Dan Lyons is an author, screenwriter and humorist who has been called “the Mark Twain of Silicon Valley,” and “a Jonathan Swift for our own digital age.” His memoir, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, was an instant New York Times best-seller and has been translated into a dozen languages. The Los Angeles Times hailed Disrupted as “the best book about Silicon Valley today.” Dan’s critically acclaimed follow-up, Lab Rats: Tech Gurus, Junk Science, Management Fads — My Quest to Make Work Less Miserable, has been sold in markets around the world and was praised by The Economist as “an entertaining polemic against the tech industry.” Dave Ramsay, host of the long-running “Ramsay Talks” speaker series in Toronto, calls Dan “the expert on the culture of work, and how it’s changing business and lives.”
Dan spent two seasons writing for HBO’s award-winning comedy series, Silicon Valley. His career as a comedy writer began when he created The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a blog that drew 1.5 million monthly readers and evolved into a novel, which evolved into a cable TV comedy project, Icon. In the course of an eclectic career Dan also has worked as a journalist at Newsweek, Forbes, and Fortune. He pens op-eds for the New York Times on subjects like “bro culture” and workaholism in Silicon Valley. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. He’s fascinated by advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as workplace culture, new business models, technological transformation, economic disruption, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Dan has appeared as a tech commentator on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, Fox Business News, and National Public Radio. He has been profiled in countless publications around the world, including Der Spiegel, L’Obs, BusinessWeek, Wired, and Yeditot Achronot, and was a guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Over the past decade he has entertained audiences with his irreverent, laugh-out-loud takes on tech and culture at more than 100 conferences and corporate events, including Bitspiration, DLD, CEBIT, SXSW Interactive, Thinking Digital. He has given talks at Google, Microsoft, and Ford. He’s known for being both smart and funny, blending sharp analysis and analysis with entertaining rapid-fire riffs.
Dan has published three works of fiction. His critically acclaimed novel, Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, was a sharp satire about Silicon Valley and earned him comparisons to Cervantes and Tom Wolfe. His previous books are Dog Days, a novel, and The Last Good Man, a collection of short stories. Dan has a B.A. from Bradford College and an M.F.A. from University of Michigan. He lives in Boston.