The Ben Horowitz Story

 

You think you know someone because of where they’re at.  

But you don’t really know the real story until you dig deeper.
You see the success and the philosophy, but you don’t see the underpinnings that puts everything in context. 

On a larger timeline, you realize we’re all built from a culture that’s ever-shifting.

And the Ben Horwitz story is fascinating.  Not just the success, but his family, the era he grew up in, the communities that built the man. 

He’s got a family life that is rich in twists and turns; His grandfather and grandmother, both communists. 

His father involved with the black panthers, vocal against the Vietnam war and then… eventually becomes a Trump supporter, with hate for universities and believes Black Lives Matter is racist and “riot forming."

All of this while Ben grows up… marries a black woman and starts a tech company that eventually sells for $1.6 Billion.

So now him and his father have a somewhat tenuous relationship. His dad is outspoken, and Ben, learning to tone it down a bit.

“Sometimes people try to connect us on Twitter, which is always scary,” said Ben. “Someone will say, ‘Hey, aren’t you related to @horowitz39?’” 

That’s David (his dad’s) handle on Twitter, where he says things like “Obama is an American traitor” and “Hillary killed four Americans in Benghazi.” “I never reply,” Ben said.


We see individuals but we forget families.

Even with the Trump’s it’s easy to forget about how they must have fought as kids. How Trump had a father who influenced his reasoning (and of course handed him a good amount of cash to get started). How no one has a clean family life. 

We can’t completely reject that which our upbringing has instilled, but we can redirect it.

And it seems that is what Ben has done. Although with family there is always some type of gravity trying to pull us toward the center.

So some follow in the family footsteps, some reject them, and some, like Ben, out-shine.
 

The Ben Horowitz Story

One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump