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Ben Horowitz

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  • Ben Horowitz is a venture capitalist and co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z).
  • Prior to A16Z, he co-founded and led an enterprise software company called Loudcloud, which later became Opsware and sold to HP for $1.6B.

Books by Ben Horowitz

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Quotes by Ben Horowitz

  • “Often any decision, even the wrong decision, is better than no decision.

  • “Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly. If you are CEO, these choices will lead to a courageous or cowardly company.”

  • “Nothing motivates a great employee more than a mission that’s so important that it supersedes everyone’s personal ambition.”

  • “Breakthrough ideas have traditionally been difficult to manage for two reasons: 1) innovative ideas fail far more than they succeed, and 2) innovative ideas are always controversial before they succeed. If everyone could instantly understand them, they wouldn’t be innovative.”

  • “Culture is not like a mission statement; you can’t just set it up and have it last forever. There’s a saying in the military that if you see something below standard and do nothing, then you’ve set a new standard. This is also true of culture—if you see something off-culture and ignore it, you’ve created a new culture.”

  • “Build a culture that rewards—not punishes—people for getting problems into the open where they can be solved.”

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Podcasts featuring Ben Horowitz

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