I chatted with Andreessen Horowitz's colorful co-founder on the occasion of the publication of his first book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things:
You once faced an employee revolt over how much you’ve cursed at the office. Are you cursing less these days?
What do you think, Grace?
Grace Ellis, Andreessen Horowitz public relations: No.
Horowitz: Opsware was just a blue streak. You know, I’m a huge believer in clarity. As long as people are clear on what they need to do and what’s going on, you’re very likely to succeed. When nobody is clear, then you’re guaranteed to fail. And profanity helps clarity. Or at least, I haven’t found a better way to get to clarity. If I have one skill as a manager, I can make things extremely clear.