Running a Startup in the Face of Truly Unpredictable Adversity

It’s been a tough week in terms of losing visionary leaders.  First, the once-in-5-generations Steve Jobs passed away. His example as a leader, game-changer, and absolute militant for design and creation has impacted billions of human lives.

But today, Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz has a great post about running a startup in the face of truly unpredictable adversities.  He recounts a story about Bill Parcells seeking council from his mentor Al Davis. Parcells had called Al Davis to get advice during a season in which so many of the players on his NY Giants squad were out with injuries. Davis told Parcells, ““Bill, nobody cares, just coach your team.”  Al Davis passed away today, and his impact and advice lives on.