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  1. says:

    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 employment fast His wife is unemployed H

  2. says:

    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 likely so

  3. says:

    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 sarcasm ridicule and satire No sacred cow goes unslaughtered and the result is one of the funniest books I have ever read The book is not per

  4. says:

    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’s snark and I’ve seen evidence of ruthless backstabbing hi tech mean girling hare brained revelations from egotist

  5. says:

    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 sounds like a nightmare to work with He calls people bozos graspers and self promoters shameless resume padders for nothing than setting up a personal website working in tech joining Toastmasters clubs to improve public speaking skills and organiz

  6. says:

    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 vindictiveBut what's the most disappointing is the author makes some good points about how tech companies are de valuing

  7. says:

    This was a fun read that anyone in the tech industry can relate toOne reason I knocked my rating down is the aw shucks tone the author

  8. says:

    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

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    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 coercion to stop the book I also read co founder Dharmesh Shah’s mature response on behalf of him as well as Brian Halligan also on LinkedIn though he does not address all the issues in Dan’s bookSomehow got to reading it only now Th

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    First up HubSpot garners zero sympathy from this girl for being exposed in this fashion I know these places exist because I worked for a lite version of them in a different industry As a woman and 38 years old at the time I felt very out of place in a company that encouraged alcohol infused fraternization with my coworkers both on and off the clock Mind you I didn't feel out of place because I didn't drink I love beer but becau

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Le 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 bubb 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 coercion to stop the book I also read co founder Dharmesh Shah s mature response on behalf of him as well as Brian Halligan also on LinkedIn though he does not address all the issues in Dan s bookSomehow got to reading it only now This is an especially interesting read on Tech Startups and does offer lessons such companies would be better off considering And yet some of Dan s criticism does also come across as whining and bitterness as a result of his personal experienceAt over 50 years of age Dan decides to enter the world of Tech Startup by joining Hubspot a Boston based company with a product for Inbound marketing He has been in the media industry for long and realizes it will take some effort to fit in to a new industry He has kids and his wife recently left her job which adds to the pressure to get back to work as uickly as possible His initial days and weeks are frustrating with no direction on what is expected of him very little dialogue with seniors and a frat house culture gone berserk His work assignments are mostly around writing lame blogs Most of the Hubspot employees are fresh out of college and have little or no real coaching In order to keep them motivated they are offered a fun place to work bright colors bean bags beer on the job etc At times such as Halloween and Freaky Fridays employees can come in wearing costumes of their choice Employees are told that they are actually making the world a better place Employees who leave or are fired which happens uite often are announced as graduating with an informally worded mail doing the rounds The culture code presentation with the HEART acronym comes across as full of fluff Dan sticks out as an odd person struggling to fit in and also makes detractors with his frankness Here Dan s criticism is on solid ground and this is certainly a culture where older employees as also many personality types and those who value authenticity would struggle to fit in As part of his narrative Dan also suggests that Hubspot has a poor product and has to spend a lot on marketing to sell it as also to retain customers While it is difficult to know if that is case Hubspot has seen very strong growth and indicates that this cannot be entirely true He also takes aim at startups in general and the trends they back Eg he takes aim at Software as a Service companies which is completely off the mark Even going by his own account there is an indication that Dan did not try very hard to fit in either nor did he offer suggestions constructively Brian Halligan was once uoted as saying that experience was largely overvalued prompting a bitter Facebook post by Dan which he acknowledges might not have been the best approachWhile he uses pseudo names for a few people in the book he names Chief Marketing Officer Mike Volpe and Head of Content Joe Chernov his supervisor for part of the duration in the Epilogue who had to leave as a result of the FBI investigation though no charges were pressed After he gets another job Dan resigns giving a 6 week notice but is asked to leave the very next day There are good lessons from the book on the need for diversity valuing experience promoting time tested values of respect openness trust transparency authenticity fairness rather than a cult like behavior and make believe A book I certainly recommend readingMy rating 35 5

