Tech Money Man's Lessons

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Drawing on his experience with his own start-up tech firm, as well as investing in companies like Airbnb, Foursquare, Gilt, Pinterest and Twitter, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of the tech venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (HarperBusiness, 2014), shares his lessons on how to make the tough calls in running a new business, and also mixes in some rap lyrics.


Ben Horowitz

Comments [5]


This is the first business book I will buy in a decade. What a clear headed young man.

Mar. 15 2014 11:14 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

What get’s me is a guy makes a ton of money in finance, high tech you name it then he/she turns around and writes a book laying out their advice and philosophy on the public. Then the media gets a hold of it and now we have America’s latest sage. Meanwhile unemployment is high and sages say nothing. May be we should be consulting Sybils they might to a better job.

Mar. 13 2014 12:18 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

I don’t understand this guest. In Germany many workers are unionized, including 3 person shops. Work issues are formalized and there are strict procedures to follow. Germany is a highly successful economy, with an educate work force. While in America running a company, wages, promotions, compensation of employees are ad hoc and there is nearly zero unionization and the American economy is failing. What’s up?

Mar. 13 2014 12:05 PM
Alex from Greenpoint

You got it, Mark. Well done.

Mar. 13 2014 11:55 AM
Mark from Manhattan

Money Laundering ...... Like Yahoo paying Mark Cuban 1 billion for and NEVER using the domain to do ANY THING ( go to and see what happens) Ok find some obsucre programmers ..... have them develop a game or app ... get it going ... ( who really KNOWS and VERIFY's how many so called users there are ) then you "buy " them out. Later the app or game is "dropped " by the public, ( all of that valuation goes up in smoke btw... how much is "worth" now ...right ? but HOW CARES? . But you got a way to cash out a nice chunk of your initial IPO windfall under the radar ... YOU can't sell 19 billion of your IPO value that quickly it raises alarm bells.. but "acquire " a company ? SURE good job guys....

Mar. 13 2014 11:51 AM

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