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Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble (edição: 2016)

de Dan Lyons

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A memoir of life inside the tech bubble by a writer and co-producer for "Silicon Valley" describes how, after losing his magazine writing job, he took a position with a tech company rife with cultish millennials, absent bosses, and venture-capital amenities.
Título:Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
Autores:Dan Lyons
Informação:Hachette Books (2016), Kindle Edition, 267 pages
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Etiquetas:to-read, goodreads

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Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble de Dan Lyons


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Entertaining, but HubSpot is not representative of tech

This was an enjoyable (and fast) read -- Lyons is, among many other things, a great writer. It is a tale of culture clash, and everything he described is completely plausible and probably has happened at tech companies many times.

However, his experience is very different than what I've seen in technology. At real, engineering based organizations (which still exist -- and even for consumer products. Facebook, Amazon, Apple are very strong engineering teams), none of this shit would have been tolerated. Plenty of other bad stuff happens (yes, tech is very demanding of one's time; yes, diversity isn't very high), but there is a core mission and objective standard to guide people.

Ultimately, as a book, this was great. It also makes HubSpot look horrible, especially their actions at the end. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Reads like a horror story for those of us that work in this industry. Entertaining, but the author sometimes really really wants you to feel sympathetic to him, which detracts from the narrative. ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
One thing that really appalled me in this book was Lyons' inability to assess what effects his own actions will have on others. On so many occasions he does things that, even from his own description, are clearly totally unnecessary and will cause strife within his workplace. Then, when they inevitably do, he seems flabbergasted when people blame him, choosing instead to downplay his role in precipitating the bad situation. What's amazing is how he honestly seems to believe he's in the right in nearly all cases.

For all the bragging the author does about being a real journalist, this book has a grating tone and overall is poorly written. It's especially amazing when compared to [b:Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley|28259132|Chaos Monkeys Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley|Antonio Garcia Martinez|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1465404348s/28259132.jpg|48297249], which is written by someone with no journalistic history but weaves a much more interesting story. Both of the books come from exceedingly cynical writers, but Chaos Monkeys is far more entertaining.

There's also a fair bit of cognitive dissonance contained. It was funny to read the author railing against ageism in the industry but then in the same breath speaking indignantly about how someone younger than him could possibly be his boss. His continued attacks at the lack of diversity in his workplace are also perplexing, coming from a white guy that has done nothing to try to address the problem.

Overall I get the feeling that Lyons may actually be as insufferable as some of his coworkers say. ( )
  rsanek | Dec 26, 2020 |
This book was really amusing and kind of scary for lots of different reasons. Both Lyons and HubSpot came across as kind of insufferable, but Lyons also said a lot of what I would have been thinking in his position. HubSpot sounds like a seriously awful place to work. After I finished the book, I read through their website and "Culture Code" and it's just as exhausting as I thought it would be. It's so twee and enthusiastic and self-congratulatory. I would really hate to work there. I also read HubSpot's response to the book (called "Undisrupted" - uuugh) and the writing style is the same there. I don't know how to describe it perfectly but the word insufferable pops up a lot in my head. I'm glad they apologized for calling it a "graduation" whenever someone quit or was fired, though, that was pretty ridiculous. I also did not realize how many startups make MILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars for investors without even turning a profit...I mean I really have no idea how business works but doesn't it kind of seem like a scam if a small number of people can make such an insane amount on a company that loses money? Maybe this is just how it is now but it doesn't sound like it's great for the employees. And I'm sure it's not this way at all startups but at this one at least it really sounded like people were drinking the kool-aid pretty hard. I feel like it's normal to have some criticisms about your business or place of work, and while there have been lots of places I've loved working at, there haven't been any that I've thought were perfect or where I thought nothing could have been improved. Lyons reporting of the cruelty of the company sounded legit to me, and it makes the cheery emphasis on "delightion" that they put forward as their brand even more cult-ish. On the other hand, Lyons felt like an entitled old who misses the old days when you could talk at work about firing your nanny because she made your wife uncomfortable and not have coworkers think that was gross. But I am more on his side than HubSpot's, mainly because he's one person and they are a company, and their brand even outside of what Lyons wrote about it feels creepy to me...or at least just really annoying. Lyons could probably stand to get his head out of his ass a little bit, because I'm sure many of the jokes he cracked to lighten the mood deserved the blank stares they got, but I feel like this was probably the worst place he could have ended up after journalism. A startup that was less ridiculous and felt more like a business might have gotten him to think about some of the notions he had about how to joke/banter with coworkers in a funny and respectful way in the 21st century, but as it was, there was no way for him to tell what was politically correct for 2015 and what was definitely ridiculous. He did reach out to friends and colleagues to ask about some of the stuff he encountered to be sure that his feelings about them were not overreactions, but the absurdity of HubSpot didn't leave a lot of room for nuance.

I also did think briefly about whether or not it makes me cynical or joyless to not be on board with "delightion" or sending emails with many exclamation points to praise all my coworkers for the AWESOME jobs they're doing!!!!!!! and I think I'm good. I mean, I think I'd rather get my joy elsewhere. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
I read the first 45 minutes of this book after hearing his interviews about it. What you don't get from the interviews but do get from the first 45 minutes is that he went into the company with a gigantic holier than thou attitude and clear expectations that the people who hired him (who HE recruited) were fools and idiots who were beneath his dignity. His taking the job was clearly a mistake. And I don't even care why he stayed there 18 months. I don't need or want to read about thoughtless mean. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
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