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Disrupted
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble | Dan Lyons
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Wildly entertaining ... Lyons has injected a dose of sanity into a world gone mad." ---Ashlee Vance, New York Times-bestselling author of Elon Musk 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 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 "chair." Mixed in with Lyons's uproarious tale 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 bubble.
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Megabooks
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We‘ll y‘all, two big things are happening in my reading life.

1. I‘m finished with #nonfictionNovember. I‘ve read 10 NF books in Nov and 7 in October! 🎉📚🎉 I feel like that‘s pretty darn good! 😁😁

2. I will be rereading fiction books through the holidays to escape and hopefully ensure my depression will continue to improve. The first 6 are pictured above. 📚📚 Hugs to anyone else who feels stress around Dec! 🤗🤗🤗

PacingTheCage I am currently reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation. So far, so good. 1y
Megabooks @dltpacngthecage Her books are really bizarre, but I find them weirdly endearing. I may reread this too. 1y
PacingTheCage @Megabooks this one is bizarre but, right now, I kind of want to be this character (I'm at the very beginning )😁😁😁 1y
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Leniverse Wow, well done on the non-fiction! 👏 1y
LauraJ Your plan is a good one. I‘m not a fan of the holidays. 1y
Megabooks @Leniverse Thank you! 😊💜 1y
Megabooks @LauraJ Yes, I find the holidays stressful. Any kind of #selfcare is good. Wishing you a peaceful season 💜 1y
HeavenlyBooks I'm interested to see what you think about Tampa. I read it a couple months ago. I'm curious about "my year of rest and relaxation" but I think I want to read some more reviews of it before I commit it actually buying it. 1y
Megabooks @HeavenlyBooks I already read Tampa in 2017. The audiobook has great narration as well. I like the book. It has extremely graphic sexual content including between a minor and adult. It‘s purposefully uncomfortable in that way. If you can handle that, I do recommend it. Honestly as far as adult/minor this one bothered me more than Tampa. 1y
Megabooks @HeavenlyBooks I usually reread books in the winter, especially between thanksgiving and Christmas. 1y
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

First book of the #24in48 finished! (Obviously I had started it before the ‘thon.)

I really enjoyed this book. I have worked at some companies with kooky cultures, but HubSpot takes the cake! Definitely an interesting look into a tech startup. 4⭐️

#24in48readathon #nonfiction2018

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Reading this book, ironically reminds me a bit of my own experience developing the Litsy app. I‘ve developed for a few small startups and they all bear resemblance to Lyons experience with Hubspot. The passage I captured here represents what I think is one of the key similarities to why many ventures fail. The book itself is entertaining but Dan comes off as a bit of a whiner. My experience with the first Litsy was disappointing but fun.

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shanmcf
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Reading this book and dying of laughter at the cross section of pokes at marketing and startups. Actually pretty sure at some point, this book might roast everyone. #tech #biz #nonfiction #lol

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Panpan

If you liked my angry blurb review, you'll ❤️love ❤️the FULL angry review on my blog! (With bonus other awful book about dudes and the tech industry)
👉🏻 https://seejaneread.squarespace.com/readjaneread/2017/7/9/a-truck-full-of-money-...

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Hey Dan, here's some food for thought: maybe the problems with the tech industry are *actually* not because of "the youths" you despise or the products you don't understand. Maybe they're caused by entitled dudes who assume the world is going to be handed to them just because they showed up. Sound familiar? Alas, not confined to the tech industry, as you so perfectly demonstrated in this tale of, as you yourself put it, "beached white male" woe.

OffTheBeatenShelf.com This book sounds terrible! And downright stupid. 😯 3y
SeeJaneRead @OffTheBeatenShelf.com to quote my husband "are you still reading that book that's making you so angry?" ? 3y
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This after a sentence "I'm back in the world of grown ups." Yes, the mature and sensible world of grown ups where you talk about poop and huge cocks. Extremely slow clap.
P.S. I talk about that stuff too of course but I don't want a FUCKING MEDAL FOR IT.

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OMG KAYAKING?! ON A RIVER?! Who are these IDIOTS omg somebody call the loony bin

Tamarity Kids these days, all that crazy river kayaking...it's all thanks to that rock music🎸 3y
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First pages are all about how dude has no experience and is "reinventing" himself in an industry he has no background in. Then he finds out out young dude with three years of EXPERIENCE in the industry will be his boss. Proceeds to have mid-life temper tantrum meltdown at having to *gasp* interact with LOWLY MILLENNIALS. If the whole book is like this I may throw it across the room. Pray for me. And poor Zack. ??

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zsuzsanna_reads
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Couldn't resist taking a screenshot of this page of the e-book my husband is reading. I think I'm already past "it". ?

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decaturmamaof2
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Just started this - already seems spot-on.

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Pickpick

Disrupted is observant, trenchant, sad, timely and absolutely hilarious.

