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Startups Are Hard: Keeping It Real With Ben Horowitz

  • Apr 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This event is limited to 100 people and each will receive a copy of Ben's new book! 


Tickets can be purchased here at a higher price of course! 

They say success leaves clues, but it is up to you to identify those clues and execute on them. We all know execution is the hardest part of running a successful business. 

We got you covered on the identification portion. This month we host Ben Horowitz who is an investor, entrepreneur and now author of "The Hard Thing About Hard Things." 

Not to mention he is a big fan of Hip Hop, yeah that was him in The Tanning of America with Steve Stoute! 

Many know Ben for his work with the Prominent VC firm Andreessen Horowitz aka a16z, which he cofounded with Marc Andreessen. Ben has been able to use his experience as an investor by funding companies like RapGenius, airbnb, facebook and so many more.

Besides building and then selling Opsware for $1.6 billion to Hewlett-Packard, Ben has coached and learned from some of the brightest entrepreneurs of our generation.

Ben brings those lessons to our community as we learn how to "Build A Business When There Are No Easy Answers!" 

Don't miss your chance to #bossUP with one of the best and get answers to real questions. 

Besides dropping gems about the come up, Ben will also cover:

- How Hip Hop has inspired his hustle

- Lessons on building leadership skills

- Having real conversations with investors

- Growing your team and managing the growth

- How not to punch the wall out of frustration 

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About The Phat Startup 

Join us to discuss Technology Entrepreneurship and how Hip Hop has inspired founders to start businesses. We bring together thought leaders from various industries so you can learn what it takes to be successful in business. By sharing the knowledge we have all obtained, we can create an ecosystem that could provide value for everyone. We do so via The Phat Startup website.

At our events you will be able to learn from successful entrepreneurs, network with fellow Hip Hop enthusiast, and discuss strategies that can assist others while building their businesses.  

Co-Hosted with AlleyNYC 

AlleyNYC is a 16,000 square ft. entrepreneurial hub located in Midtown Manhattan. Our aim is to help our startups bridge the gap between their innovative ideas and stable business establishment. This is where human talent, ingenuity, and sourcing capital come together. 

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7:00 - 8:00 PM Light refreshments, Pizza 

8:00 - 9:00 PM 40 Minute interactive conversation followed by a 20 minute Q&A

9:00 - 9:30 PM Wrap up, more networking


We get it, things happen. We will refund or reassign your ticket for you as long as you let us know early on (5 days before event). Day of cancellations will not be honored.

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  • Glenn J.

    #bossup event! James, Anthony -- fantastic meet up! Ben was awesome and Felicia was very gracious. Great guest speakers and Fab 5 Freddy in the house!!

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • James L.

      Thanks for the love Glen and congrats once again #bossup

      April 18, 2014

  • Sean P.

    Really cool event, great people. Good meeting everyone

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • James L.

      Thanks for coming out and supporting the movement!!!! #bossup

      April 18, 2014

  • Courtney

    Thank you for the great event tonight! Ben was hilarious - and what an unexpected answer to my question. The Black Jacobins would've been so off my radar had I not asked. And the on-the-spot pitches before Ben arrived were such a bonus. Looking forward to the next meetup! -Courtney

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • James L.

      Thank you for the love Courtney!!!! We had a blast and can't wait till the next one. Details later this week

      April 16, 2014

  • Carlos D.

    Was my first time at the Alley. Ben is and was awesome. An inspirational evening. Next time can we not start on CP time???

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • James L.

      Thanks for coming, what's cp time?

      April 16, 2014

  • Jesse L.

    Bought my ticket without realizing the event fell second night of passover. First come first serve for my now available ticket. You will be blown away by Ben! Had the pleasure of hearing him speak earlier this year. Truly bummed about this but psyched to help someone else out.

    April 12, 2014

    • Jesse L.

      Hi Carlos, sorry it went quickly.

      1 · April 14, 2014

    • Carlos D.

      Thanks. The waitlist moved. I loved the book!!!

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone looking to sell a spare ticket? -->[masked]

    April 14, 2014

  • Andres T.

    Is there anyway to still get tickets? Anyone who has a spare of changed his/her mind, I'll take them!

    April 9, 2014

    • James L.

      will have a waiting list just in case

      April 10, 2014

    • Andres T.


      April 10, 2014

  • Lukas H.

    hi, what is the best way in order to get 1 of the 2 late bird tickets..I just came over from Dublin :)

    March 30, 2014

    • James L.

      Hey Lukas, not sure if we are opening any more spots. How ever you can try to attend as a volunteer­teer

      April 2, 2014

  • Jesse L.

    Get ready for a rap / classic hip-hop education!

    1 · March 13, 2014

    • James L.

      Thanks for the support Jesse. Get those questions ready. #bossup

      March 13, 2014

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