Summary Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble

Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble

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 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 likely some stupid meeting but several friends went One of them was excited to report that Mr Lyons was just like me even down to the acne scars all over our necksWhile I m a fan of Mr Lyons and I really enjoyed the book I m not sure how I feel about him taking the job at Hubspot in the first place If you are taking a job with a purposely vague title like marketing fellow and oh how the tech industry loves to lift titles from other industries like that then it s reasonable to assume that flexibility will be reuired in the responsibilities of that roleSo this was not a culture fit and not in the age discrimination way though there was plenty of that if someone takes a vaguely defined role and then essentially complains about the lack of structure while asking permission to do stuff Perhaps this came from working in structured newsrooms I have no idea because my idea of what newsrooms are like comes from Mencken s Newspaper Days and the Daily Bugle in Spiderman comicsHaving gotten that unpleasantness out of the way I still greatly admire the little tech carpetbagger for his determination to leave no bridge unburned and for his sharp observational skills I was so captivated by the book that I read it straight through in one sitting I started a list of all the things that I felt Mr Lyons got right about startup culture along with my own thoughts Being managed out I ve only seen it happen to other people natch but the part with Trotsky is about as good of a description of being managed out as you are going to read Early employeeFriend of CEO effect The book perfectly captures the way that early employees and they are loaded up with stock so when the company goes public they will make oh so much than you will can hunker in to the company and make life miserable for everyone else Boiler room approach to tech Basically anything that can t be automated outbound calling approving ads or websites turning pages in a book at tech companies are done with rooms full of recent grads The bottom 5 10% are culled every so often and replacements are brought in There are buildings full of these people in and around Mountain View BS creation myths for start ups It has always annoyed me how most startups need a creation myth YouTube has this story about the founders being at a dinner party and wanting to share videos that they made blah blah blah But you can go on archiveorg and see very clearly that it was set up to be a dating site sort of a video Hot Or Not I am certainly guilty of repeating these false narratives at countless sales calls though Age discrimination I was being called old man and similar even back when I joined Google at 35 I even remember in my early 30s the son of the CEO where I worked scrunched up his face and asked me What are you Like 40 I m still not sure what he meant by that I still get a comment every few weeks or so that I m not crazy about so I close my laptop and stop working for the day in response I don t think my age affects my ability to get hired because I ve always felt smarter and employable then just about everyone around me I went to a conference a few weeks ago and half a dozen companies were interested in hiring me though I m very happy where I am now thankyouverymuch Can t step in the same river twice Mr Lyons paints this as a bad thing but he captures the chaos and change at a fast growing start up It means there will be wasted effort which isn t great but it also creates great opportunities And when I feel like uitting a start up job I remind myself or someone else does that everything will change in about 3 months anyway so I put a tickler in my calendar to reconsider until then The weird linking of personal and work life This has only gotten worse over the past decade or so I have noticed The way he almost gets fired for a FB joke is worse than anything I ve seen but I don t doubt it It was really common for co workers to date early in my career but now I know of apartment buildings where the majority of the apartments are taken by people from one company The norm today seems to be for co workers to live and play together in a huddle like puppies This is something obviously not possible for middle aged workers except maybe as the premise of a sitcom Discrimination against funny people In Silicon Valley genuine humor is always frowned upon and turned against you mainly because humor always has an element of truth to it and shows a clarity of perception two things that are never tolerated in tech In almost every review I have had my sense of humor has shown up in the negative or needs work column even when managers are friends So if your humor idols are Wilde Thurber Benchley Mencken Lynde think twice before saying anything and don t drink too much at company events If you think Friends and Big Bang Theory are hilarious you will go far They may even put you on the April Fools Day joke committee VC industry level view The the book zooms out the it becomes truly great This is where Reporter Lyons takes over from Tech Carpetbagger Lyons and I learn a whole bunch of stuff about how this