For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession – until one Friday morning when his editor at Newsweek told him that his job as technology editor no longer existed.
HubSpot, a Boston tech startup with a kooky culture, offered Dan a pile of stock options and gave him the vague title of “marketing fellow.” What could possibly go wrong? In a word, everything.
Mixed in with Dan’s uproarious tale of a job from hell is a trenchant analysis of startup culture and a poignant, painfully honest account of being middle-aged and struggling to pursue personal reinvention. Disrupted has been hailed by critics as a book that will make you laugh, but also will make you think.
Dan Lyons is a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and public speaker. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of the Emmy-winning HBO series Silicon Valley. Previously, Lyons was technology editor at Newsweek and the creator of the groundbreaking viral blog "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs" (AKA "Fake Steve Jobs"). Lyons has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Wired. He lives in Winchester, MA.
“A much-needed referendum on the current state of Silicon Valley… Lyons has injected a dose of sanity into a world gone mad.”Ashlee Vance, New York Times-bestselling author of Elon Musk
“Fun, compulsively readable and just might tell us something important about the hypocrisy and cult-like fervor inside today's technology giants.”Brad Stone, New York Times-bestselling author of The Everything Store
“Troubling but funny ... [a] coolly observant book ... [with] a splendidly weird coda ... You couldn't have written a tastier ending, even for HBO.”Dwight Garner, New York Times
“Disrupted by Dan Lyons is the best book about Silicon Valley today.”Los Angeles Times
“Hilarious... An exacting, excoriating takedown of the current startup ‘bubble’ and the juvenile corporate culture it engenders.”Kirkus Reviews
“Scathingly funny .... Like the show 'Silicon Valley,' Disrupted nails the workings of spastic, hypocritical, delusional tech culture.”New York Post
“Hilarious and eye-opening.”Business Insider
“You will both laugh and think. I consumed the book in less than a day.”Phil Simon, The Huffington Post
“Eye-opening and gut-busting…A front row seat to the lunacy.”Mashable