Quotes by: Ben Horowitz

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Ben Horowitz
Horowitz at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on May 24, 2010
Born (1966-06-13) June 13, 1966 (age 50)
London, England
Residence Silicon Valley, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University (B.A.)
UCLA (M.S.)
Occupation Co-Founder of Opsware and Andreessen Horowitz
Spouse(s) Felicia Wiley Horowitz[1][2][3]
Children 3

As a company gets big, the information that informs decision-making gets massive. Depending upon the prism through which you view the business, your perspective will vary. If two people are in charge, this variance will cause conflict and delay.
Ben Horowitz
I think when companies are struggling, they don't want to talk to the press. The guys who write business books aren't interested in it because nobody wants to learn what it's like to be a mess, you want to learn how to be successful. That's slanted the whole thing quite a bit.
Ben Horowitz
It is very helpful to me, in my job, for people to know me better. A lot of that is, it's a communication job.
Ben Horowitz
Big companies have trouble with innovation. Innovation is about bad ideas, or ideas that look like bad ideas. That's the fundamental thing.
Ben Horowitz
As companies move to web-based computing they get a lot more servers, which are difficult to manage and control. All kinds of problems can arise - security, quality and worms.
Ben Horowitz
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
The hardest thing about starting a company and running a company is, there's just so many expectations on you, and there are so many people who have things that they want you to do. It's a lot like life about that.
Ben Horowitz
In my own experience as a C.E.O., I would find myself laying awake at 3 A.M. asking questions about my business, and there weren't management books out there that could help me.
Ben Horowitz
The first rule of the C.E.O. psychological meltdown is 'Don't talk about the psychological meltdown.'
Ben Horowitz
Going public today is fraught with peril on many levels. One is earnings guidance. If you miss guidance, the stock price becomes very volatile. Short sellers can put a tremendous downward pressure on the stock.
Ben Horowitz
Most books on management are written by management consultants, and they study successful companies after they've succeeded, so they only hear winning stories.
Ben Horowitz
When the value of the company clearly has fallen below what its assets are worth, having a shareholder who says, 'Let's get a better board' can be helpful.
Ben Horowitz
I was an executive running a pretty substantial group before becoming CEO, and I had no idea what it was like. When something goes wrong, people say, 'It's all your fault.' Your reaction is, 'It's not my fault.' But what do you mean? I was the founder, I hired everybody in the company, I was managing it.
Ben Horowitz
Most companies that go through layoffs are never the same. They don't recover because trust is broken. And if you're not honest at the point where you're breaking trust anyway, you will never recover.
Ben Horowitz
In order to build a great technology company, you have to hire lots of incredibly smart people. It's a total waste to have lots of big brains but not let them work on your biggest problems.
Ben Horowitz
Shareholder activism works when activists understand something about the characteristics of the business that the board doesn't.
Ben Horowitz
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
With communication technology in general, there's a kind of certain critical mass of people. Once you get to 15% of the world's entire population using one communication technology, that's a big deal. It's beyond the theoretical at this point. The people who think it's a fad have probably not been paying that much attention.
Ben Horowitz
The big value of the founder running the company is really two things: the knowledge and the commitment.
Ben Horowitz
In my experience as CEO, I found that the most important decisions tested my courage far more than my intelligence.
Ben Horowitz
Hire sales people who are really smart problem solvers, but lack courage, hunger and competitiveness, and your company will go out of business.
Ben Horowitz
I do think a lot of people are trying to do important things still, and I think it is really a great thing that entrepreneurship is getting easier. When I started, it was just much harder to begin a company.
Ben Horowitz
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