Ben Horowitz on How to Create Culture and Start Successful Revolutions

# Brace yourself for the main event
#Name a rapper (VC) that I ain't influenced! 

Before Ben Horowitz, co-founder of the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz’s, keynote at Startup Grind 2017 to close out a packed first day, the rapper Nas's Ether lyrics were made real when, in a morning VC session, GGV Capital's Jeff Richards cited Horowitz's book The Hard Thing About Hard Things for inspiring investors like him to change their mindsets towards being more empathic about the hard work that founders do and go through. For Jeff, that meant going those extra miles to help a founder secure a mortgage so that the founder had one less thing to worry about.

In his session, Horowitz arrived on stage wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian slave who led the only successful revolution in the history of slavery, with the words “General of Rebellion” emblazoned underneath. He provided the context he’d asked his friends, Admiral John Richardson of the US Navy and Shaka Senghor who’d been in prison for nineteen years and given a TED Talk about his experiences, for their definitions of culture and why it matters.





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