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Last week at the PandoMonthly event Ben Horowitz was the main guest. He is one of the partners at Andreessen Horowitz, one of the big new VC firms in the Valley. Little history, Ben and Marc ran Netscape, and he has only a little pain left over from the battle with Microsoft in those days:). Their firm is kicking everybody’s behind with their model that gives companies not only money but also the infrastructure and network to become successful. Besides extremely smart he is also very down to earth and funny.

Some of my favorite quotes of the interview:

  • “If you don’t have winning product, it doesn’t matter how well your company is managed, you are done” – about founders being CEOs
  • “Even if you succeed, if you built a company that everybody hated working at, what have you done?”  – about bad management style
  • “Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time” – about the competition of Andreesen Horowitz and a Drake quote
  • “To me the piece sign is just the trigger and the middle finger” – about VC’s approaching him wit their fingers in the V-sign
  • “..If you don’t have courage you have no virtue because all these other virtues never get activated”
  • “Women tend to be more confrontational then men”
  • “The difference between a hero and a coward is not what you feel, you both feel terrified. It is what you do”
  • “CEO’s are not born, they are made”
And read this blog post that got also featured on Techcrunch about The Struggle.

And yes, Sarah sings way out of tune 🙂