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

Paperback | March 7, 2017

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An instant New York Times bestseller, Dan Lyons' "hysterical" (Kara Swisher, Recode) and "wildly entertaining" (Ashlee Vance) memoir, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "the best book about Silicon Valley," takes readers inside the maddening world of fad-chasing venture capitalists, sales bros, social climbers and sociopaths at today's tech startups.

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 at Newsweek told 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."
Dan Lyons is a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and public speaker. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of the Emmy-winning HBO series Silicon Valley. Previously, Lyons was technology editor at Newsweek and the creator of the groundbreaking viral blog "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs" (AKA "Fake Steve Jobs"). Lyons has wri...
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Title:Disrupted: My Misadventure In The Start-up BubbleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316306096

ISBN - 13:9780316306096

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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