The hard thing about good books that they are hard to follow but this book is an easy read on hard things.
I liked the writing style and you feel automatically connected. This book prepares you for the real business scenarios and gives you opportunity to think like a CEO. Also you connect emotionally as writer has very well explained the pain and struggle of a CEO.
The life of a CEO is all about struggle and struggle has no mercy.
Overall this is a good book and I would recommend to any one from the business / startup world.
Whatever his corporate/technology skills, Ben is no Gladwell or Moore. Expect no epiphanies here. The book is an endless recital of Ben's life and corporate experiences, written in an insipid humble-bragging style, with no insights that cannot be found in a dot com trade journal. You will do better to find a book with a little more substance.
The author wants to convey the unvarnished "truth" about the hard problems that crop up on entrepreneurial journeys. The author also suggests his solutions to those hard problems, while acknowledging that there are no easy answers. But I am not sure if the unvarnished focus on the problems of being an entrepreneur helps or deters a beginning entrepreneur. Warning new entrepreneurs of the imminent dangers on entrepreneurial journeys by someone who has gone before seems like a perfectly logical thing to do. However, my own view is that personal life journeys are personal, not generalizable. Nobody knows how their own journey through a venture (or life) is going to be like. Your problems, and solutions to those problems, may very well differ from those of others who have gone before you in different times, places and environments. And that's where I feel that the book's focus on the difficulties of being an entrepreneur is not a very helpful way of looking at entrepreneurship. Perhaps I will build a better appreciation of this book as my own entrepreneurial journey unfolds.
I would like to clarify that there is nothing "wrong" with the material in this book, or the author's viewpoints. In fact, I would recommend watching some of the videos of Ben Horowitz on Youtube. They are informative, enjoyable, and deal with the hard aspects of entrepreneurship. But I am not sure if this book did something positive for me. And I am not sure if it would help a first time entrepreneur who is at the beginning of the journey. But then, it just might. Your situation might benefit from some of the advice herein.