current boom is being funded and how the wealth is being transferred These parts are worth the price of the book alone BS review methodology Google used to do this too They had this big long Drake euation thingie where they plugged in your performance your department s performance Google s performance etc The upshot every year was 1 you are average 2 the company is spectacular 3 here is a bunch of money 4 shut up and go eat some free food It felt like a sad Christmas each time It always came out to just over my expected bonus anyway so I never understood the psychology of messing with my head No one understanding pop culture references This always trips me up being a generation ahead of most co workers There was a time when a Caddyshack reference always got a laugh in sales situations Hey Lama how about a little something for the effort I was talking about a recent vacation and I mentioned that my Spalding Gray Swimming to Cambodia moment finally happened when Jethro Tull came on the radio in my bitchin Camaro The conversation uickly ground to a halt I realized it would take at least 20 minutes to unpack all of the dated cultural references I made so I softly said never mind and saved it for people closer to my own age I try to stick to Classical Greek and Roman references because they are the foundation of our culture and it s not my fault if people don t get them You d be surprised how often you can work in a reference to the Thirty Tyrants or Xenophon s Anabasis Asymmetric loyalty s My career spans three recessions so I m always ready to bug out like a MASH unit I don t keep any on my desk than I can fit in my backpack I ve seen layoffs blamed on everything from 911 to California s Governor Davis Everything except poor management Open offices The next logical step in the modern office is to have organ grinders walk around while monkeys jump on desks knocking things over If I didn t know better I d think that our backs are exposed to emphasize that we workers are low status primatesWhat was missed or what I d like to read in the seuel I m available to speak on deep background McKinsey colonization If Mr Lyons had stuck around a few years he would witness the stage where the ex McKinsey and a few ex Bain consultants come in to form a biz ops department and start rationalizing the business processes I am usually long gone by then This was dramatized in Office Space when the Bobs come in except these Bobs are way smarter than me way better educated than me and super super evil God help anyone who doesn t fit neatly into one of their spreadsheets People staying too long at companies In my experience people stop learning useful skills around 5 years at a company unless they change positions or radically change what they are working on After those 5 years they just learn company politics how to hire friends how to fly 1st class what VP to schmooze for what So when someone leaves or likely is laid off after 10 years they will expect to be paid for 10 years experience when they really only have 5 years of relevant experience Push down of risk and upside There was some mention of egregious rounds like Groupon s last round but a discussion of investor preference and conversions and cram downs would have been great too Also I m pretty sure that Mr Lyons had to wait 6 months to sell his stock This is the standard these days so that preferred stock has plenty of time to bail out first if necessary The other trend is that companies go public at a way higher valuation these days which reduces upside for rank and file employees Netscape went public at a valuation of 1B for example barely a unicorn Not that there is no upside at all any just that the fabled stories from the MSFT and dot com era don t necessarily apply And the tax laws still suck so I m pretty sure Mr Lyons was taxed as if it were cashing in a lottery ticket instead of collecting something he had earned over a period of a year and a half Apology for the section on Bozos Bozo is a the maiden name of my step grandmother and it happens to be a common Hungarian surname Using it as a term of abuse is insulting to Hungarian Americans My step great grandmother was a very kind woman who also happened to receive a tremendous amount of crank phone calls This is the kind of discrimination that we have had to face as long as I can rememberEven though Baby Boomers are the people that said Don t trust anyone over 30 and pretty much invented age discrimination it turns out that age discrimination is bad now that it s happening to themAnd not only did the Baby Boomers not save the world they didn t even manage to save enough for retirement so we need to un age discriminate them into high paying jobs right away We Gen Xers understand so we ll step aside for a decade or twoAs long as we get hilarious and insightful books out of the deal like this one I guess it s a fair trade off Highly recommended especially if you are working in tech or a tech adjacent company Jungle Fever (Jessicas Seduction 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 Bride for a Night 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 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 likely some stupid meeting but several friends went One of them was Atomic Design excited to report that Mr Lyons was just like me Great