BookishMarginalia Welcome to Litsy! 3y
babsbourland Thanks, @BookishMarginalia ! Just getting used to it. Following some people, but looking for more -- let me know if you have any recs? 3y
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Zelma Welcome to the Litsy community! 👋 3y
babsbourland @Zelma thank you! Loving it so far 3y
babsbourland @BookishMarginalia thanks v v much! 3y
Zelma It's super addictive. Some days I play on Litsy too much and don't read enough! 😂 3y
howjessreads Aw thanks for the mention @BookishMarginalia! 3y
LauraBeth Welcome to Litsy @babsbourland - I just followed you! Thanks for the mention @BookishMarginalia - that's wonderful company to be in 😀 3y
babsbourland @LauraBeth hey, awesome! Anyone you follow who I ought to seek out? 3y
Zelma @BookishMarginalia thanks for the mention and new friend here. 😘 3y
Notafraidofwords @LauraBeth welcome. There are really some awesome people here! 3y
babsbourland @WanderingBookaneer whoa, you all are so on the ball -- thank you!!!! Will do 3y
8little_paws @WanderingBookaneer 😚 thank you!! 3y
babsbourland @BookishMarginalia oh hey! I actually got accidental copies of @EloisaJames latest book ARCs from the printer in November (don't worry, I sent 'em to her team) but have been kicking myself for not sneaking a copy out. I'll have to order it right now! 3y
Megabooks Thanks for the mention @BookishMarginalia ! Welcome @babsbourland 👋🏻👋🏻 #followed 😃👍🏻 3y
BookishMarginalia I'm sure @EloisaJames would not have minded had you kept one! (edited) 3y
babsbourland @BookishMarginalia I know, but I'm a terrible thief. But thank you for the reminder of her work!!! 3y
JenP @BookishMarginalia aww, thanks! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you ladies! I'll just start recommending people too... @TheNextBook @Gezemice @brendanmleonard @Merethebookgal 3y
moranadatter Hi! Welcome to Litsy! Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa! I recommend @lemonlime799 @Lucky_LaDee @kammartinez @RealLifeReading and @ScientistSam (and hundreds of others). A good way to find people is to look at who the people you follow are following. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome @babsbourland - from one Barbara to another! Here are a few more to follow: @Cinfhen @kspenmoll @Trav @Texreader @Dragon. There are so many wonderful people here! (Thanks for the shout out @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ) (edited) 3y
babsbourland @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks babs!! 🎉👍🏻🙏🏻 3y
babsbourland @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 👍🍾 thanks for the huge list! This is so fun--it feels like I'm back at the March, surrounded everywhere by brilliant women!! 3y
babsbourland @kmdartist hi thank you!! I'll check out other people's follow lists for sure. 3y
ScientistSam Welcome! It's such a great community here. (Thanks @kmdartist 😀) 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @babsbourland You are very welcome! Enjoy, it's a great place to be!!! And thank you @BookishMarginalia for tagging me! 3y
NatalieR @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awe! Thanks so much for the shout out. Great to have a new friend!!! 3y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀 Hope you enjoy it here! (Thanks for the shout out @Riveted_Reader_Melissa!) 💜 3y
babsbourland @DebinHawaii thanks deb! Feel free to jump in on the recommendation train, I'm loving this 3y
Lizpixie Welcome to Litsy!❤️❤️ 3y
Reviewsbylola Omg thank you @BookishMarginalia I am feeling out over here that a litsy celebrity mentioned me! 😳Also, welcome @babsbourland 3y
babsbourland @Lizpixie @Reviewsbylola thanks for the warm welcome ! Any tips ? So far it seems like this is the audience for your nerdiest thoughts, right?!? 3y
Merethebookgal Welcome to Litsy!! Everyone is so awesome here, I'll think you'll like it! 😃 (Thanks for the tag @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😊) 3y
babsbourland @Merethebookgal yes so far so great. If you have any follow recommendations, please let me know! 3y
Theresa Aww, thanks @WanderingBookaneer ! Welcome to Litsy! It's one of the best things around! Be sure to learn the hashtag #blameitonlitsy, because, well, it tends to lead you down dark paths. 😜 3y
babsbourland @Theresa ha thanks for the heads up 3y
NovelGirl82 Awww! Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa !! Welcome to Litsy!!! 3y
EloisaJames @babsbourland oh are you the person responsible for sending me that extra box? Thank you? Send me your address and I'd be happy to send you a proper copy! Eloisa@eloisajames.com 3y
EloisaJames @babsbourland and you'll love it here! 3y
MrBook Aww, thank you for the mention @BookishMarginalia ☺️! 3y
MrBook Welcome to @Litsy!!! We hope you enjoy your stay 😊👍🏻. To join may be the single best decision you ever made as a reader and a writer. 3y
Cinfhen Welcome to Litsy @babsbourland 💕as you can see, it's the loveliest place to be! Sending oodles of love to @BarbaraTheBibliophage & @WanderingBookaneer two of my favorite Littens, for their shout out😘😘😘 3y
kspenmoll Welcome! Happy you are here! ❤ 3y
babsbourland @EloisaJames I'm not responsible for its existence -- the printer sent extra copies to both of us! But I did get the box over to your ace publicist. Thanks for the offer and I'll email you shortly!!! 3y
Gissy 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏👏Welcome! 3y
gibblr Thanks for the shoutout! Welcome to Litsy @babsbourland 😄 3y
ScrappyMags @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks for the nod!! Sorry.. had my octreotide scans done and results tomorrow!! 😬😬😬 3y
ScrappyMags Welcome to Litsy! The awesomest book nerd herd tribe of coolery and mischief! Lol!! 🤣💗 📚 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ScrappyMags You're welcome! Fingers crossed for good results!!!! And I love that Litsy description❤️ 3y
KVanRead Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Welcome @babsbourland !!! It's so much fun here!! All the nicest, most interesting people...here are a few more to follow @LeahBergen @mllemay @Eamann @Simona @vivastory @saresmoore @BooksForEmpathy @SoniaC 3y
babsbourland @KVanRead thank you!! Man this thread has been helpful. Whenever dan Lyons (the author of disrupted) joins litsy, I hope he takes advantage of this!!! 3y
saresmoore Thank you for the mention, @KVanRead ! Welcome to Litsy, @babsbourland . 😊 3y
Ericmanciniwriter Welcome! And thanks for the mention @KVanRead . Now more than ever, this is the nicest place on the internet 3y
LeahBergen Thanks, @KVanRead ! And welcome to you, @babsbourland 👋🏻 3y
babsbourland @Eamann yeah for real. The limitations seem to be what makes it great and keeps the trolls away (so far....so good) 3y
babsbourland @LeahBergen thanks ! Hey! 3y
mllemay @KVanRead thanks for the shoutout 💜 welcome @babsbourland ! 3y
SoniaC @KVanRead you totally made my day. Thank you! 3y
SoniaC @babsbourland welcome to Litsy. It really is as great as everyone is saying! Look forward to talking books with you. 3y
Simona Thank you @KVanRead 🙏 I appreciate that. @babsbourland Litsy is a fun, nice, warm, interesting and welcoming place. Enjoy! I always looking forward for posts from @Yossarian @Abailliekaras @mauveandrosysky @Lindy @Hobbinol @BethFishReads 3y
Abailliekaras Thanks @Simona ! Welcome @babsbourland it's so much fun sharing TBR problems, er, opportunities with lovely littens! 📚😉 3y
Lindy Thank you @Simona and a warm welcome to @babsbourland 😀 3y
BethFishReads Awww thanks to @Simona and welcome! 3y
mauveandrosysky @Simona thanks, Simona! 🖤 And a big, warm welcome to @babsbourland ! 3y
Hobbinol Welcome-welcome-welcome❗️And thanks for the shoutout @Simona 3y
babsbourland @Simona hey, thanks for adding to this crazy chain! 3y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh thank you so much :) 3y
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Since it is already the 21st, here's today's #ReadJanuary. Today's prompt is "a topic you'd like to know more about" and I've selected Disrupted by Dan Lyons about his experiences as a non-millennial working at a startup. I'm fascinated by books about the inner workings of tech companies and Disrupted had a great inside look. Recommended for fans of Elon Musk's recent biography. Also, good luck to all doing #24in48! #atopicyoudliketoknowmoreabout

