• by Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by Dan Lyons
  • 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

''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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great fun

Really enjoyed Dan’s tale, couldnt put it down. Office cliques, politics and culture are not just confined to tech company’s so can relate to a lot of this, but its a great story. Not sure the value of the vested stock warranted the agony, but the anecdotes will play out in HBO’s Silicon Valley for our enjoyment so thank you!
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- The Understudy

raucous read in a mad bubble world

brilliant and entertaining story. certainly rang true for some of my work history. Dan tells a good exaggerated tale that has some laughs included
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- Matt Lewis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-02-2017
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.