Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Title:Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316306089
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession--until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: Poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. 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 vague role of "marketing fellow." What could go wrong?

HubSpotters were true believers: They were making the world a better place ... by selling email spam. The office vibe was frat house meets cult compound: The party began at four thirty on Friday and lasted well into the night; "shower pods" became hook-up dens; a push-up club met at noon in the lobby, while nearby, in the "content factory," Nerf gun fights raged. Groups went on "walking meetings," and Dan's absentee boss sent cryptic emails about employees who had "graduated" (read: been fired). In the middle of all this was Dan, exactly twice the age of the average HubSpot employee, and literally old enough to be the father of most of his co-workers, sitting at his desk on his bouncy-ball "chair."

Mixed in with Lyons's uproarious tale of his rise and fall at Hubspot is a trenchant analysis of the start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them, a world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to reach an IPO and cash out.

With a cast of characters that includes devilish angel investors, fad-chasing venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and "wantrapreneurs," bloggers and brogrammers, social climbers and sociopaths, Disrupted is a gripping and definitive account of life in the (second) tech bubble.


    Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble Reviews

  • Laura Bergells

    Ugh. The cluelessness! The lack of awareness and growth on the part of the author was a hoot. And horrifying to read. It's a fish out of water tale. A journalist in his 50's gets fired and needs new e...

  • Todd N

    At the height of his Fake Steve Jobs fame, Dan Lyons gave a talk at Google’s Mountain View campus. I was unable to go due to travel or more likely some stupid meeting, but several friends went. One ...

  • Mark Jacobsen

    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: sarcas...

  • David Yoon

    I get it. I’m an old guy working in high tech, but I’ve always been here and in Canada we’re at a slight remove from the unicorn madness infecting some other tech centres. I can understand Dan...

  • Shannon

    The author is so deeply unlikeable and the narrative so unreliable that it's hard to get any wisdom out of it, like trying to understand the ravings of a resentful teenager. More to this point: He sou...

  • Kim Marques

    Wow ... I hated this book!! 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 s...

  • Philip Hollenback

    This was a fun read that anyone in the tech industry can relate to.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 ...

  • Bharath

    I read Dan Lyon’s LinkedIn post about his book two years back, and have been curious to read his book – especially since some people in Hubspot actually tried to obtain a copy and indulged in coer...

  • Alan

    I was torn between a 1 star and a 5 star review. The 5 stars because I can't remember the last time I read a book that made me so angry. I was initially really excited to read this - like the author I...

  • Hana

    An out-of-work, fifty-something journalist takes a job at HubSpot an actual start-up tech company in Boston. The result of this cultural mismatch is one hilariously funny book that also makes serious ...