Conventional wisdom says most startups need to be in Silicon Valley, started by young engineers around a sexy new idea, and backed by VC funding. But as Mikkel Svane reveals in Startupland, the story of founding Zendesk was anything but conventional.
The riveting story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 325 schools around the world, providing a roadmap for how to lead a successful and significant life, The Promise of a Pencil resonated with everyone from corporate executives to high school students. Debuting at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list, it became both an Amazon #1 Bestseller (selling out within 5 days of release) and the #1 bestselling book in the country for “What Corporate America is Reading.”
In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, edited and “coached” by Carlye Adler, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don’t cover. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.