Goddesses even down to the acne scars all over our necksWhile I m a fan of Mr Lyons and I really Transference Countertransference enjoyed the book I m not sure how I feel about him taking the job at Hubspot in the first place If you are taking a job with a purposely vague title like marketing fellow and oh how the tech industry loves to lift titles from other industries like that then it s reasonable to assume that flexibility will be reuired in the responsibilities of that roleSo this was not a culture fit and not in the age discrimination way though there was plenty of that if someone takes a vaguely defined role and then Linchpin essentially complains about the lack of structure while asking permission to do stuff Perhaps this came from working in structured newsrooms I have no idea because my idea of what newsrooms are like comes from Mencken s Newspaper Days and the Daily Bugle in Spiderman comicsHaving gotten that unpleasantness out of the way I still greatly admire the little tech carpetbagger for his determination to leave no bridge unburned and for his sharp observational skills I was so captivated by the book that I read it straight through in one sitting I started a list of all the things that I felt Mr Lyons got right about startup culture along with my own thoughts Being managed out I ve only seen it happen to other people natch but the part with Trotsky is about as good of a description of being managed out as you are going to read Early The Shadow of Gods (The Godling Chronicles, employeeFriend of CEO The Tropes of Fantasy Fiction effect The book perfectly captures the way that Doctor Strange early The End of Everything (The Risen Dead, Pt. 1) employees and they are loaded up with stock so when the company goes public they will make oh so much than you will can hunker in to the company and make life miserable for The Embrace everyone Madoc, Vol. 5 else Boiler room approach to tech Basically anything that can t be automated outbound calling approving ads or websites turning pages in a book at tech companies are done with rooms full of recent grads The bottom 5 10% are culled Humiliated by My Husband and Best Friend every so often and replacements are brought in There are buildings full of these people in and around Mountain View BS creation myths for start ups It has always annoyed me how most startups need a creation myth YouTube has this story about the founders being at a dinner party and wanting to share videos that they made blah blah blah But you can go on archiveorg and see very clearly that it was set up to be a dating site sort of a video Hot Or Not I am certainly guilty of repeating these false narratives at countless sales calls though Age discrimination I was being called old man and similar Heart of Darkness (Includes: Lords of the Underworld even back when I joined Google at 35 I Infatuation (Underground Kings even remember in my Wim Crouwel early 30s the son of the CEO where I worked scrunched up his face and asked me What are you Like 40 I m still not sure what he meant by that I still get a comment Białe. Zimna wyspa Spitsbergen every few weeks or so that I m not crazy about so I close my laptop and stop working for the day in response I don t think my age affects my ability to get hired because I ve always felt smarter and হারেম employable then just about Wolf Protector (Federal Paranormal Unit, everyone around me I went to a conference a few weeks ago and half a dozen companies were interested in hiring me though I m very happy where I am now thankyouverymuch Can t step in the same river twice Mr Lyons paints this as a bad thing but he captures the chaos and change at a fast growing start up It means there will be wasted My Horizontal Life effort which isn t great but it also creates great opportunities And when I feel like uitting a start up job I remind myself or someone Pitu i Kudłata Dają Radę else does that The Wounded King everything will change in about 3 months anyway so I put a tickler in my calendar to reconsider until then The weird linking of personal and work life This has only gotten worse over the past decade or so I have noticed The way he almost gets fired for a FB joke is worse than anything I ve seen but I don t doubt it It was really common for co workers to date Lords of Kobol - Book Five early in my career but now I know of apartment buildings where the majority of the apartments are taken by people from one company The norm today seems to be for co workers to live and play together in a huddle like puppies This is something obviously not possible for middle aged workers Down a Notch except maybe as the premise of a sitcom Discrimination against funny people In Silicon Valley genuine humor is always frowned upon and turned against you mainly because humor always has an Ass Goblins of Auschwitz element of truth to it and shows a clarity of perception two things that are never tolerated in tech In almost Mounted by a Monster every review I have had my sense of humor has shown up in the negative or needs work column Torrent (River of Time, even when managers are friends So if your humor idols are Wilde Thurber Benchley Mencken Lynde think twice before saying anything and don t drink too much at company Belle de Jour (Belle De Jour events If you think Friends and Big Bang Theory are