- Capa comum: 272 páginas
- Editora: Hachette Books; Edição: Reprint (7 de março de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0316306096
- ISBN-13: 978-0316306096
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 1,6 x 21 cm
- Peso do produto: 136 g
- Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: no. 97,057 em Livros (Conheça o Top 100 na categoria Livros)
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble (Inglês) Capa Comum – 7 mar 2017
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If you find yourself considering employment at a similar company, and if you're "old" (over 40 and certainly over 50), please read this book before you sign anything or accept any job offers. It's a cautionary tale that is the most perfect description of the current startup "culture" I've ever read. It made my blood boil while reading it, and at the same time I found myself laughing out loud throughout.
The book is a remarkable achievement, giving both prospective employees and investors a razor-sharp look inside a hellhole that seems so pleasant from its exterior. I loved this book and hope all my former, present and future colleagues take the time to read it.
Entertainment: Disrupted caused me to laugh out loud more often than any other book has ever caused me to laugh out loud. Would you expect less from a writer for the TV show Silicon Valley? Reading Disrupted is like binge-watching SV, only this company is a REAL place, which makes it even better.
Important social issues: Disrupted also raises a couple of troubling issues that surely extend far beyond the culture of this one company. The first is what appears to be a false promise of meaningful work to young people who desperately want to be doing meaningful work, but who are really just making a couple of people very, very wealthy. There's a smoke-and-mirrors quality to the ways in which employees are recruited, trained, treated, and then "graduated" (Hubspot's term for "fired"). They're told that the work they'll be doing is changing the world (when really what they're doing is online advertising), that Hubspot is more selective than Harvard (when this is actually a severe distortion of the data), and so on. The perks used to attract employees include an 'awesome!!!' candy wall, shower pods, beer, nerf gun battles, etc. You quickly get the sense that the work is empty, meaningless, even soulless -- and that what it's really about is making a couple of guys very, very rich (which I would be okay with IF the work truly were meaningful and IF the employees truly were being treated as individual humans, not as hypnotized sheep.)
Second, Dan is brave enough to bring up another important issue in startup culture: ageism. Older people are seen as having nothing to contribute. The age discrimination is actually shockingly overt. Imagine saying, "I want to run a company that really attracts people with blue eyes, because people with brown eyes just aren't creative." You'd (probably) never say something like that. But people who run this company openly say that about young people versus older people. I'm glad Dan is talking about it, because someone needed to start that conversation.
No, the story you get here is the 21-st century Alice-in-Wonderland story. Wonderland here is a startup creaking at the seams while being dragged kicking and screaming towards IPO. HubSpot is shrouded in a veneer of company patriotism and moral superiority that would make a soviet apparatchik green with envy.
Told with the brand of dark humor that made Lyons' Fake Steve Jobs so irresistible, it's hard to blame anyone for being unable to put it down.