The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Essential advice on building and running a startup


Jonathan Li 李晓帆
@jonli · Associate, Brinc.io
If you are a CEO, aspire to be a CEO, or really, manage anyone - you need to read this book. A classic and centrepiece on a startups bookshelf.
Martin Skakala
@mskakala · Founder & CEO WakesApp.com
@jonli @josuegio - This is my favourite book (top 5, I would say). There is so few books written actually about being it really hard, and not knowing what you are doing being the norm. Alongside the personal psychology of the founder(s). There is maybe one similar book by Andy Grove - Only Paranoid Survive (shortly said - your company is or will be under con… See more
Emily Hodgins
@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
During his LIVE Chat, @timoreilly described this book; "might just be the most compelling business book I've ever read." You can find Tim's full list of recent book recommendations here: https://www.producthunt.com/live...
Josue Gio
@josuegio · Fan at Roomino.com
Holy moly! This is one of my top 10 books. Ben Horowitz is a real storyteller. I do not think that there is another name for this book, is all about that title. The idea of a Wartime CEO or a Peacetime CEO is super insightful.
Eliot Peper
@eliotpeper · author
The best business book I've read in a long time. Ben is a legendary operator. He founded, built, and sold Opsware. Then he partnered with Marc Andreessen to cofound one of the most successful venture capital firms in recent history, investing in Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter, GitHub, Pinterest, etc. The book is a practical, actionable, personal guide to the cons… See more