The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz – A Must Read

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz is a great read. Ben Horowitz is the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs offers essential advice on building and running a startup. The ’Hard Thing About Hard Things’ is not an autobiography and as the title suggests, hard things are hard. Ben talks about persistence and trusting your gut instincts.

He offers insights into hiring his ace salesman Marc Cranney when the board thought he was not the right choice. This paid great dividends. Successful sales is a result of everyone’s work. CEOs should spend a lot of time on hiring and ensure the hiring process set forth by the company constantly brings in the best people. Great CEO’s constantly assessed if they continue to bring in the best people and team on board. read more

Organizing the Un-Organized – OLA AUTO

A couple of years ago, I was naive to think that the auto (three wheeler travel vehicle in India – used similar to a taxi at a lower rate for passengers) would be non-existent in a few years and the drivers would move on. I was wondering why the drivers who are adept at driving autos are not moving to driving cars as it would be a natural progression.  The problems for autos were plenty:

  • The prices were not regulated.
  • When you talk to a driver, you never know if he would accept your request based on your destination.
  • If the destination is a fit, price does not match and there is a 3 minute bargain with the diver while the fuel in the auto gets wasted.
  • Once you accept the ride and get in, when the auto nears the destination the driver is upset that the location is far than what he had originally assumed.

The state tried its best at times to regulate the auto fares and sometimes they ignored for various reasons. The driver’s were not to be blamed because of the overhead costs they would have to pay when driving. Things were just not working out and it was a never ending story. read more