hilarious you will go far They may After Hours even put you on the April Fools Day joke committee VC industry level view The the book zooms out the it becomes truly great This is where Reporter Lyons takes over from Tech Carpetbagger Lyons and I learn a whole bunch of stuff about how this current boom is being funded and how the wealth is being transferred These parts are worth the price of the book alone BS review methodology Google used to do this too They had this big long Drake Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory euation thingie where they plugged in your performance your department s performance Google s performance Tame a Wild Heart (Tame, etc The upshot Voyeur (Colección Maestros del Erotismo, every year was 1 you are average 2 the company is spectacular 3 here is a bunch of money 4 shut up and go Omega Twink eat some free food It felt like a sad Christmas Demon Seduction (Seductive Shorts each time It always came out to just over my God Help the Child expected bonus anyway so I never understood the psychology of messing with my head No one understanding pop culture references This always trips me up being a generation ahead of most co workers There was a time when a Caddyshack reference always got a laugh in sales situations Hey Lama how about a little something for the To Serve is Divine (The Divine Trilogy, effort I was talking about a recent vacation and I mentioned that my Spalding Gray Swimming to Cambodia moment finally happened when Jethro Tull came on the radio in my bitchin Camaro The conversation uickly ground to a halt I realized it would take at least 20 minutes to unpack all of the dated cultural references I made so I softly said never mind and saved it for people closer to my own age I try to stick to Classical Greek and Roman references because they are the foundation of our culture and it s not my fault if people don t get them You d be surprised how often you can work in a reference to the Thirty Tyrants or Xenophon s Anabasis Asymmetric loyalty s My career spans three recessions so I m always ready to bug out like a MASH unit I don t keep any on my desk than I can fit in my backpack I ve seen layoffs blamed on The Maid and the Billionaire Prince everything from 911 to California s Governor Davis Everything The Friend (Its Just Us Here, except poor management Open offices The next logical step in the modern office is to have organ grinders walk around while monkeys jump on desks knocking things over If I didn t know better I d think that our backs are Delacroix exposed to Pan Samochodzik i uroczysko emphasize that we workers are low status primatesWhat was missed or what I d like to read in the seuel I m available to speak on deep background McKinsey colonization If Mr Lyons had stuck around a few years he would witness the stage where the Cat ex McKinsey and a few Idun (Sagan om Valhalla, ex Bain consultants come in to form a biz ops department and start rationalizing the business processes I am usually long gone by then This was dramatized in Office Space when the Bobs come in The Colour of His Hair except these Bobs are way smarter than me way better Rhcsa & Rhce Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: Training and Exam Preparation Guide (EX200 and EX300) educated than me and super super The Edwardian Modiste evil God help anyone who doesn t fit neatly into one of their spreadsheets People staying too long at companies In my Siedmiu wspaniałych. 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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 chairMixed in with Lyons's uproarious ta 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 vindictiveBut what s the most disappointing is the author makes some good points about how tech companies are de valuing labor about how the funding and IPO model is broken But he wraps it in such self aggrandizing ageist bullshit that it s impossible to take seriously In the first 15 pages he talks about how astounded he is that Hubspot has hired him for a marketing position when he s got no marketing experience Then he loses his mind that his boss is only 5 years out of college Um how are you surprised This guy has 5 years experience then you do of course you report to himFrom that point on you never hear about someone without also hearing about how old they are He complains that everyone makes him feel old while he s busy writing a book about how young and dumb they all are Pot Meet kettleHe also seems pretty out of touch for a guy who was a Newsweek tech reporter If you reported on these companies so much how did you not know what you were getting intoHe complains that there s no diversity in tech but then gets excited when he s in an LA writers room with all dudes where he can make jokes about huge cocks and dry vaginas He openly mocks his company on Facebook and wonders why he gets in troubleNow do I think he had some legitimate gripes about Hubspot Sure But I expected an experienced journalist to be able to frame it in a way that didn t make me hate him Instead he came across like a grumpy old man who had an axe to grind If you re looking for insight into the current state of the tech industry this isn t your book You want to hear a guy talk about how great he is and complain about his coworkers for 250 pages This is your book