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Disrupted Audiobook

Disrupted: Ludicrous Misadventures into the Tech Start-Up Bubble

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Publisher's Summary

The shocking and hilarious New York Times best-selling exposé of a new age of excess in Silicon Valley.

Dan Lyons was technology editor at Newsweek 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 join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the nebulous role of 'marketing fellow'. What could possibly go wrong?

What follows is a hilarious and excoriating account of Dan's time at the start-up and a revealing window onto the dysfunctional culture that prevails in a world flush with cash and devoid of experience. Filled with stories of meaningless jargon, teddy bears at meetings, push-up competitions and all-night parties, this uproarious tale is also a trenchant analysis of the dysfunctional start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them. It is a world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their postcollegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to cash out with a fortune.

©2016 Dan Lyons (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

''The best book about Silicon Valley today.'' ( The Los Angeles Times) ''Cooly observant.... Splendidly weird...[Lyons] couldn't have written a tastier ending, even for HBO'' ( The New York Times) ''Wildly entertaining.... Lyons has injected a dose of sanity into a world gone mad.'' ( The Sunday Times)

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    Mael Dujardin London, UK 17/02/2018
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    I couldn't put it down! listened to the whole of it in 24 hrs. kafkian, horrifying and very funny.

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    I also work for a tech startup, and I felt like he was talking a bit about my company.

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    "Funny, frightening and some fascinating figures."

    A fascinating insight into the world of high profile online business. As an old grey marketer myself, I laughed out loud at some of the scenarios outlined in the hip Hubspot culture.

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    mr bob UK 13/10/2017
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    Very interesting story but at times it was a tough to listen and actually quite depressing.

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    Andrzej 26/09/2017
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    Great story, well written and presented in this reading. The Dan's story higlits the problems of most of tech startups where retaining talent, exeperience and profit is replaced by hiring and replacing cheap inexperience, and fousing on growth and revenue without a look on spending sheet.

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    Sonja UK 15/09/2017
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    "wow. what a story."

    ...made me rethink if I wanted to work for a start up. Well-narrated and insightful, but in parts a bit of a rant. Still, to be recommended!

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    Graham Lee Warwick, UK 23/08/2017
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    Great book, a humorous but sadly very familiar story about life in the VC-funded technology sector.

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    Fun to read, would have wished for more comedy in second half of book, but at the end of the day it is not funny what is happening here so all good.

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    This is a book I didn't want to stop listening to. fascinating look into a crazy would.

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    "Funny, insightful and honest"

    I doubt there is a more funny, insightful and honest insight into the world of Silicon Valley start ups. Although the author clearly has a bee in his bonnet he is hilariously funny at some points. Dan for President!

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