There’s no formula
Hailed as one of the start-up bibles, this classic on how to build a business does indeed hold great lessons. Horowitz manages to avoid most of the worn-off cliches on the need for excellent leadership and relentless focus, and instead shows the more brutal side of building out an idea. This is due to his own experience as entrepreneur. He has lived the life himself: from failure to multi-million dollar success.
He talks about there being no rules, that having character really makes the difference, and that a leader has to lead even when he doesn’t know where’s going. The chapter on how to stay great is one of the best.
And next to being streetwise, Ben Horowitz is a funny guy. At least in his writing.