3 New Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Leadership is a learned skill, not a natural attribute. And like with any skill, you can always learn more--about how to handle conflicts with investors, deal with employees demanding more pay, or handle a PR nightmare. Here are several new leadership books that offer sage advice from other leaders who have lived through the same challenges you might face in business.

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Innovation Myths and the Unsexy Truths About Breakthroughs

Ben Horowitz doesn't like good ideas. He's heard plenty of them as a partner at venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. 

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Ben Horowitz to Startup CEOs: This Won't Be Easy

Ben Horowitz minces few words in his new book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When 
There Are No Easy Answers. As the title 
suggests, it’s no roundup of feel-good 
stories about passion and vision. Instead, Horowitz, who is co-founder of the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and the software company Loudcloud (later Ops-ware), offers blunt advice on surviving the rough stuff startup life dishes out. He spoke recently with Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan.

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Are Happy CEOs Most Likely To Be Efficient And Effective?

What do you think is the primary objective of our lives and careers? A study by the Free University of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano in Italy found that that happy people outperformed their stressed counterparts and were more-efficient employees. How would you describe the relationship between success and happiness?

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Secrets of the CEO Whisperer

Ben Horowitz claims that he’s made every leadership mistake in the book—and that is precisely why he’s qualified to advise startup-company founders on running and managing brand-new enterprises.

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Experts share insider tips on fine-tuning short business plans

Keep it simple. Tell a story. Make every word count. A strong management team is important, and so is a realistic financial picture.

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From hip-hop hopeful to tech management expert

Venture capitalist Ben Horowitz is hailed as a Silicon Valley sage today, but he wanted to be a hip-hop hero when he was in college.

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How to end the tech culture wars: Ben Horowitz on the future of the Internet economy

I don’t normally review books on business management. It’s not an area that either I or — I’m just guessing — the typical Salon reader is particularly interested in. But when a PR person representing venture capitalist Ben Horowitz contacted me to see if I was interested in an interview with the author of “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers,” I jumped at the chance.

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Super Investor Ben Horowitz on Abandoning Your Formulas for Success

When I ask Ben Horowitz where he gets his understanding of business, he answers cheerfully: "Pain."

"I would make a mistake," the Andreessen Horowitz partner says, "and it would just cause a horrific consequence."

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Tech Money Man's Lessons

Drawing on his experience with his own start-up tech firm, as well as investing in companies like Airbnb, Foursquare, Gilt, Pinterest and Twitter, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of the tech venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers(HarperBusiness, 2014), shares his lessons on how to make the tough calls in running a new business, and also mixes in some rap lyrics.

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