Discovering Innovation through my WCU class ENT601

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

I chose this book because I liked the title.  You know they say do not judge a book by its cover.  As I eagerly awaited the delivery of my Amazon purchase, I had no idea what the book was about.  Imagine my surprise upon opening the envelope containing this gorgeous hardback book to find a book about Ben Horowitz and his experiences, issues, and lessons learned the hard way throughout his life. His life as a tech guru! If you follow my discussion prompts, blog posts, or you just know me, you will soon find out that technology is not my friend.  Technology has been one of my biggest challenges as an Entrepreneur. Fate may be telling me something as I embark to read and understand the life of Ben Harowitz.

This book is dedicated to Ben Horowitz’s family.  The notation in the front of the book states that 100% of Ben’s proceeds of the book will go to help women in developing countries gain basic civil rights via the American Jewish World Service. 

Mr. Harowitz starts his book with all of the things that we may think are not hard in managing a business. In his words, “The hard thing is waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat when the dream turns into a nightmare.”(Harowitz,2014)

This book is an autobiography.  The first couple of chapters outline Horowitz’s first jobs which happen to be in the tech industry.  He is at the forefront of the technology industry and things did not come as easy as you might think. I will continue reading about the saga of Ben Harowitz and apprise you of all his experiences both good and bad.

Horowitz, Ben. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. New York, Harper Collins,2014.

3 thoughts on “Discovering Innovation through my WCU class ENT601

  1. Tina,

    I can’t wait to follow along with your thoughts and responses to this book! I too am not a “tech” person, I do above average with the Microsoft office products, but learning new products can be a large hurdle for me. For example, I was totally overwhelmed with the back of the napkin exercise at first. I eventually started to look up YouTube videos (thank god for YouTube, I don’t think there is anything you can’t learn from there!) and then it started clicking, but it sure was a learning curve!

    I am also new at blogging, but I have always been a writer and loved to get my thoughts down on paper. I am currently going through the VERY overwhelming adoption process and decided to let my thoughts get out on that through a blog! I am also interested in expanding blogs to different areas, such as cooking or a business I am currently working on!

    I can’t wait to hear more about Ben Horowitz and learn about his experiences through your readings.

    Thanks,
    Caitlin Stils

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  2. First, I would like to congratulate you on the approval of your license! I agree with you that the title of the book that you have chosen is interesting and catchy. As entrepreneurs, I am certain that many of us will wake up with worries in the middle of the night at one point or another. I am curious as to what was going through the author’s mind in that moment. It is noble that 100% of the proceeds from book sales are going to charity. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts and learning more about your business!

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    1. Thank you. I did not think I would like the book. I am currently almost finished with it. The author’s main theme is to not give up. Throughout the book, Harowitz solves one problem after another. He adds a little humor for a laugh now and then.

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