Ben Horowitz

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Ben Horowitz. 2010.

Ben Horowitz (born June 13, 1966) is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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