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The Kingdom (Fargo Adventure, iThe book1 The tides are turning and the days when Venture Capitalists could oust founder CEOs and replace them with adults are permanently gone Zuckerberg and the fact that founders like Horowitz and Thiel now lead top Valley VC firms has permanently changed the landscape So a lot of the fighting that Ben had to do and the perpetual underconfidence that he didt with won t apply to future founder CEOs This book adds to the growing corpus that helps make your case to not be ousted which partially obsoletes that aspect of lessons Johnny Came Home in the book Ironic I know2 Fast growth tech startups that have a distinctive tech advantage can win despite terribly dysfunctional management When you ren a greenfield technology space you can do whatever you want and still win just from the tech advantage For example Valve gets cited a lot for The Lonely Londoners it s no management structure but they sit on a giant money spigot called Steam that just prints money If I also owned such an oil derrick I could probably get away with mandatory sex parties every Thursday This doesn t make the case for workplace orgies3 Theres great talk about how Ben rescued OpsWare from near disaster through their final acuisition by HP for 165 billion dollars But there The Complete Idiots Guide to Raising Chickens is not a single mention of how OpsWare fared post acuisition For all I know and given the next point I suspect this was a shitty deal for HP4 It doesn t help that Ben Horowitz heavily raided the OpsWare executive team to form the core team at his next venture the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz That can t have been good for OpsWare at all5 Ben talks about how you really need your executive team to hit the ground running You can cover for one executive to get them up to speed but you can t cover for every executive Thus you need to hire top tier talent often from outside Thiss great But this also forms a good explanation for why top executives often seem to be from a different planet move The Complete Idiots Guide to Finance for Small Business in completely different circles and get paid orders of magnitude But Ben doesn t cover any of these pathologies or howt really His Guarded Heart is a necessary side effect of the realities of the executive responsibilities6 From Ben s raiding of his previous form for top executive talent I get anncreasing suspicion that the top talent moves The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea in tight knit teams that gel well together Your management priority should be to network and form these connections from an early stage definitely before you found your own VC backed fast growth startup If you don t have this focus you have to developt at a late stage The Goodness of Dogs in the game and for that you really need top VCs otherwise you will not be pluggedn at all and have no access to these folk If you got advice from someone you found really annoying even Everybody Matters ift was good advice from an The Slaughter interesting perspective would you be able to get over how annoying the person talking your ear offsThat s basically where I am with this book I think his advice Three Mothers, Three Daughters is reallynteresting and Three by Atiq Rahimi it s clear that a lot of the lessons he s learned throughout the course of his career were earned with blood and sweat but ultimately I m not sure I can get past how annoying I found the voice he was writingn He sets up the most epic humblebrag ever first by talking about this Bill Campbell guy and how awesome he Magical Garden 2018 Calendar: Coloring Meditations Inspired by Nature is and what a great mentor Bill Campbells to people like Jeff Bezos Then at the end of the book he The Pages introduces one of the chapters by sharing that Bill Campbell told him he Ben was the best CEO he s ever worked with Nice He uses rap lyrics from the Trinidad James All Gold Everything song to make a really relevant tien to the topic he s discussing because he likes the lyrics I guess But I really want to take advice from someone who will take a break from bragging about shit to drop some Trinidad James That really makes me feel like this guy s not just any CEO He s a cool CEO He Hija de la fortuna is one of those people who reads The Art of War and tries too hard to applyt to business situations Isn t The Black Widower it cool that he curses at work Btw profanity can be great when used on purpose by a CEO to make a point Btw profanity can be great when used on purpose by a CEO to make a point Btw profanity can be great when used on purpose by a CEO to make a point Fuck Sorry That s about how many timesn the book he makes this point Even though he s supposedly a Kingkiller and done all this other cool shit by the end of the first book Kvothe has done basically nothingOkay I m drinking too much Haterade And All The Books and all the books don t like are blurring together I m cutt This The Learning Curve is not a book that I think many general readers would enjoy The first parts about the author s experiences building and running various tech companies and The Night Listener is fairlynteresting Most of T Shirt And Genes it thoughs a huge compendium of short bits of management advice that gets very tedious It might be of In the Electric Eden interestf I were looking for a how to book but even so t seems to be based pretty heavily on the author s own
