The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Updated: Jan 27, 2018

I read Ben Horowitz’s book titled The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers over two years ago and it is one of the best business books I’ve ever read. It is a gem and the reason is because Ben Horowitz has lots of experience running a start-up company during the Dot Com Bubble and he mentions a lot of his experiences and what was going through his mind during the difficult times. The good times take care of themselves meanwhile the tough times are what need lots of caring and thought, so his advice is invaluable.

Ben was the cofounder of Loudcloud with Marc Andreessen, Tim Howes, and In Sik Rhee in 1999. Loudcloud offered hosting services to large businesses like Ford Motor and Nike for infrastructure and applications. Loudcloud went public on March 9, 2001 but then in 2002 Loudcoud was transformed into Opsware where Horowitz was still the President and CEO. Eventually the company was sold to Hewlett Packard.