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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In the book Dan joins Hubspot and he's told how important it is to fit in. Now if I wanted to go for lunch or have a meeting with the person sitting next to me I would, like Dan ask the person for lunch. However, it's the Hubspot protocol/way/culture/ to invite someone via an intranet calander. That's the way they work and I'm a big believer if you join something you go with what's done. If everyone uses their own system it's chaos. You have a centralised system and everyone knows what works. Also, Dan would say that the environment was all frat boys and there were very few women working there, yet when he goes back to working in Journalism for a project he was right at home with all the knob jokes flying about - hardly an environment suitable for women.
Whilst I was aware of the Fake Steve Jobs postings from years ago, it was never something I followed, and I was unaware of who Dan is, so I went into the book with no expectations, and came out presently surprised.
With anything like this we're obviously only getting one side of the argument, but his case is convincing in isolation and certainly rings true.
This is a worthwhile book that I'd recommend without hesitation, to any age range in a working environment. Certainly something I found difficult to put down.
It’s a bizarrely snide tale, where a disgruntled ex-employee tries to disembowel the company who gave him an opportunity to change career because he couldn’t accept his authority from journalism didn’t carry across 1:1.
Presented differently, you might be able to muster some sympathy. I’ve worked in and with many tech companies. I can see a lot of the trends he describes. There are interesting moments where he breaks from his personal vendetta to talk about wider industry issues and angles.
But at almost ever point, he undermines that potential by trying to conflate the real, systemic problems with his own personal complaints. Worse, when he talks about the efforts of HubSpot to obtain a manuscript of this book, pre-publishing, he introduces endless hypothetical nightmare scenarios, which give him all the points and impact of evoking invasive ideas — but with really no evidence they are likely.
It’s a really shocking piece of writing — a kind of “anti-CV” on par with the worst contestants from the Apprentice.
For balance, I’m a big fan of Silicon Valley, which the author contributed to, and get the impression from the journalistic sections of the book that he has talent in that area too. It’s also very easy to read. He’s clearly a good journalist. Do I think HubSpot should have leaned into the editorial opportunities he thought they were bringing him in for? Yes. Do I think the way he describes his behaviour especially bearing in mind his motivation to stay (waiting for the IPO), is appropriate? No.
A miserable, unsympathetic, uncomfortable read. If you are an outsider from the tech industry, hoping to learn more about what it’s really like, consider someone like Steven Levy or Walter Isaacson.
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