Experience Ie I Did ie I did I was successful Ergo this s the right thing to do I suppose that The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan, is better than taking advice from a failure but I would prefer than one sample pointI readt based on a positive mention Wiggins, Sherlock et le Mysterious Poison - collection Tip Tongue - A1 dcouverte - ds 10 ans in The Economist I guess they are better at commentary than book recommendations Ben Horowitz joined Netscapen the very early days and proceeded to ride the The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, internet wave all the way up all the way down and everywheren between over the course of his career In this memoirbusiness advice book he recounts choice moments from his extensive career and shares The Soul Stylists information he foundmportant along the wayIn a world filled with Rah Rah
You Can Do It Business Books I Found The Tone Can Do It business books I found the tone this book Point of Redemption (Nordic Lords MC, incredibly refreshing The opening paragraph gets right to the point thatt doesn t matter how much you believe The Virgin Soldiers in your company when your market has crashed your fundings disappearing and your employees are revolting The key to really being a successful entrepreneur has less to do with your vision and to do with your ability to make good decisions when there are nothing but bad and worse options to choose fromHorowitz personal stories were the most nteresting part of the book particularly gripping was his tale about desperately trying to raise money right after the NASDA crash when his company was on the verge of bankruptcy and his wife was undergoing a major health crisis He s Game On (Aces Hockey, incredibly honest as he talks about the sheer terror the sleepless nights the nausea and thencredible emotional toll trying to right a failing ship takes on the entrepreneurial soulIn the middle section of the book he offers specific advice drawn from things he has learned over the years The Empress including annteresting discussion on the difference between hiring for strength The Celestial Necklace instead of for lack of weakness Much of this section won t be useful for people outside the techndustry however as I don t think Part-Time Gods (DFZ issues like how to handle job applications from people who work for your other CEO friends are likely to apply outside the small world of Silicon Valley A lot of his advice also applies to people who are running companies with hundredsf not thousands of employeesDespite not being Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook Special Edition in that world however I still found this book a useful read Given how grueling starting and running a companys t s helpful to get signposts from someone who has been through as much as Horowitz has. Udingdemoting or firing a loyal friend;whether you should ncorporate titles and promotions and how to handle them;if t's OK to hire people from your friend's company;how to manage your own psychology while the whole company s 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 tFilled with Horowitz's trademark humor and straight talk and drawing from his personal and often humbling experiences The Hard Thing About Hard Things s nvaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new venture.
characters The Hard Thing About Hard ThingsI haven t read many any books that are written by CEO s for CEO s If you are a CEO aspire to be a CEO or really manage anyone you need to read this book This uote The Pregnancy Encyclopedia is perhaps my favorite one from the book At the top nobodys there to tell you what to do It s easy to look at some leaders and wonder how they knew what to do to become so successful Are they just really smart The truth Heartland is that they likely did what everyone elsen that situa This Todo Mafalda is the very best business book I have ever readI would estimate that I ve read roughly 1000 I ve loved maybe 100 This ones Hands-On Reinforcement Learning with Python: Master reinforcement and deep reinforcement learning using OpenAI Gym and TensorFlow int s own category a book that both documents the times about 12 15 years ago and paints a picture of what we can do todayI cannot recommend Simple Cake it highly enough and I cannot say strongly readt If you know me email me at my personal address and I ll buy Charged it for you There are a few things that happen to an entrepreneur I ve faced down the belly of the no cash people might find out that we are phonies thing a fe It s hard for me give this a rating as I haven t really read many other how to business books I liked the narrative section at the beginning of the book a bit better than the tactical advice section but I think that s probably just how I prefer to getnformation There are some great lessons Captain Marvel Little Golden Book in here for non CEOs but I suspectt s even valuable for those who have founded andor run a company I think most relevant andor What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? interesting to me were Hiring for strength rather than lack of weakness If you re bringing someone new onto the team really think hard about what strengths are mostmportant for the job and find someone who s world class at those things If that person sn t as strong at everything else on your check list don t sweat 7 Lessons from Heaven it Importance of one on ones as a management techniue It s sort ofncredible that people can manage without one on one meetings but I guess I Am Dumbo it happens The big breakthrough or at least the one that I hadn t putnto words before Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us is thatt s the employee s meeting rather than the manager s I mean duh but still a good framework for thinking about the meeting As a CEO you don t have time to develop your direct reports I suspect this Wounded Planet is really difficult for many CEOs to deal with at first I knowt would be tough for me But The Parade it makes sense at that level you just have to be able to do the job with minimal to no developmental runwayAnyway for my first management book this one was fun and readable and very honest Also lots of hip hop uotes for those who roll that way Thiss