company, and when to sell the company). There is some business management advice (like having regular 1-on-1 meetings with direct reports and giving clear, honest feedback), but you'll have to prod through a lot of the entrepreneurial content.

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  • Scott Wozniak
  • 03/03/2015

Strong, insightful, and a bit vulgar

Ben Horowitz has been there and done that--that being starting a tech firm and leading it through chaos and surprise and heartbreak to success. He isn't sharing leadership theory, he's sharing his life lessons.

As such, he offers specific examples and actual numbers for each of his principles. And his principles are insightful and practical. A few are powerful, like the idea of management debt: you can delay making a hard decision but you incur "debt". The problem didn't go away, you will have to pay it later--with interest. So pay now and reduce the cost. Also, don't hire a stereotypical executive, hire the one that fits the exact situation of your company. For example, there's a big difference between running a large company and building a large company. The first is more about managing lots of pressure--reacting well. The second is about creating growth through aggressive action--without anyone pressuring you to do it.

I give 4 rather than 5 stars to this strong leadership book because of the large amount of foul language. Not only is there a section where he decided as CEO to allow a tech culture norm of expletives (that was strategic at least), but he cusses every couple of pages. I guess he's being authentic but it is distracting.

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  • 17/08/2015

Once you learn to deal with Horowitz narcissism, it finally gets to the meat

The voice was miserable. It might have been a low soothing voice, ideal for radio, but the person didn't keep it interesting in inflection. Like a lazy professor a couple years after being tenured.

Horowitz takes a while to get to the real information of his book. When he does get there it great. Before that it is too slow.

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  • m.a.
  • 16/06/2014

Great book - surprised by all the vitriol

Any additional comments?

Those who focus their review on the fact that there's hip hop references or the fact that the author is so raw in his language are clearly missing the f*cking point (since the book is full of expletives). This book explained the agony and euphoria I saw on many of my own CEOs, going from tiny companies to being acquired for millions of dollars. Of course, a good counter part to this book is Lean Start Up by Eric Ries (and that book is dry, boring, methodical, lean on interest yet good since it's the strategy to being a lean, agile start up). Horowitz doesn't mince his words and speaks sincerely about the realities of tech start ups. As Mitch Joel says so eloquently in CTRL-ALT-DELETE - the business world is in a state of purgatory. I'll add that technology is the extreme game of survival of the fittest. A must read for anyone working in tech. And leave your pearls at home. Business is cutthroat, it won't say please and thank you.

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  • gm050
  • 18/08/2015

Sound advice, amateur writing and narration

The narrator enunciates so aggressively and with such over-animation it made me flinch. And the excessive use of rap lyrics and other extensive references to pop culture gave the book and story a very amateurish feel. The excessive use of the pronoun "she" when referring to hypothetical CEOs also presented an odd juxtaposition with the fact that every single reference to living CEOs was to male ones (Jobs, Bezos, Schmidt, Campbell, Gates...)

However, when the actual advice of the book came out (not until the last half or maybe even quarter) it was clear, concise and to the point. Definitely got me thinking. Wish the whole book had been as such.

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  • 11/02/2015

High level advice for CEOs

Not great for startups meant for big company CEOs. Some good actionable ideas and insights. Interesting history of Netscape and loudcloud.

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  • Jesse Ashton
  • 08/07/2015

Hard to listen to

The narrator is awful
There are several examples given in the book where the author gives numbered examples, "one...(long pause, explanation)......two ..."
I listened to on 2X speed and it was very dry.

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  • Hal
  • 10/09/2016

Hard truths no fluff, a gut check for founding CEO

If you need to know how paranoid you needed to be before considering being the CEO of a startup, then this is a must read. Not too long, great insight into the dread, critical, life altering decisions that you must make as a forms prime leader.

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  • Engineer
  • 08/03/2015

Nice Book

It really is a nice book but it tells the same story or principles over and over again. Still worth buying and worth reading or listening to.
Enjoy

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  • quantified markets GmbH
  • 07/10/2016

Am I the only one struggling?

The combination of personal experiences and theoretic insights makes this book truly outstanding. Some of the discussed topics are not yet relevant to my company or me, but I like the idea of growing into this book.

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  • Gabor
  • 04/08/2016

boring

I listened for about 60 minutes then I had to stop.. only words but no real value.. listened to much better audio books.. was not worth the money at all :(

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  • Klaus
  • Guangzhou, China
  • 11/03/2015

Great answers to rel life questions

I like this book very much. It discusses and demonstrate the mindset for success. It teaches, to have an idea and to exercise until success it there (or the failure is happened and the lesson is learned from it). This is very valuable in a time, where PC is the most admired public and social behavior (but it would never lead you to a worthy goal). It's never easy to make hard decisions but it is the only way to advance.
Ben Horowitz is a excellent teacher and his story is great learning material.
Every "to be future" leader can benefit a lot from this book.
Thanks Ben

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  • patrik
  • 26/05/2018

Great book with relevant examples

For all managers and people who want to step up their game. Each theory is combined with a been there, done that example. Want to know how your bosses and peers think / should think. Read this book.

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  • Oliver
  • 06/04/2018

Must read for entrepreneurs and wannebes

Valuable lessons for founders, innovators and people who want to run companies are very well summarised in this book.

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  • Aerotow
  • 02/04/2018

Für (zukünftige) Gründer und Manger genial

Viele seiner Weisheiten sind primär nur relevant wenn man ebenfalls Gründen möchte oder bereits hat. Dafür sind viele Erkenntnisse umso mehr wertvoll.

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  • Chrisiboy
  • 26/03/2018

Wish I had had these lessons earlier!

Nice mix of leadership, authenticity and company building advice - including catchy quotes such as "shy children don't get any sweets". There's a lot of good and sometimes funny examples and the audiobook is well-read too. 5 stars!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 15/03/2018

interesting

Interesting to listen to for business owners, but more relevant to those at executive level.

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  • Mikhail Romanov
  • 28/03/2017

Not for everyone

If you like watered down management theory or uplifting motivational chapters - keep looking. This books slams you with hard truths and shows you how to not be paralyzed when there is no right way of doing things. I love how it challenges you to step up and deal with things even when there seems to be no way out