The Hard Thing about Hard Things

by Ben Horowitz
business reading

The Hard Thing about the Hard Things is book full of hard to swallow facts of running a successful business. Ben Horowitz with brutal honesty describes what all can go wrong, how to avoid it, and that eventually something always goes wrong. All of this with interesting and insightful stories from his time at Loudcloud.

The whole book is separated into discrete and short chapters on individual subjects of running a business. Be it chapter about hiring people for positions you know nothing about, telling your employees the bad news or even sacking your good friend. Ben always sums his knowledge into a few key takeaways that are easy to adopt and remember and even if you later want to learn more on some subject or just revisit a certain topic the book structure makes it easy to grab it and read a few pages on what you need.

The Hard Thing about the Hard Things contains plenty of examples and easy to grab concepts that can be adopted on many more places than just technological companies. The book covers a vast amount of topics so everyone will find a useful piece for himself. In the end you will know that there are no easy answers, but at least you can learn from mistakes of others.


Title: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Author: Ben Horowitz
ISBN10: 0062273205
ISBN13: 9780547265452