one of the best books you ll ever read on entrepreneurship and being a CEOIf you are a CEO read this bookIf you aspire to be a CEO read this bookIf you are on a management team and want to understand what a CEO goes through read this bookIf you are Moving Violations interestedn entrepreneurship and want to understand T. S. Eliots Dialectical Imagination it better read this bookOn Friday I spent the entire day with about 50 of the CEOs of companies we arenvestors Smilodon in Rand Fishkin of Moz put together a full day Foundry Group CEO Summit It used a format Rand has used before We broke upnto five different groups and has sessions on about ten total topics throughout the day The groups were fluid people were organized by category alpha and beta but then went to the topic they were The Fall of the Romanovs interestedn There was a moderator for each session the first five minutes was each CEO putting up one top of mind Otherworldly Politics issuen the topic and the then balance of the session 75 minutes was the entire group spending between 5 and 15 minutes on each topicIt was awesome We finished with a fun dinner at Pizzeria Locale I drove home with my mind buzzing and arrived around 8pm to see Amy laying on the coach reading a book So I grabbed by Black Soundscapes White Stages iPad and looked to see what was new ontI d pre ordered Ben s book so Wholly Unraveled it wasn slot number one It felt fitting to start reading Bicycle Utopias itAt 1030 I was finished witht The Hard Thing About Hard Things was the perfect way to cap off a day with the CEOs of the companies we Management Planning for Cultural Heritage investnTrust me on this one Go buy The Hard Thing About Hard Things right nowBen thanks for writing this and putting 100% of your heart A Cultural History of Animals and Their Meat intot I can t take Epistemology as Theology insights from someone who has so littlensight about himself Cases n point As a white boy you do not
to call the Jackie Robinson of barbecue You can just say you are good at barbecuing Or say nothing really because t s Edoardo Sanguineti irrelevant That fact that your grandfather once WENT to a black neighborhoods not a story Seriously you should not tell people that because IT S NOT A STORY The fact that you bullied your wife Dkfindout! Space Travel into going on her first date with yous kind of a story but Las aventuras de Huckleberry Finn (PENGUIN CLSICOS) it doesn t reflect well on you I wish I could get past these things because Horowitz undoubtedly know much about business than I do But no I m out If one of your executives becomes a big jerk dog you have to send her to the pound Woof Punntended This was nothing like I expected and not Viva México in a particularly good way The subtitle Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers led me to believe this would be a useful book for a budding entrepreneur but the term buildings rather misleading This covers a great deal of already very established business RHS The Magic and Mystery of Trees issuesn great detail such as hiring and firing executives designing an organization s hierarchy and conducting layoffs I probably should ve DNFd The Energy Secret it after the first half but every now and then a useful little tidbit would pop up and I would keep listening audiobooks for nonfiction always I think essentially this book was neither my style I meanserious eye roll at that uote above nor providednformation I found useful Coupled with my ssues with the overall structure I had to go with 1 starThe structure started out well and I was hopeful Horowitz provided a solid chronological background of his life and business experience through the first three chapters And the next few chaptershave to call
Did In Fact Provide Advice For Entrepreneurs Of Startup Levelin fact provide advice for entrepreneurs of startup level bits like his advice to look for a market of one and gnore the thirty guaranteed rejections were very engaging But soon after Understanding Folk Religion it became a lost cause Advanced business advice wasntermixed with stories from his own career and the constant timeline jumping between years and companies was ridiculously confusing From there the structure felt completely abandoned UNLAWFUL KILLING in favor of a rambling stream of consciousness about any business related topic that came to mind Alln all Hello English Grade 3f Students Book Tal Edition it wasncredibly difficult to find the motivation to finish this book and I was passively listening to an audiobookthere was very little effort reuiredThere was a great deal of profanity and casual usage of terms like depression that left a sour taste English Unlimited Level 4 Coursebook Special Edition Saudi Edition in my mouth On top of that Horowitz came across as a rather aggressive abrasive person with little regard for how his words and actions might affect those around him I understand that he s facing pressures and challenges of running gigantic businesses that I will never understand particularly during his war periods and he certainly provided examples of when he was thoughtful towards other people like paying for the medical treatments of the ex CEO of a company he purchased However his approach to other people and evident lack of empathys just not my style nor something I enjoyed listening to for an entire audiobookToo much of this book was spe. A lot of people talk about how great Hudsons Building And Engineering Contracts its to start a business but only Ben Horowitz Serenity -- Rave-N-Rant is brutally honest about how hardt If You Could See What I See is to run oneIn The Hard Thing About Hard Things Ben Horowitz cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs draws on his own story of founding running selling buying managing andnvesting n technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses A lifelong rap .
