A book for CEO’s
I recently got a book suggestion for this book from Deepak Sinha @DSinha201. I really enjoyed the book. Its written by Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Ben breaks down the book with important management / startup lessons he learned into digestible chapters. Making the book fun by quoting hip hop stars like JayZ & Kanye West. Brings a down to earth perspective. His experience is priceless. And I agree with most of his suggestions.
Almost all management books focus on how to do things correctly, so you don’t screw up, these lessons provide insight into what you must do after you have screwed up.
If you’re planning to start a company, whether it’s a high-tech company or the kinds of companies that I started and ran, read this book. If you’re going to be someone in charge of anything in any kind of a company, read this book.
Some take aways
- You can tell a lot about your management skills by the way you act during tough times, especially during a period where you must do layoffs
- Poaching No-Nos, just like I said it, its a no no.
- Value, its what you believe the value is and when to be bullish. Sometimes is difficult
- Keeping Politics out of the company by adhering towards good employee review processes that are standardized.
- Being CEO ain’t easy. Not for you, not for anyone else. So feel easy that you are not alone and its meant to be a hard job
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About the Book from Amazon
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.
Ben to say the least is a bad ass. Ben Horowitz is the cofounder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next generation of leading technology companies. The firm’s investments include Airbnb, GitHub, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Previously, he was cofounder and CEO of Opsware, formerly Loudcloud, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007. Horowitz writes about his experiences and insights from his career as a computer science student, software engineer, cofounder, CEO, and investor in a blog that is read by nearly 10 million people. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Fortune, the Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others. Horowitz lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Felicia.
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