Why Star Silicon Valley Investor Ben Horowitz Is Obsessed With Hip Hop Music

Business InsiderIf you’ve ever read Ben Horowitz’s blog, you know his posts often begin with a few lines from a rap song.

Horowitz is a partner at top Silicon Valley venture capitalist firm, Andreessen Horowitz. He’s frequently seen hanging with celebrities like Kanye West and he led an investment in Hip Hop annotation site Rap Genius.

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When Ben Met Marc

Recode logoOne day, while working at Lotus, one of my coworkers showed me a new product called Mosaic, which was developed by some students at the University of Illinois. Mosaic was essentially a graphical interface to the Internet — a technology formerly only used by scientists and researchers. It amazed me. It was so obviously the future, and I was so obviously wasting my time working on anything but the Internet.

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Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz On How Painful It Can Be To Run A Business

Ben Horowitz is considered a legend in the tech and venture capital communities and has an extensive track record of success as an investor. But the story and drama of his company nearly going out of business — and how he was able to salvage it and sell it to Hewlett-Packard in 2007 — is a bullet point often skipped in the collective memory of Silicon Valley.

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Hip-hop venture capitalist raps in management book

AP logoVenture 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. 

That explains why Horowitz's new business-building book dispenses management tips with the blunt force of a swaggering rapper rhyming about the harsh reality of life in a poor neighborhood.

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MC Tic Toc (aka VC Ben Horowitz) drops his rap playlist, gets props from Nas

Influential venture investor Ben Horowitzisn't a Silicon Valley rap-music dilettante, his rapper friend Nas says.

"He'll school you about it. Ben schools me about hip-hop, and I know a lot about it,"Nas told Fortune. "What you see is what you get from Ben."

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Hip-Hop Horowitz and Boxing Ben — How to Sell a Book Silicon Valley Style

Well-known venture capitalist Ben Horowitz has a book out, and he is attacking its flacking like he has a startup that needs to become famous, stat.

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The rapper and the venture capitalist

Ben Horowitz, co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of rap and hip-hop music. He has spoken at Harvard's Hiphop Archive and Research Institute about the connection between rap culture and entrepreneurship. Horowitz, a frequent blogger, peppers his posts with quotes from Rakim, Jay-Z, Drake, and Nas, who has become a friend. Nas, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, recently spoke withFortune senior writer Miguel Helft about their seemingly unlikely kinship. 

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Ben Horowitz, The New 'CEO Whisperer,' Offers Advice On Tough Issues Like How To Fire Your Friends

In five short years, the venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz has become an outrageously powerful investment firm, raising $2.7 billion and backing such names as Airbnb, Box, Fab, Facebook, Foursquare, Pinterest, Skype and Twitter, to name a few.

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How to Deal With the Brilliant Jerks You Work With

The great football coach John Madden was once asked whether he would tolerate a player like Terrell Owens on his team. Owens was both one ofthe most talented players in the game and one of the biggest jerks.

Madden answered, “If you hold the bus for everyone on the team, then you’ll be so late you’ll miss the game, so you can’t do that. The bus must leave on time. However, sometimes you’ll have a player that’s so good that you hold the bus for him, but only him.”

So when do you hold the bus?

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Ben Horowitz won't get rich(er) off new book: He's donating proceeds to end abuse of women

Venture capitalist Ben Horowitz yesterday said he will donate all the money from his book that publishes next week to a fund that will combat the abuse of women around the world.

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