Founders

#41 Ben Horowitz (The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers)

Episode Summary

What I learned from reading The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz.

Episode Notes

What I learned from reading The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz.

There's no recipe for complicated, dynamic situations (0:01), Meeting Marc Andreessen (8:30), The co-founder relationship between Marc and Ben (11:00), How they came up with the idea for Loudcloud (Opsware) / A business is just an idea that will make someone's life better. —Richard Branson (13:45), Ben finds value by asking the question: What would I do if we went bankrupt? (21:05), Sell the wrong product to find the right one (22:30), Saving a $20 million a year customer by buying a $10 million company (23:16), Do not play the odds (27:27), Discount praise. Focus on what can be fixed (28:32), Why training is so important (compounding effect) (31:20), Difference between large company executives and founders (32:00), Why it is a good idea to collect good ideas (34:00), Determination is more important than intelligence (35:30), Your culture should be unique / Using shock to create behavioral change (38:24), There is no founder school (40:30), Perseverance is more important than intelligence (41:01), Copy from great founders (46:50)

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