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Disrupted

Ludicrous Misadventures into the Tech Start-Up Bubble
By: Dan Lyons
Narrated by: Dan Lyons
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (366 ratings)
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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

Critic reviews

''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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Excellent but slightly spoiled by whining

Overall a fantastic listen, really great story and narrator, a fantastic insight into the valley and all its seedy and somewhat creepy undertones. I couldn't stop listening to it, its one of those books that actually makes you look forward to work the next day so you can hear the end of it!

However, the whole thing is slightly ruined by the authors whining. Obviously this is a personal complaint, and not an issue with the story itself, but it got on my nerves quite a bit. Ageism in the valley is a huge issue, but the authors approach to this just comes across as a big whine. He essentially makes the point (intentional or not, and maybe its just what I heard) that the ageism should be reversed, not that it shouldn't be there at all. He pines about the good old days where he could just ignore or disregard a 20-something as if they're nothing, but now he has to work for them, the gall! Maybe I'm just taking it wrongly, but that in particular struck me the wrong way.

However, even despite that its an excellent audiobook and I wouldnt recommend it to anyone, even a 20-something.

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If you work in tech and are over the age of 35

I've worked in tech for the past 20 years and this book does a fantastic job of showing up just how silly it all is. While we all initially drink the kool-aid, over time the mandatory fun, ethos-embracing brand statements, senseless busy-work and expected work/life imbalance reveal themselves as the Emperor's new clothes.

Genuinely laughed my ass off with all references to over-entitled hipster kids who know nothing and yet somehow rule the roost.

Just a marvelous read, splendidly delivered by the author.

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Witty, Sarcastic, Asinine - Loved it

Imagine a man in his 50s trapped in a vapid self righteous universe of genuine snowflakes, his every day is painful and the schadenfreude is just delicious.

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  • 19-04-19

A man moaning about a bad job choice for 9 hours!

Basically a bitter man who accepted a job out of necessity, that ended up not being a good cultural fit! Not even that funny. Not worth buying.

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The madness of Silicon Valley.

Yes it’s only one side of the story but it’s so well supported that it’s hard to take it as anything but the truth. I like how the author comments on office politics which we’re all familiar with but the levels it seems to reach are something else.

For those socialist minded it makes yin want to scream at the sheer numbers being thrown around and squandered. All for paper numbers.

There is a lot to make you burst out laughing though. Added to by the author narrating it himself. The emotions come through very well.

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Potentially great story, too much whinging

Does he ever stop whinging? I didn't think the author was particularly funny either, more mean-spirited which ruined a potentially great story about the ridiculousness of tech firms. Great idea, wrong author.

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Fascinating, panic inducing and great storytelling

This is going to be one of those books I try and force upon absolutely everyone. My Dad, two coworkers and one boyfriend have already suffered the onslaught. Not much of a detailed review but yeah, listen it! It's also one of the titles I suspect is BETTER in audio. Sarcastic vocal fry just doesnt translate to text. Thaaaanks Hubspot! Hubspot for pressssident!!!!

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eye opening

a brilliant book. entertaining way to introduce you to the madness of the marketing world

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Very funny but scary

Great book, story well told. I chuckle at both the experience of the author, but also the author who obviously struggles with middle age and has not taken the lesson from 'Who Moved My Cheese' to heart. The part that makes me shiver is his experiences is pretty close to my own - pulse questionnaires, awesome, massive congrats, bounce back etc. Yes, I work for a tech company, which is an US / Indian mix and I bite my tongue constantly.

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At he wasn’t hot desking

Having recently started working in a tech company, some of this hit close to home! It was like my own personal thriller. It’s fun insight into the reality of working in a start up, but some of the details about options became dull.