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Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble

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

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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 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 am a 50 guy who jumped into the much younger world of start ups I was curious about his thoughts and experiences both good and bad Given his journalism background I had really high expectations I was completely let down This book was really just a polemic about the evils of start ups and their culture both in general and a high level of specificity the company he worked at HubSpot Is there a culture of ageism sexism racism etc at some start ups Absolutely And at established companies Of course These issues are not start up issues but societal issues Is HubSpot a weird place to work I really have no idea based on the author s experience yes but unfortunately we only got one side of the story Is IBM a weird place to work Perhaps if you re 25 years old who is to knowFurther the author trashed the product but he never said if he ever used it or not And I m not sure he realizes that ageism is a two way street He is so critical of the younger generation that is leading the company that he refuses to give them credit for building something He may not like what the product is intended to do but it doesn t mean it doesn t do it well I don t like what Marlboro does but that doesn t it mean it doesn t do it wellWhat irked me the most is as a fish out of water at the start ups I have worked at I try hard to break the stereotype of the old cranky guy who refuses to adapt in short what younger employers fear What I do is try to learn as much as I can from my much younger co workers I ve learned tons and embrace the energy and spirit of passionate intelligent people putting their heart and soul into creating great companies He criticizes the HubSpot team for feeling they are doing something revolutionary but why is that wrong Everyone should feel that about their companyIn short I ve worked for or with about six start ups not all were started by white males or even predominately male I never saw a nerf gun but did have lots of candy Some companies flourished some didn t All were exciting intellectually challenging and amazing places to work I m truly sorry the author didn t have the same experiences I ve had Out of Bounds (Boundaries, 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. 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Dan Lyons Û 6 REVIEW

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. 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 He has two young children He begrudgingly takes a job at a tech startup called Hubspot hoping to stick it out for a year or so in the hopes of striking it rich in their upcoming IPO It s all naked greed for him Although he has covered the tech beat for decades he is shocked SHOCKED to discover that ageism racism and sexism are real phenomena in the tech industry How could this be happening To other people sure but to him He s white And a male What happened to his privilege Why is life so suddenly unfairAs a journalist he says he never earned much money but he got to party on the Forbes yacht with celebrities He hob nobbed with the wealthy He jet sets all over the world Why aren t all his young new colleagues at Hubspot fawning all over him He s important He s somebody At Hubspot he is the old guy He has never worked in technology before He knows nothing He repeats throughout the book that that he is naive And yet he cannot fathom why he isn t running his department The author instantly feels humiliated when he learns his boss is young The author actually says in a meeting that he would like to kill someone He doesn t understand why this makes his colleagues uncomfortable He s edgy He s cynical Why don t they respect thatHe chats with a white male colleague within earshot of a young woman colleague about firing a 19 year old woman Why did he fire her Although nothing untoward happened between them working closely with a young woman was uncomfortable For his wife Yes this really happened Yet he can t understand why he is being forced to apologize to his colleague He s not creepy and sexist She s an over sensitive passive aggressive bitch who ratted him out to HR What s wrong with herAlso freuently writing yes this really happened and this literally happened after describing an event is something that literally happens in this book It literally happens a few times ever chapter It really happens Really And literally This literally happens A journalist literally does this as a stock device In the end the author cashes out on an IPO and leaves He now works as a writer on an HBO series Silicon Valley Because he s a writer and has experience working at a startup So you see he has special insight Also he can sit in the writer s room and make big dick and dry vagina jokes and no bitch will rat him out to HR He likes this This is actually and literally what he took out of his startup experience Other than good pay travel insurance and stock options he learned something What did he learnAgeism and lack of diversity at a startup is bad but at the old boy s club in California IT S AWESOMEMake no mistake Hubspot is a shitty company with a crappy product Startup culture is indeed toxic Ageism sexism racism yes they are real and ongoing issues at tech companies The author however continually expresses his disappointment for all the crassest and clueless reasons He was only in it for the money but he still felt that somehow he just wasn t getting the respect he so richly deserved just for showing up And being a white male Yes This literally happens


10 thoughts on “Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble

  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

  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 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

  3. says:

    This book gets five stars for its sheer importance It is a long overdue takedown of the worst aspects of Silicon

  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 egotistical narcissists Kool aid slurping wage slaves frat boy brogrammers and his just goes to eleven But calling out the bro coders ou

  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 p

  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 d

  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 takes He makes it sound like he found the job worked there a few months and then realized

  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 that made me so angry I was initially really excited to read this like the author I am a 50 guy who

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 bu

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