Dan Lyons, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, in conversation with Joshua Davis

Dan Lyons, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, in conversation with Joshua Davis
Event on 2016-04-13 19:30:00
Do you think Silicon Valley needs a reality check? Is there a hollow core beyond SV's flashy rhetoric, sky-high valuations, and "disruptive innovation?" Is it all (once again), just a big bubble? If you're questioning the SV kool-aid or simply don't hate being wildly entertained, join us for an evening with Dan Lyons.

Dan is a longtime tech journalist, a writer on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and is the man behind the virally famous “Fake Steve Jobs” blog. After Dan was unceremoniously let go by his longtime employer Newsweek, he went to work for Boston-based startup HubSpot, where he encountered a new media culture that was so foreign to him, it might as well have been another planet. Then he wrote Disrupted, a book so explosive and so insider, HubSpot tried to steal it.

Disrupted is not just about one company and its eccentric, vapid culture – and Dan's failed attempt to reinvent himself as a start-up marketing guru. It's about the whole strange "bozofication" of tech: the "graspers and self-promoters, shameless resume padders," the "growth hackers and creative rockstar interns," and "spray and pray" venture capitalists and "wantrepreneurs" who populate the ranks of the tech industry's hottest companies. It's also about the challenges that many mid-career workers face- of finding yourself among the "beached white males" forced to reinvent your career just when you should be able to mail it in a little.

Come find out why 1+1 does not actually equal 3.

Joshua Davis is an SF-based contributing editor for Wired magazine, a Stanford alum, and the cofounder of Epic magazine (www.epicmagazine.com). He is the author of The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions and Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream. In 2014, his work for Wired was nominated for a National Magazine Award for feature writing.

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