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.