Disrupted: My Misadventure In The Start-up Bubble by Dan LyonsDisrupted: My Misadventure In The Start-up Bubble by Dan Lyons

Disrupted: My Misadventure In The Start-up Bubble

byDan Lyons

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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"Disruptedby Dan Lyons is the best book about Silicon Valley today."--Los Angeles Times

"Hysterical."--Kara Swisher, Recode

"Wildly entertaining."--Ashlee Vance,New York Times-bestselling author ofElon Musk

For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession--until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: Poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss atNewsweektold him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the vague role of "marketing fellow." What could go wrong?

HubSpotters were true believers: They were making the world a better place ... by selling email spam. The office vibe was frat house meets cult compound: The party began at four thirty on Friday and lasted well into the night; "shower pods" became hook-up dens; a push-up club met at noon in the lobby, while nearby, in the "content factory," Nerf gun fights raged. Groups went on "walking meetings," and Dan's absentee boss sent cryptic emails about employees who had "graduated" (read: been fired). In the middle of all this was Dan, exactly twice the age of the average HubSpot employee, and literally old enough to be the father of most of his co-workers, sitting at his desk on his bouncy-ball "chair."

Mixed in with Lyons's uproarious tale of his rise and fall at Hubspot is a trenchant analysis of the start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them, a world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to reach an IPO and cash out.

With a cast of characters that includes devilish angel investors, fad-chasing venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and "wantrapreneurs," bloggers and brogrammers, social climbers and sociopaths,Disruptedis a gripping and definitive account of life in the (second) tech bubble.
Dan Lyonsis a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter. He is currently a co-producer and -writer for the HBO seriesSilicon Valley. Previously, Lyons was technology editor atNewsweekand the creator of the groundbreaking viral blog "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs" (AKA "Fake Steve Jobs"). Lyons has written for theNew York Times Magazine,G...
Title:Disrupted: My Misadventure In The Start-up BubbleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316306088

ISBN - 13:9780316306089

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining It's a really good read. Funny and insightful.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great voice, great story I love the show Silicon Valley, so when my boss lent me this book by Dan Lyons I couldn't pass it up. And I'm happy I didn't! Dan's obviously very funny, and he uses his humour to give an honest look into the smoke and mirrors of start-up tech companies in the United States. I work in marketing, and this reminded me to take things with a grain of salt. Interesting perspective of someone who's worked in the booming tech space.
Date published: 2017-04-26

Editorial Reviews

"[Lyons's] artful reporting from the inside makes for a funny and thoughtful account of the current culture surrounding technology startups. But in addition to entertainment, Lyons's book is also flush with analysis of those the entrepreneurs that founded these companies and the myriad firms that fund them."-The Atlantic