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Disrupted: Ludicrous Misadventures in the Tech Start-up Bubble Paperback – 6 Apr 2017
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Lyons finds the right company, if only for the raw material that he, a seasoned satirist, spins into gold... But the book is not just a chronicle of the tech bubble's silly quirks... Lyons uses the lens of his growing disillusionment to focus on a broader critique of Silicon Valley. Financial Times 'Simultaneously hilarious and terrifying' LA Times Wildly entertaining... Disrupted explores the ways in which many technology companies have come to fool the public and themselves. Lyons has injected a dose of sanity into a world gone mad. -- Ashlee Vance, Sunday Times bestselling author of Elon Musk 'Laugh-out-loud funny.' Newsweek Fun, compulsively readable and just might tell us something important about the hypocrisy and cult-like fervor inside today's technology giants. -- Brad Stone, Author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Scathingly funny ... Like the show Silicon Valley, Disrupted nails the workings of spastic, hypocritical, delusional tech culture. New York Post 'A hugely entertaining insider view of the vainglorious world of tech, yet it is also an important rumination on the values of our age.' Irish Times 'This humorous and well-crafted memoir is part of a proud literary tradition: the disgruntled ex-employee tell-all.' Harvard Business Review Dan Lyons goes deep inside a company that uses terms like 'world class marketing thought leaders' to show us how ridiculous, wasteful, and infantile tech start-ups like this can be. And best of all, Lyons does this with his trademark pejorative and hilarious tone. -- Author of Hatching Twitter
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This book gives what looks to me like a credible account of what is really going on in the process of creating tech start-ups in the US and carrying them through to IPO and beyond. What's odd is that this author seems not to have known much of this before going to work for one of these start-ups despite having been a well-established and successful journalist writing about exactly this industry.
He also writes convincingly about ageism in the industry and about the general cultish atmosphere in the company he joined and, very likely, others. But again, it is strange that he reports such surprise at all this. Did he really not know at all what to expect? Maybe, or maybe it's a technique for making us react more strongly to his narrative.Read more ›
I was in a similar position in a previous employment though not with such a big age gap between my colleagues and I in a U.S. company's European HQ here.
I got on pretty well with nearly all people I worked with but I did meet a fair share of (young) staff who seemed to take deep offence at faults or errors in their work being pointed out - not in a nasty way but simply to help them. At times the reactions were childlike!
Anyway, I would recommend this book as an entertaining read.
I enjoyed Silicon Valley and come see where some of the ideas have come from.
Some of us have been lucky enough to work for a Trotsky type boss so definitely feel for the author! But the experience always leads onto bigger and better careers.
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