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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 (79 ratings)
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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

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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A Great Insight to A Juvenile & Toxic World

A really interesting and insightful dive into a murky world filled with incompetent idiots. I found it fascinating, disturbing and madding all at the same time. How can anyone invest in these hairbrained Ponzi schemes? So many of these startups are just built on nothing but hot air with the immoral aim of building up the value and escaping before it all implodes.

One of the best books I've listened to this year!

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Funny and insightful

Dan paints and interesting and exciting look at what it’s like to work inside a unicorn. Certainly think twice about using hubspot!

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  • Cam
  • 12-11-2017

Tech startup from critical viewpoint

A perspective of a tech startup from an ex-journalist with a quick dry wit. The story sheds light on the culture of age-ism, disorganisation and the excruciating harassment of the author from one executive. The story ends with the question of whether we can trust tech companies with our personal information.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Loved the delivery and the use of the English language which would be lost on most hub spotter's. Very entertaining.

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Entertaining but naive

As someone approaching 50 the themes in this book were worrying, thought provoking and often entertaining. My only criticism was the author sometimes very naive and put often put himself in difficult positions. However would definitely recommend as his insights into Silicon Valley were excellent and definitely ludicrous!

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Great story, highly negative

Engaging author and story - I'd recommend it.

The author is sometimes hypocritical and overly negative but he gives the reader much to take away.

People working in inbound marketing or tech will disagree with him on many points but it's an interesting look inside Hubspot.

Dan writes a great story that packs alot of bite but also offers plenty of value.

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Could not stop listening

Do yourself a favor and listen to this one of the best tech insights I've read so far

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this book opened my eyes! must read! author is 🙂

amazing!
author is entertaining and smart do not skip this! read it now! top read of 2017!

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thoroughly enjoyed this book

Being an ex Hubspot customer this book explains a lot about the company and service we experienced.

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Gripping story

A true story of corrupt personal ambition, creating an amoral, corrupt organisation.
Written by someone who was involved, but was always an outsider.
It should be read by every student who is doing a business degree.

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  • Mr Mask
  • 27-06-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-2018

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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  • Debby Clement
  • 11-01-2019

Totally absorbing ... when's the film coming out?!

Brilliantly narrated, what a joy to hear the author's own words, I rode this journey with him (and so did my other half who has also experienced the very same scenario's). This is laugh out loud funny (yeh I got strange looks on the Underground) and yet, sooooo very scarily true. Fascinating, cringeworthy, and menacingly dark. I work in an HR related field and this is a wake up call for every staff member and management team person on how a culture becomes corrupted when your own goal is "your exit". Enjoy - I'm glad I did the audio version it added an extra dimension.

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  • Sergii R.
  • 30-12-2018

Too much whinning

6 hours whinning, 1 hour entertaining, 2 hours useful stuff. I kept listening because, however good or bad, it provides a different perspective on young startups.

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  • Flink
  • 28-12-2018

Mixed feelings

In the first part of the book, where Dan is describing what it was like settling in at Hubspot, I had this massive sinking feeling that I'd completely wasted a credit. Here was a man who had brought on 80% of his own problems, by not doing due diligence in the company and culture he was about to join. But also with his extremely poor attempts to fit in, and openly snarky and hostile attitude to things he felt were beneath him. He openly mocks colleagues in emails, writes an eviscerating memo about the work of colleagues and appears genuinely shocked when that memo finds its way to them. It's victim mentality at its ugliest. But, there are some very interesting musings on ageism, governance, and the internal workings around IPOs. And, his treatment by his new boss, Trotsky, is equal parts terrifying and bizarrely fascinating. Like a horrifying car crash you can't look away from. In the end it is by documenting the effects of workplace bullying and the psychological effects of 'rust out' that this book is saved and becomes something special. So, with reading. But, just bear in mind that this isn't the book of a blameless, unbiased, journalist. But, someone who is still angry, was quite unreasonable at times, but should definitely have been treated better than he was.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-2018

nice listen, content is biased in places

As a marketer , the criticism of digital marketing as as concept felt a bit exaggerated and baseless.
the criticism of hubspot and tech startups was interesting an add I have no perdonal experience to compare ag against

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  • Andrew
  • 18-11-2018

Great insight into modern IPO’s

Great book and a great insight into how modern businesses measure success. Very well read should have dropped the crazy there after me bit after the book ends but the rest of the book was great

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2018

Shocking, as a dev this is unacceptable

Shocking how the world looks like!
love the book, style, honesty, make more, word, word.

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  • Nina
  • 21-10-2018

Brilliant insight into the ludicrous world of start ups

Funny, well written and insightful. A great window into the ridiculous world of tech start ups run by young, white, entitled men.

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  • Steven
  • 16-09-2018

Shockingly cynical

I was glued to this because I've been in the crazy koolaid of a marketing tech startup, and am over 40. Even so Dan comes across as very cynical and naive.