#JustRead: The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Everyone in the entrepreneurial community raved about Ben Horowitz’s book. It is an interesting, honest look into his mind and the entrepreneurial scene from someone who is clearly brilliant.
Most of the lessons are motivating and widely applicable to all entrepreneurs. Sections about The Struggle, hiring, and more offer solid insights and valuable mantras. Some seem focused for folks with more developed companies, but interesting nonetheless.
Several, such as the profanity, give pause and make me wonder if the subsequent resolution of various dilemmas were a) immaterial to the overall success of the company b) incidental/lucky c) coincidental.
At some point, I would like to chronicle my thoughts from entrepreneurship…unclear though if they are ‘lessons’ per se, as it implies a certainty that seems difficult to isolate/ascertain and likely ephemeral.
Part of the message, though, is that there often isn’t a right answer. Ultimately, his track record as both CEO of Opsware/Loudcloud and one of the best investors provides gravitas.
In the world of startups…and perhaps most arenas, when most people look for advice: success is truth and the successful ones are the teachers. In this case, Ben seems like a worthwhile instructor.