How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business

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Dave Hitz likes to solve fun problems. He didn’t set out to be a Silicon Valley icon, a business visionary, or even a billionaire. But he became all three. It turns out that business is a mosaic of interesting puzzles like managing risk, developing and reversing strategies, and looking into the future by deconstructing the past.

As a founder of NetApp, a data storage firm that began as an idea scribbled on a placemat and now takes in $4 billion a year, Hitz has seen his company go through every major cycle in business—from the Jack-of-All-Trades mentality of a start-up, through the tumultuous period of the IPO and the dot-com bust, and finally to a mature enterprise company. NetApp is one of the fastest-growing computer companies ever, and for six years in a row it has been on Fortune magazine’s list of Best Companies to Work For. Not bad for a high school dropout who began his business career selling his blood for money and typing the names of diseases onto index cards.

With colorful examples and anecdotes, How to Castrate a Bull is a story for everyone interested in understanding business, the reasons why companies succeed and fail, and how powerful lessons often come from strange and unexpected places.

Dave Hitz co-founded NetApp in 1992 with James Lau and Michael Malcolm. He served as a programmer, marketing evangelist, technical architect, and vice president of engineering. Presently, he is responsible for future strategy and direction for the company. Before his career in Silicon Valley, Dave worked as a cowboy, where he got valuable management experience by herding, branding, and castrating cattle.

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How to Castrate a Bull

Dave Hitz didn't set out to be a Silicon Valley icon, a business visionary, or even a billionaire, but he became all three. Perhaps it's because he likes to solve fun puzzles. Somewhere along the way, Hitz discovered that business is a mosaic of fascinating puzzles that involve managing risk, developing and reversing strategies, and looking into the future by deconstructing the past.

Filled with colorful examples and anecdotes, Dave Hitz's autobiographical book, How to Castrate a Bull, is a story for anyone interested in understanding business, the reasons why companies succeed and fail, and how powerful lessons often come from strange and unexpected places—even from the open range. Before his career in Silicon Valley, Dave worked as a cowboy, where he got valuable management experience by herding, branding, and castrating cattle.

As a founder of NetApp, a data storage and management firm that began as an idea scribbled on a placemat and now takes in $4 billion a year, Dave has seen his company go through every major cycle in business—from the jack-of-all-trades mentality of a start-up, through the tumultuous period of the dot-com boom and bust, and finally to a mature enterprise. NetApp is one of the fastest-growing computer companies ever, and for six years in a row it has been on Fortune magazine's list of Best Companies to Work For. Not bad for a high school dropout who began his business career selling his blood for money and typing the names of diseases onto index cards.

Written for anyone who wants to know what it takes to succeed in today's volatile marketplace, How to Castrate a Bull relates not only what lessons Dave Hitz has learned in the course of his remarkable life but more important how he learned them.

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"Dave Hitz brings a colorful, refractive prism to the views of CEO success. His work is a unique—and delightful—look at how successful CEOs should manage risk, deal with failure, and conceive success."
—Bill McDermott president and CEO, global f ield operations, and executive board member, SAP AG

"This is the real inside story of a one-in-a-billion, against-all-odds success that will prove to be a classic 'how to' book for generations to come. The overt and covert lessons are astounding, and a superb contradiction to today's endless tales of corporate dirtbags. Hitz has proven that good guys can win—without the need to lie, cheat, and steal. If there has ever been a better example of a cohesive management team than NetApp, I don't know what it is."
—Steve Duplessie founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

"Engaging and insightful. Hitz brings to life the behind-the-scenes dynamics of a high-growth technology company. A must-read for tech company executives."
—Warren Adelman president and COO, GoDaddy.com

"An authentic and witty chronicle of an iconic Silicon Valley company, covering all aspects of starting and growing a successful enterprise. Filled with important and useful information delivered with insight and humor, with clear prose and memorable stories to illustrate key lessons for anyone interested in starting a company or understanding how Silicon Valley really works."
—Chuck Holloway Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Professor of Management, emeritus, and co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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