How do you set up a successful tech-startup business?
How do you navigate the pitfalls?
What lessons can one learn from industry vanguards?
These are questions that Ben Horowitz, himself an industry vanguard, answers, and then some.
Ben has worked at Loudcloud, Netscape, Opsware and HP. He brings his experiences as a CEO and engages the reader in a dialogue about the hard things – Laying people off, selling your business, bankruptcy, work culture etc.
He reminisces on his past decisions while simultaneously casting insightful projections about the future in the tech business. All the way, he generously draws from his wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, CEO and now venture capitalist. The wins, the losses but more importantly, the lessons.
As he says in the book;
“There are no shortcuts to knowledge, especially knowledge gained from personal experience.”