Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz is the cofounder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next generation of leading technology companies. The firm's investments include Airbnb, GitHub, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Previously, he was cofounder and CEO of Opsware, formerly Loudcloud, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007. Horowitz writes about his experiences and insights from his career as a computer science student, software engineer, cofounder, CEO, and investor in a blog that is read by nearly 10 million people. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Fortune, the Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others. Horowitz lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Felicia.

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Good Product Managers vs. Bad Product Managers

Good product managers know the market, the product, the product line, and the competition extremely well and operate from a strong basis of…

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A Great HR Organization

Everyone in the technology industry seems to agree that people are paramount, yet nobody seems to be on the same page with what the people…

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Giving Feedback

Being CEO requires lots of unnatural motion. From an evolutionary standpoint, it is natural to do things that make people like you. It…

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Hiring from a Friend's Company

Every good technology company needs great people. The best companies invest time, money, and seat equity into becoming world-class…

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One-on-Ones

Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture for her company…

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Peacetime CEO vs. Wartime CEO

Peacetime in business means those times when a company has a large advantage over the competition in its core market, and its market is…

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The Right Way to Lay People Off

Layoff tend to break a company’s culture. After seeing their friends laid off, most employees are no longer willing to make the requisite…

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Three Traits of Leadership

There is no prototype for the perfect CEO. Radically different styles—think Steve Jobs, Bill Campbell, and Andy Grove—can all lead to great…

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Why It's Imperative to Tell it Like it is

One of the most important management lessons for a founder/CEO is totally unintuitive—stop being too positive. Young CEOs think that they…

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A Good Place To Work

“We take care of the people, the products, and the profits—in that order.” It’s a simple saying, but it’s deep. “Taking care of the people…

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The Accountability vs. Creativity Paradox

A software engineer identifies a weakness in your current product architecture that will significantly impair its ability to scale down the…

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Why It's Hard to Bring Big Company Execs Into Little Companies

So you’ve achieved product market fit and you are ready to start building the company. The board encourages you to bring in some “been there…

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CEO Evaluation

No position in a company is more important than the CEO and, as a result, no job gets more scrutiny. The job is so poorly defined that you…

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How to Minimize Politics

Political behavior almost always starts with the CEO. Now you may be thinking, “I hate politics, I’m not political, but my organization is…

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Preparing to Fire an Executive

When you recruit an executive, you paint a beautiful picture of her future in your company. You describe in great depth and in vibrant color…

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Programming Your Culture

The primary thing that any technology startup must do is build a product that’s at least ten times better at doing something than the…

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Hiring Executives

The biggest difference between being a great functional manager and being a great general manager—and particularly a great CEO—is that as a…

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Scaling a Company

If you want to build an important company, then at some point you have to scale. People in startup land often talk about the magic of how…

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The Accountability vs. Creativity Paradox

At startups, employees often don’t have job titles. This makes sense, because everybody is just working to build the company. Roles needn’t…

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Why You Should Train Your People

People at McDonald’s get trained for their positions, but people with far more complicated jobs don’t. It makes no sense. Would you want to…

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Creating a Great Culture

Culture isn’t a magical set of rules that makes everyone behave the way you’d like. It’s a system of behaviors that you hope most people…

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