Disrupted: Ludicrous Misadventures in the Tech Start-up Bubble
Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek Magazine for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was unemployed and facing financial oblivion. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not...more
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 ...more
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 titl ...more
But calling out the bro-coders out for their frat boy antics then gleefully recountin ...more
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 more 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 h ...more
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 ...more
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- ...more
Somehow, got to reading it only now. This is an especially interesting read on Tech Startups and does offe ...more
Lyons strips away the trappings of free beer and ice cream, catchy slogans and can-do pep talks to show how companies like HubS ...more
He is obviously bitter over not ...more
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 ...more
If you find yourself considering employment at a similar company, and if you're "old" ...more
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 conf ...more
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 w ...more
There are many cringe-worthy moments in the book. But it could just be that I'm too close to Silicon Valley for comfort.
b) have ever worked for a startup tech or media company
you 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 ...more
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.
- Overinv ...more
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.
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 kn ...more
4.5 stars. This is great satir ...more
- the company he worked for seems like a really sketchy place. If management was as described, yikes.
- that said, many times the author came across as ornery
- he makes great points about the feasibility of a lot of start-ups - how it's not given proper consideration
- what really is adding value? some cases are obviously adding or taking away value, but some are much more mixed
- brings up very valid concerns about ageism in the tech "culture"
- also diversity ...more