Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

By Dan Lyons


"Disrupted by means of Dan Lyons is the simplest ebook approximately Silicon Valley today."---Los Angeles Times

"Wildly entertaining."---Ashlee Vance, New York Times-bestselling writer of Elon Musk

For twenty-five years Dan Lyons used to be author on the most sensible of his profession--until one Friday morning while he got a telephone name: Poof. His task not existed. "I imagine they only are looking to lease more youthful people," his boss at Newsweek advised him. Fifty years outdated and with a spouse and younger children, Dan was once, in a notice, screwed. Then an concept hit. Dan had lengthy suggested on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why no longer subscribe to it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, used to be flush with $100 million in enterprise capital. They provided Dan a pile of inventory ideas for the imprecise function of "marketing fellow." What may well get it wrong?

HubSpotters have been precise believers: They have been making the area a greater position ... by means of promoting e mail unsolicited mail. The workplace vibe used to be frat condominium meets cult compound: The social gathering begun at 4 thirty on Friday and lasted good into the evening; "shower pods" grew to become hook-up dens; a push-up membership met at midday within the foyer, whereas within sight, within the "content factory," Nerf gun fights raged. teams went on "walking meetings," and Dan's absentee boss despatched cryptic emails approximately staff who had "graduated" (read: been fired). in the midst of all this used to be Dan, precisely two times the age of the typical HubSpot worker, and actually the right age to be the daddy of such a lot of his co-workers, sitting at his table on his bouncy-ball "chair."

Mixed in with Lyons's uproarious story of his upward thrust and fall at Hubspot is a trenchant research of the start-up global, a de facto conspiracy among those that commence businesses and people who fund them, an international the place undesirable principles are rewarded with hefty investments, the place businesses blow cash lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and the place all people is attempting to hold on simply lengthy sufficient to arrive an IPO and funds out.

With a solid of characters that incorporates devilish angel traders, fad-chasing enterprise capitalists, marketers and "wantrapreneurs," bloggers and brogrammers, social climbers and sociopaths, Disrupted is a gripping and definitive account of existence within the (second) tech bubble.

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