Posted on

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

º Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble ✓ Dan Lyons º Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble ✓ Dan Lyons - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble Wildly entertaining Lyons has injected a dose of sanity into a world gone mad Ashlee Vance New York Times bestselling author of Elon MuskFor twenty five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the t

  • Title: Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
  • Author: Dan Lyons
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Kindle Edition

º Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble ✓ Dan Lyons, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, Dan Lyons, Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble Wildly entertaining Lyons has injected a dose of sanity into a world gone mad Ashlee Vance New York Times bestselling author of Elon MuskFor 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 peop

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

º Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble ✓ Dan Lyons º Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble ✓ Dan Lyons - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble Wildly entertaining Lyons has injected a dose of sanity into a world gone mad Ashlee Vance New York Times bestselling author of Elon MuskFor twenty five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the t Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

  • º Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble ✓ Dan Lyons
    166Dan Lyons
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

509 Comment Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

  1. Ugh The cluelessness The lack of awareness and growth on the part of the author was a hoot And horrifying to read It s a fish out of water tale A journalist in his 50 s gets fired and needs new employment, fast His wife is unemployed He has two young children He begrudgingly takes a job at a tech startup called Hubspot, hoping to stick it out for a year or so in the hopes of striking it rich in their upcoming IPO It s all naked greed for him Although he has covered the tech beat for decades, he [...]


  2. At the height of his Fake Steve Jobs fame, Dan Lyons gave a talk at Google s Mountain View campus I was unable to go due to travel or likely some stupid meeting, but several friends went One of them was excited to report that Mr Lyons was just like me even down to the acne scars all over our necks.While I m a fan of Mr Lyons and I really enjoyed the book, I m not sure how I feel about him taking the job at Hubspot in the first place If you are taking a job with a purposely vague title like mark [...]


  3. This book gets five stars for its sheer importance It is a long overdue takedown of the worst aspects of Silicon Valley culture, employing time tested weapons for challenging hegemonic wisdom sarcasm, ridicule, and satire No sacred cow goes unslaughtered, and the result is one of the funniest books I have ever read The book is not perfect Lyons has an obvious axe to grind, his vulgarity is off putting, and his mean spirited takedowns of specific colleagues made me squirm Nonetheless, this is a b [...]


  4. The author is so deeply unlikeable and the narrative so unreliable that it s hard to get any wisdom out of it, like trying to understand the ravings of a resentful teenager More to this point He sounds like a nightmare to work with He calls people bozos, graspers and self promoters, shameless resume padders for nothing than setting up a personal website working in tech , joining Toastmasters clubs to improve public speaking skills, and organizing kayaking outings.He doesn t like how his coworke [...]


  5. I get it I m an old guy working in high tech, but I ve always been here and in Canada we re at a slight remove from the unicorn madness infecting some other tech centres I can understand Dan s snark and I ve seen evidence of ruthless backstabbing, hi tech mean girling, hare brained revelations from egotistical narcissists, Kool aid slurping wage slaves, frat boy brogrammers and his just goes to eleven But calling out the bro coders out for their frat boy antics then gleefully recounting the dic [...]


  6. Wow I hated this book First of all, let s get something out of the way this book is not funny It s, I dunno, petty And a bit vindictive.But what s the most disappointing is the author makes some good points about how tech companies are de valuing labor, about how the funding and IPO model is broken But he wraps it in such self aggrandizing, ageist bullshit that it s impossible to take seriously In the first 15 pages, he talks about how astounded he is that Hubspot has hired him for a marketing p [...]


  7. This was a fun read that anyone in the tech industry can relate to.One reason I knocked my rating down is the aw, shucks tone the author takes He makes it sound like he found the job, worked there a few months, and then realized he would write a book about it I call bullshit he went in to the job knowing full well he was going to write about it I mean, he was a tech writer for Newsweek beforehand so it s not exactly a stretch.I also felt that the author really downplayed how much of an a hole he [...]


