Douglas Magazine’s Book Giveaway

Win a copy of The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Ben gives advice on how to build and run a startup in the real world,” says this month’s guest editor Sam Mod, co-founder and CEO of FreshWorks Studio, of his recommendation. “He gives advice on things that school just doesn’t seem to go over, like how to analyze problems and find solutions, or how difficult running a business actually is.”

About the book: Ben Horowitz sold the cloud services company he built through the 90s and 00s to Hewlett-Packard and went on to create one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capital firms with Netscape founder Marc Andreessen. His frank advice is that building a business is thrilling but hard work. He recommends that businesses take care of their employees first, and by doing this well, the quality of products and profits will follow. The second insight Horowitz emphasizes is the importance for leaders to take care of their own psychological well being. His blunt advice will resonate with entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders. “Ideally,”says Horowitz, “the CEO will be urgent yet not insane.”