Book Name: Disrupted By Dan Lyons
Category: Startup Books
Language: English
Format: PDF
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“Wildly entertaining… Lyons has brought sanity back into a world gone crazy.” —-Ashlee Vance, the author of Elon Musk, which was a New York Times bestseller,

Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his field for 25 years. One Friday morning, he got a phone call that said, “Poof.” There was no longer a job for him. His boss at Newsweek told him, “I think they just want to hire younger people.” Dan was 50 years old and had a wife and two young children. In a word, he was screwed. Then she had an idea. Dan had been writing about Silicon Valley and the tech boom for a long time. Why not join it? A Boston company called HubSpot had $100 million in venture capital. For the vague job of “marketing fellow,” they gave Dan a lot of stock options. How could things go wrong?

HubSpotters were true believers. They thought that by selling email spam, they were making the world a better place. It felt like a cross between a frat house and a cult compound. The party started at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and continued late into the night. “Shower pods” were turned into hookup spots, and a push-up club met in the lobby at noon while Nerf gun battles raged nearby in the “content factory.” Groups had “walking meetings,” and Dan’s boss, who wasn’t there, sent him strange emails about employees who had “graduated” (read: been fired). Dan was twice as old as the average HubSpot employee and old enough to be the father of most of his coworkers; he was sitting at his desk on his “chair,” a bouncy ball.

Lyons’s hilarious story of his rise and fall at Hubspot is intertwined with a sharp analysis of the start-up world, which he calls a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them. In this world, bad ideas are rewarded with significant investments, companies waste money on perks for their post-college employees, and everyone is trying to stay long enough to get an IPO and cash out.

Disrupted is a gripping and definitive account of life in the (second) tech bubble. It has a cast of characters, including devilish angel investors, fad-chasing venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and “wantrepreneurs,” bloggers and “brogrammers,” social climbers, and sociopaths.


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Author(s): Dan Lyons

Publisher: Hachette Books, Year: 2016

ISBN: 0316306088,9780316306089


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