• 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

Intrresting but very one sided.

The story of an older, experienced journalist joining a tech startup is an interesting one. Undoubtedly Dan is right that there is a lot wrong with the culture at GitHub however I also believe there is a lot wrong with his analysis. A lot of the book focuses on ageism at github and how older workers are discriminated against. However Dan seems to have a very scathing attitude towards young people himself describing them often as ‘kids’. His economic assessment of Tech Companies stock prices also seems very biased. He kept banging on about how these companies made no money and this were overvalued. However most companies especially in IT are all about building a base and then monetising it i.e Facebook.
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- dc

Fun to read

Fun to read, would have wished for more comedy in second half of book, but at the end of the day it is not funny what is happening here so all good.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

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