Ben Horowitz (born June 13, 1966) is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author.
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- By far the most difficult skill I learned as a C.E.O. was the ability to manage my own psychology. Organizational design, process design, metrics, hiring and firing were all relatively straightforward skills to master compared with keeping my mind in check.
- Ben Horowitz, "What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology," at bhorowitz.com, March 31, 2011.
- In life, everybody faces choices between doing what's popular, easy, and wrong vs. doing what's lonely, difficult, and right. These decisions intensify when you run a company, because the consequences get magnified 1,000 fold. As in life, the excuses for CEOs making the wrong choice are always plentiful.
- Ben Horowitz, "The Fine Line Between Fear and Courage," at bhorowitz.com, August 07, 2011.
- It helps to have founded and run a company if you're going to help somebody run a company who is a founder.
- Ben Horowitz in: Ben Parr, "VC Ben Horowitz Says Founders Make Best Startup CEOs," at mashable.com, 2011/10/18
- The important thing about mobile is, everybody has a computer in their pocket. The implications of so many people connected to the Internet all the time from the standpoint of education is incredible.
- Ben Horowitz in: Maria Bartiromo, "Maria Bartiromo interviews tech investor Ben Horowitz," for USA TODAY, 2/20/2012.
- Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly. If you are CEO, these choices will lead to a courageous or cowardly company.
- Fortune: "Ben Horowitz: There's a fine line between fear and courage" (5 August 2011)
- Note to self: It's a good idea to ask, 'What am I not doing?'
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (2014)
- Following conventional wisdom and relying on shortcuts can be worse than knowing nothing at all.
- Forbes: "5 Obstacles That Inspired Me To Innovate" (28 June 2018)