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Former magazine writer Dan Lyons’s memoir about his midlife career switch from journalism to tech marketing is a hilarious fish-out-of-water story with dark overtones. After losing his job at Newsweek at age 51, Lyons took a job with the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software developer HubSpot. Lyons, now a writer for the HBO series Silicon Valley, is a witty, sarcastic observer. He finds plenty of comedy in his clashes with an ostentatiously upbeat corporate culture that he describes as a cross between a preschool and a cult. He exposes the technology industry’s pervasive ageism, an atmosphere where employees become expendable at 50. As Lyons follows HubSpot’s quest for an IPO, he explores the deranged economics of the dot-com bubble, in which founders and investors can take money-losing companies public and walk away with millions. getAbstract recommends this fun autobiographical account to entrepreneurs, investors, tech marketers and career changers who don’t mind laughing and cringing at the same time.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Dan Lyons went from a career in journalism to developing marketing content at a tech start-up,
  • Why older workers find it difficult to thrive in the culture of the tech industry and
  • Why the dot-com bubble’s economics are unsustainable.

About the Author

A former writer for the HBO series Silicon Valley, Dan Lyons is a columnist at Fortune magazine and a frequent corporate speaker on management and work culture.



“Washed Up”
In 2012, like a growing number of middle-aged professionals, Dan Lyons lost his job. He’d been a tech-business reporter at Newsweek, which, like other stalwarts in print journalism, struggled in the era of the Internet. At 51, Lyons had suddenly become what Newsweek...

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