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Disrupted by Dan Lyons
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Apr 08, 2016

it was amazing

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 book the world needs, and Lyons' acerbic humor is what allows him to take on the juggernaut of Silicon Valley startup culture. Absurd and humorous anecdotes aside, the book is at its best when Lyons steps back from his own situation to reflect on the broader dynamics of the start-up bubble: nonsensical business culture and practices, exploitation of naive workers, rampant inexperience, discrimination (particularly ageism), the substitution of marketing for quality, the grow or die mentality, and incoherent business strategies that succeed only in enriching a handful of founders and investors. Whatever one thinks of Lyons' style, I hope the book ignites a much-needed conversation about the start-up bubble. And if the bubble does burst, I suspect many will look back on Lyons as a prophet.
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Duncan the startup was in Boston. Technically it's not a Silicon Valley company.

Erin This is exactly how I felt about the book, you hit the nail on the head!

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