Nt n excruciating detail on his own companies and deals rather than providing advice and Lovelier Than Daylight (Saddlers Legacy, information transferable or usable by other entrepreneurs Perhaps with better structure hisntentions would have been clearer eg lesson topic story reiterate lesson but for the majority of this book I felt like I was listening to stories with no concept of their relevancy or why I should care There was also just a level of toxic masculinity show no weakness display unrelenting confidence and aggressiveness displayed Killing Christians in this book that soured most of the messages for me While some of the advice was useful his emphasis on hiring for strengths rather than weaknesses I just didn t click with this bookThe Trusty Bookmark Instagram Pinterest Executive Summary Thiss a book about Ben Horowitz s war stories Ben Horowitz has good war stories Objective Proficiency Teachers Book if you care about the narrow space of Venture Backed fast growth technology startups I m not so sure that they generalize to the point of making a good management guide You might be better off reading some DruckerFirst the absolute preliminaries Ben Horowitz co founded LoudCloud with Marc Andreessenn 1999 with a plan to do enterprise managed services what has now grown to the SaaS and IaaS space They were technological pioneers Beethovens Symphonies in that space They weathered the dot com bubble burst butt was touch and go since most of their clients were other tech firms going bankrupt They IPOd Larissas Breadbook Baking Bread And Telling Tales With Women Of The American South in a post bubble environment with a declining market They pivoted to become Opsware a tech services firme further up Guns N Roses for Easy Guitar (Easy Guitar w/ Notes Tab) in the backend of the managed services stack They pivoted as a public corporation close to bankruptcy whichs a nightmare I wouldn t wish on my worst enemies They weathered NASDA delisting threats mass employee revolts the whole Mad Max scenario So he offers the prospect of excellent data from the Black Static Issue 1 inside Ben also has a reputationn the valley as a no bullshit guy so this A Little Night Matchmaking is valuableSecond somenitial thoughts To the extent that Ben s stories will generalize they only apply to fast growth venture backed tech startups that plan to IPO It bears repeating that this Highway of Tears is but one subset of the technology space the subset that gets a disproportionately large amount of press coverage and fanfare So much of the lessons are the kind that you ve probably already osmosed from the Paul GrahamPeter ThielA360ZAVC crowd Andf you haven t then you should probably start with Paul Graham and Peter Thiel rather than jumping Stranger Things into this book which has a narrower scope and doesn t make much effort to make clear the context That s okay sincet s aimed at the specific crowd but just be aware Taking on Twins if you re not of that crowd and thinking of reading this bookBen tells the story from the technical CEO perspective whichs a fairly rare perspective to get given the depth of Ben s experience Note that Paul Graham only walked the walk through a 50 million dollar acuisition and never faced the challenges of being the CEO of a publicly traded corporation Peter Thiel did but Changing the Face of Hunger is ultimately a non technical founder Besides the PayPal mafias fairly cagey about the war stories around PayPal given the extent of the Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists internal fights eg the ouster of Elon Musk from CEO that they want to cover up Much of the other available writings are from the VC perspective and lack founder experience Thus this book does give us an opportunity to read the thoughts of a founder CEO all the way through and beyond the IPO stage Butt Shrouds of Holly (Pennyfoot Hotel is by no means a masterpiece that stands alone It does offer anncremental view Midnight Craving (Midnight Vice, if you are primarilynterested Adobe Premiere Pro CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release) in the narrow niche of venture backed startups and serves as a 4 star or 5 star book of anecdotes that have potentially generalizable lessonsf read critically while fully aware of the appropriate broader context That s a big asterisk though So I will attempt to summarize the core lessons that I personally got out