Ben Horrowitz Curated

Co-founder, Andreessen Horowitz

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  • How do you compare Jim Clarke to other CEOs?

  • If you see entrepreneurs like Jim Clarke, do you back them or don’t?

  • Did you know Steve Jobs well?

  • What was your thought process like when you decided to jump into Netscape?

  • What was the motivation behind the title of your book?

  • What’s the key to building culture in your business?

  • What’s your advice for students?

  • What would you advise students- join a startup or go for a big company ?

  • How is your experience as an investor different from the years as an entrepreneur?

  • What advice would you give to the next wave of bio technology entrepreneurs?

  • Tell us about your meeting with Marc when you decided to brand your firm?

  • What motivated you to get into venture capital investing?

  • What are the pros and cons of accelerators?

  • How to select co founders and how to deal with them?

  • How should a founder think if it is the time for him to step down and take up adifferent role?

  • What does a meeting with you and Marc look like?

  • How did you get into hip hop?

  • What are some underestimated skills in entrepreneurship?

  • What was your most important learning from Columbia University?

  • How do you get along with other venture capitalists?

  • Did you imagine you’d be managing 5 Billion dollars?

  • What’s your view about following one’s passion?

  • What kept you going when everyone thought that its not working?

  • Why do you think leverage is important?

  • Why do you want to give away half of your money to charity?

  • How did Berkley influence your entrepreneurial bent?

  • How did you come up with the book “Hard things about hard things”?

  • What did you study at Columbia?

  • What skills students should learn?

  • Is it as beneficial to work in a big company after graduation today as it was earlier?

  • How did you come up with the title of your book?

  • Is there a difference between the skills required to start a business and that to scale it up?

  • Why did you and Marc start a VC firm in 2009?

  • What happens when you disagree with your co founder?

  • Who were your influencers when you were at Silicon Graphics and Netscape?

  • What advice do you have for entrepreneurs who are deciding to go public?

  • How did you laid your employees off?

  • Is there a point where too much honesty is bad for a company?

  • Will your book have a sequel?

  • How did you decide to create A16Z?

  • You talk about “softwares eating the world”. What do you mean?

  • How do you think a company should be built?

  • How do you train your employees to get better?

  • What did you learn from the Loudcloud IPO saga?

  • How to hire personnel?

  • What kind of advisors do the new entrepreneurs should have?

  • How to pick board members?

  • What should be the role of angel investors?

  • What are your thoughts on firing and layoffs?

  • How is fear driving your career and life?

  • What is peacetime CEOs and wartime CEOs?

  • What’s your advise to a CEO of a mature company who sees a disruption coming but is’t sure what to do?

  • How is technology affecting society?

  • How are entrepreneurs of today who have massive information different from those in earlier times?

  • What is Andreessen Horowitz doing to improve diversity in the companies they invest in?

  • What’s been your biggest surprise since you wrote the book “Hard things about the hard things”?

  • What do you think was the commonality in the lessons that resonated with people after reading your book?

  • What is he thing that you’d change in your book?