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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (6 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786491028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786491022
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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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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The definitive and hilarious New York Times bestselling exposé of a new age of excess in Silicon Valley

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On balance I am pleased to have read this book. The writing is fluent - as one should expect from an ex-journalist - and indeed the whole thing reads like a very long news article (but still a fairly short book). I think the reader needs to complement this by looking at some of the social media responses to it and, in particular the response "Undisrupted" on LinkedIn from Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah, who are the main targets of Dan Lyon's often harsh, but possibly not entirely unjustified criticism. Read it, look at the responses and comments, compare with your own experience and make up your own mind. There is also a rather strange aftermath, covered to some extent in the last chapter of this Kindle edition. Some of the people he worked with tried to stop the book and two or three of them took some unspecified action that resulted in their being dismissed from the company or (allegedly) reprimanded. Unavoidably we are left to speculate on the details. You can find more about it in news reports etc.

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.
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A really entertaining book that raises serious issues including; the culture of tech companies and the VCs that support them, the aggressive approach of such companies to employees, and the rampant greed that seems really detached from sensible, admirable values. It makes you think twice about supporting in any way such companies and about the benefits and dis-benefits of the so called gig economy and the culture and ethical system that it relies on which is completely opposite to the often meaningless public positions on culture and ethics.
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Although there is - in parts- a seeming undercurrent of envy on the author's part at seeing people younger than him earning more than him, this book is also an entertaining account of life in a modern IT environment.

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.
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I laughed and nodded in agreement all the way through this. Very well written, and insightful. Have been recommending it to so many people, which is always a good sign for me.
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A good read and explains clearly about the bubble in tech and how companies losses don't actually outweigh their gain very scary shows we may be in a world with too much money!

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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Absolutely amazing book. Had a really good laugh at some points, but as someone working in the tech industry I found this to be a fairly accurate description of what you'll be dealing.
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Hilarious, educational, cynical, peak into the startup world. Impossible to stop reading and laughing. Warmly recommend to general public and aspiring entrepreneurs.
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Slow to start but really enjoyed it. I don't like writing this review though as it dictates how many words i have to put
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