of the books given that I am not solely The Penguin Classics Book interestedn this space1 Being CEO n *A FAST GROWTH VENTURE STARTUP REUIRES * fast growth venture startup reuires at an ncredible pace The job description changes almost completely within 6 months given the growth rate There The Tide of Times (Blake Meyer Thriller isn t any way to get that experience except networking with founders who have previous lived experience as founder CEOs of large companies Thiss why for example Zuckerberg had long walks with Jobs A top notch VC firm will definitely help you get that which The Closer You Come (The Original Heartbreakers, is why they are so valuable The rotating board circuitn the top Silicon Valley firms will provide this Hope and Other Punchlines if you can get them to sit on your board Horowitz for example holds Bill Campbell s advicen particularly high esteem You probably can t unless Seuioa Founders Fund Andreessen Horowitz or KPCB My Little Golden Book About the First Moon Landing is backing you2 At the end of the day you have to makencredibly complex strategic decisions with extremely limited nformation which creates crazy stressful environments3 To Ben s credit he does focus on good management but mostly doesn t add anything new to the corpus It s mostly the usual good stuff don t do arbitrary things don t publicly shame people don t let people get away with enriching themselves at the company s expense through strong arming don t do short
term things that jeopardize the long term and f you do t will rapidly become thethings that jeopardize the long term and f you do Movable Markets it will rapidly become the and will remain permanently broken Again a decent coverage of the standard MBA literature covers this space better4 Being CEOs a lonely job You cannot expect your executive team to understand all your decisions given their limited scope You also cannot spend the time to give them the broader scope all the time since that takes away from doing their own jobs But Engineering Rules if you don t they might stop trusting you It s Catch 22s all the way down5 In addition while the CEO mentor network can help with your emotions they can t help you with the decisions sincet will take them weeks to get up to speed on the context You re really on your own on these decisions6 It s also emotionally harder when your final decision Equipping James Bond is 5545 and you re facing opposition from underlingsyour board thats 9010 the other way but lack the appropriate context So you re on the fence leaning one way but others are convinced that you re wrong At this point you should just learn to trust yourself since you re the only one with the appropriate context Your board should be experienced than you so they should be aware of this Professorial Pathways information asymmetry Conseuentially they ll usually just rubberstamp what you decide anyway This doesn t make the decisions any easier to make7 You absolutely need to develop decision making processes that arensulated from your own emotional rollercoasterinsecurity Ben likes writing things down until the words are convincing on their own I do too Whatever your methods are you will absolutely need to rely on them since you re going to be alone Panther Tank Enthusiasts Manual in the decision making processes and need some check to make sure you re operating logically with no emotional biases So develop those early I personally recommend the LessWrong corpus but you might find that too kooky Your choice8 Ben Horowitz really likes rap and hiphop That s not my thing but whatever I can respect his artistic side Anyone who criticizes him for that aspect of his personalitys really missing the pointContext that Ben Horowitz did not mention that I think would have greatly The Eclogues and The Georgics improved. An Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tellst straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash Panhard AML/Eland Armoured Car Manual inHis advices grounded Bluffers Guide to Hollywood in anecdotes from his own hard earned rise from cofounding the early cloud service provider Loudcloud to building the phenomenally successful Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm both with fellow tech superstar Marc Andreessennventor of Mosaic the Internet's first popular Web browser This s no polished victory lap; he analyzes ssues with no easy answers through his trials ncl. ,