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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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    Graham Lee Oxford, UK 23/08/2017
    Graham Lee Oxford, UK 23/08/2017 Member Since 2017

    I make software and I help other people to make software.

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    "Get back to work."

    Great book, a humorous but sadly very familiar story about life in the VC-funded technology sector.

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    dc uk 14/08/2017
    dc uk 14/08/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Intrresting but very one sided."

    The story of an older, experienced journalist joining a tech startup is an interesting one. Undoubtedly Dan is right that there is a lot wrong with the culture at GitHub however I also believe there is a lot wrong with his analysis. A lot of the book focuses on ageism at github and how older workers are discriminated against. However Dan seems to have a very scathing attitude towards young people himself describing them often as ‘kids’. His economic assessment of Tech Companies stock prices also seems very biased. He kept banging on about how these companies made no money and this were overvalued. However most companies especially in IT are all about building a base and then monetising it i.e Facebook.

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    Amazon Customer 01/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun to read"

    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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    Mr 30/06/2017
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    "Fascinating, worrying, and funny"

    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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    Ed Goodman 12/05/2017
    Ed Goodman 12/05/2017 Member Since 2016

    Social Media Guide, Freelance Mentor, author, Cambs' premier coworking spaces founder, FA licensed football coach, & coffee addict.

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    "Funny mixed with a little disturbing"

    This book has a real mixture of emotions attached to it. It starts of sad, goes into a large funny aspect of the crazyness that comes from working in a start up, and finishes with a dark tone. For me, I struggled to separate what was an evocation of a 52 yr old experience at Hubspot, or that of a bitter ex-employee. Saying that, be open minded and you'll enjoy the story. The references and research the valuation of loss making businesses is fascinating, especially when you include gross mismanagement. A good book and I'm glad I listened.

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    A W Smith 11/05/2017
    A W Smith 11/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read!!"

    As a fifty something guy I can fully relate to this story... it's funny, frank and heart felt.. I hope the author has another poor employment experience and creates another book!

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    Hesham 04/03/2017
    Hesham 04/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for anyone who works in IT"

    A beautiful book. you will never be bored while reading it, very funny, and an eye opener.

    It will make you rethink everything you have learned about leading teams and "culture"

    It's the best book I have read in a long time

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