  8. An out of work, fifty something journalist takes a job at HubSpot an actual start up tech company in Boston The result of this cultural mismatch is one hilariously funny book that also makes serious points about the latest stock market bubble in companies with dubious business plans, flim flam management teams , rapacious venture capital backers, and fishy accounting Lyons strips away the trappings of free beer and ice cream, catchy slogans and can do pep talks to show how companies like HubSpot [...]


  9. It is with some regret that I give this book 5 stars, because I have met some of the people in this book, and there is a lot here that is undoubtedly a hatchet job about that in a moment But it s so damn entertaining, and bears so many truths about the world of Internet startups, that I have to acknowledge that this is a must read Dan Lyons shows realistically and with great humor that some Internet startups have built a culture that engages in trivialities, is ageist, sexist, and not very dive [...]


  10. I was torn between a 1 star and a 5 star review The 5 stars because I can t remember the last time I read a book that made me so angry I was initially really excited to read this like the author I am a 50 guy who jumped into the much younger world of start ups I was curious about his thoughts and experiences, both good and bad Given his journalism background, I had really high expectations I was completely let down This book was really just a polemic about the evils of start ups and their cultur [...]


  11. Gimme a break, im 49 I work at a unicorn startup and this is not accurate for my company or any I know The author chose a super douchy business segment marketing to begin with and got sold a bill of goods by guys who specialize in that His resentment and characterizations of the culture show no empathy at all for people who he points out are new to the working world He was looking for an IPO like everyone with half a brain is and had blinders on going in He is obviously bitter over not seeing th [...]


  12. This book is an amazing piece of investigative journalism It took a lot of guts to write The legal hurdles are enormous, for one, enough to destroy anyone who hasn t covered his or her bases And Lyons s method of truth telling will make him feared by other companies, enough that it s doubtful he ll ever get hired again It is obvious from the beginning that the twenty somethings working at start up HubSpot do not like Lyons on sight, a privileged white man in his early 50s The need to conform on [...]


  13. Great storytelling, great insights Dan Lyons managed to expose many things that are wrong with Silicon Valley in a relatively short book However, I wouldn t call this book an entertaining read.There are many cringe worthy moments in the book But it could just be that I m too close to Silicon Valley for comfort.


  14. This book was a delightful read and I recommend it to anyone who has ever worked, or known someone who has worked, at a start up.


  15. Dan Lyons is a Journalist I can t emphasize that last word enough Nor, it seems, can Dan Lyons.Lyons, a former Time writer and internet content raconteur, found himself in his early 50s without a decent job After decades of covering the latest 20 something billionaires, he sensibly decided he wanted to jump into a startup to try to make his own big hit Disrupted is his tale of woe, bemoaning the millennials and their shoddy union sensibilities and their loud music no, seriously.I don t want to d [...]


  16. First up HubSpot garners zero sympathy from this girl for being exposed in this fashion I know these places exist because I worked for a lite version of them in a different industry As a woman and 38 years old at the time , I felt very out of place in a company that encouraged alcohol infused fraternization with my coworkers both on and off the clock Mind you I didn t feel out of place because I didn t drink I love beer , but because I wasn t partial to making myself vulnerable to people who had [...]


  17. A world full of douchebags, brainwashed dummies, bullshit artists, and fake, fake, fake enthusiasm is the HubSpot that Lyons describes in Disrupted The characters are memorable, and real, and sad in many ways, but also entertaining because Lyons, you get the feeling, has a cynical sense of humour about life and its cohabitants Outside of the hilarious depiction of the cultish world at HubSpot, this book is important because it outlines some of the major issues in Silicon Valley Overinvestment St [...]


  18. This book affected me at a profound level I was the oldest employee at various startups for a decade, and Dan Lyons accurately described the absurdity and frustration I encountered at all of them He crafted his story so well that I felt transported back to that special hell of a fifty something writer toiling away for years in a frat house sweatshop with a team of ill prepared yet oh so special snowflakes.If you find yourself considering employment at a similar company, and if you re old over 40 [...]


  19. Dan Lyons had been laid off from his job as a technology editor at Newsweek In his hunt for a new job he was hired by a Boston start up company called HubSpot On his first day of work Lyons realizes he is out of place He is a 52 year old, married with children and drives a Subaru outback His fellow employees are very young, single, wear orange colored clothes the company color and sit on beanbags Lyons states it was like a Montessori frat house Lyons was hired as a marketing fellow and also was [...]


