Horowitz, No. 8 on our 100 Most Creative People in Business list, cofounded Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, which raised $2.7 billion in its first three years and backed Bump, Facebook, Foursquare, Groupon, Pinterest, Twitter, and Zynga--all without "adult supervision."
When a company starts to lose its major battles, the truth often becomes the first casualty. CEOs and employees work tirelessly to develop creative narratives that help them avoid dealing with the obvious facts--so if any of these phrases sound familiar, it's time to take a hard look at where your business is headed.
Every good technology company needs great people. The best companies invest time, money, and sweat equity into becoming world-class recruiting machines. But how far should you take your quest to build the world's greatest team?
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