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Funny, insightful book - especially if you work in technology or startups. I recognize so much in this book about my startup job that I hate, reading it felt like having a good ranting session with a witty, snarky friend.

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irisamelia
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Giving this book another read after the author gave a talk at my company, where I just started working. I've read the ebook version of this previously, and it's a hilarious story. Also, terrifying.

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Mehso-so

I loved this book for a lot of reasons. The politics, bosses and corporate hi-jinx felt familiar. But I also felt he was searching for complaints. We all have frustration and idiots in any job. He was one. He criticized people's work and then whined that no one liked him. But a candy wall ...crazy!

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PField
Pickpick

Probably not 100% accurate but I'm thinking pretty damn close.

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carstenodgaard
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Pickpick

Virkelig sjov og rammende bog om livet i en Silicon Valley start-up virksomhed. Forfatteren er også manuskriptforfatter til HBO-serien Silicon Valley.

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Daejin
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Steps outside the reality distortion bubble of the hi-tech world. He's nailing it so far and he's probably the reason I can't watch more than a single episode of Silicon Valley because it is too on point.

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PeachSalinger
Pickpick

This book was so funny and scary and true and it's pure therapy if you've ever felt surrounded by lunatics. I've experienced something similar at a company and therefore loved every page.

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SuziQoregon
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I'm kind of loving this book.

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SuziQoregon
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Started this last night. Picked it up partly because the author writes for Silicon Valley which is one of my favorite shows.