  20. If you work in tech and ESPECIALLY if you work for a start upis is a must read Being one of the millennials that are constantly referenced throughout the book, I found it enlightening I found myself bursting out laughing, but then almost crying.e his perception of what motivates us is tragically accurate I can see why his analysis can be interpreted as insulting, but I find it to be of a reality check Biggest takeaway Though it seems like common decency, be very nice to your older coworkers wit [...]


  21. This book is extremely disappointing I have rarely come across such level of wasteful literature in my life It s a complete rant of a middle age unhappy fella who took a job without having a clue what it was about and blaming his inability to understand the environment he was in, on others, instead of himself I had to give it one star because there was no lower options, but it felt unfair to other one star books I have seen


  22. my god, this guy is annoying i mean, i wasn t expecting to LOVE this book, it was of a know thy enemy move i live in the SF bay area and i was curious but oh my god while the company does sound incredibly frustrating and poorly run and full of nincompoops, it s far worse to hear this guy whine about how he s not free to make creepy comments about his 19 year old german au pair in public spaces, lest somebody get offended wahh hey, did you know this guy used to work at NEWSWEEK no way no really, [...]


  23. Hey Dan, here s some food for thought maybe the problems with the tech industry are actually not because of the youths you despise or the products you don t understand Maybe they re caused by entitled dudes who assume the world is going to be handed to them just because they showed up Sound familiar Alas, not confined to the tech industry, as you so perfectly demonstrate in this whiny tome In this tale, as you put it yourself, of beached white male woe But hey, glad you made 60,000.


  24. I wonder if a book can burst an investment bubble all on its own.Terrific romp through the tech start up culture Perhaps a bit self serving and mean spirited at times, but generally right on target Dan Lyons goes from the snarky world of baby boomer journalism into the land of earnest millennial techies It did not go well.


  25. There s a lot to be said for what you gain in experience, but I worry a lot about how my age will, over time, affect my hiring attractiveness as my career progresses Dan Lyons does little to dispel this fear and in fact confirms it In Silicon Valley specifically, ageism isn t so much a practice as it is a value, and the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees no longer exists What s , a great startup is now valued for how hype worthy it is than for its actual abi [...]


  26. How many of us wish for the freedom to write a ranty expos about our workplace Most people wouldn t dare, for fear of getting blacklisted and destroying their careers, or for fear of getting sued or harassed by billionaire CEOs Lyons went ahead and did it He was financially unsettled enough to endure a job he hated, yet he also had enough in the way of connections and outside goodwill to find escape routes when he needed them, and lawyers when he needed them 4.5 stars This is great satire, a pai [...]


  27. Vivid and honest book which shows ugly side of Silicon Valley HubSpot is an example of how ridiculous and idiotic things can go hand in hand with extreme cynicism and maybe crime I enjoyed this book a lot However, after reading this book you may learn than you want about multi billion dollar acquisitions of tech startups.Book has its quirks, e.g I was surprised that a journalist profession where you expect a person to have a good taste for words and language several times mentions his appreciat [...]


  28. If you are a over 45and orb have ever worked for a startup tech or media companyyou HAVE to read this book Its incredibly funny, astonishingly infuriating and an amazingly accurate look at career trajectories for olds in the 21st century It also provides a very clear description of how VCs and a handful of company executives pillage the funding system for startups to line their own pockets, while convincing young people to work for low salaries and zero job security Equally as good The NYT revie [...]


  29. TLDR I didn t find a single thing funny, I find all of it sad.The book is not a funny critique exposing the worst part of tech startups it is a mean revenge to a former employer, full of bile against the company and against the people working there.Where to start I m pretty angry about this book, with the book, and yeah, also with the author I see the book as a huge missed opportunity to talk about all the issue in the start up world ageism, sexism, diversity, culture, the bubble Yes, I know, Da [...]


  30. A breezy good read The company has somehow survived its run in with a reporter turned business exec, seemingly against all odds.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *