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The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

June 28, 2016
AUTHOR: Emilie
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I’ve been talking about this book since I started reading it. Holy cow is this one amazing. I got it as part of my birthday present and it is amazing. Frankly, I think this should be must-reading for every VFA fellow and anyone interested in startups and entrepreneurship. I would put this one right up there with Zero to One by Peter Thiel which I reviewed here.

As someone who works at a startup, I found it to be really enlightening. Obviously I’m not in the position to hire or fire an executive (the main focus of a chapter of the book), but it was extremely insightful for what that might look or feel like. There’s a section on job titles, which is something I’ve really been struggling with lately, and reading it helped me understand my own feelings! If you’re into startups/business/tech/entrepreneurship/VC-funding, pick this one up because you’ll breeze right through it. It’s even hard to put it down.


Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.