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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.

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Dan Lyons - NY Times Best-Selling Author, FORTUNE Columnist, & Keynote Speaker

Dan Lyons’s latest book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, became an instant New York Times best-seller when it was published in April 2016. The Los Angeles Times called it “the best book about Silicon Valley today.”

Previously Dan was technology editor at Newsweek and a technology reporter at Forbes. In 2006, Dan created The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a blog that evolved into a novel and a cable TV comedy show, Icon, which never made it into production but led to his work on HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley, where he spent two seasons as a screenwriter.

As a journalist Dan has covered emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and fusion energy. At Newsweek and Forbes he wrote about Apple, Google, and Facebook, producing stories on everything from supercomputing to smartphones. He has appeared as a guest on Al Jazeera, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and National Public Radio, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired and the New Yorker.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Dan has published three works of fiction. His last book, Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, was a sharp satire about Silicon Valley, published in 2007 to critical acclaim. His previous books are Dog Days (a novel) and The Last Good Man (short stories). Dan speaks at conferences and events, and has been a lecturer at the University of Michigan. He has a B.A. from Bradford College and an M.F.A. from University of Michigan.

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LAB RATS: HOW SILICON VALLEY MADE WORK MISERABLE FOR THE REST OF US

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At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about “wellness,” millions of workers–in virtually every industry–are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right?

For two years, Lyons ventured in search of answers. From the innovation-crazed headquarters of the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, to a cult-like “Holocracy” workshop in San Francisco, and to corporate trainers who specialize in … Legos, Lyons immersed himself in the often half-baked and frequently lucrative world of what passes for management science today. He shows how new tools, workplace practices, and business models championed by tech’s empathy-impaired power brokers have shattered the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees. These dystopian beliefs–often masked by pithy slogans like “We’re a Team, Not a Family”–have dire consequences: millions of workers who are subject to constant change, dehumanizing technologies–even health risks.

A few companies, however, get it right. With Lab Rats, Lyons makes a passionate plea for business leaders to understand this dangerous transformation, showing how profit and happy employees can indeed coexist.

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DISRUPTED: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLER

For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession – until one Friday morning when his editor at Newsweek  told him that his job as technology editor no longer existed. A kooky, cult-like software startup in Boston offered Dan a pile of stock options and gave him the vague title of “marketing fellow.” What could possibly go wrong? In a word, everything.

Mixed in with Dan’s uproarious tale of a job from hell is a trenchant analysis of startup culture and a poignant, painfully honest account of being middle-aged and struggling to pursue personal reinvention. Disrupted was an instant New York Times best-seller in the United States, and lauded by the Los Angeles Times as “the best book about Silicon Valley today.” It was a hit in the U.K., and has been translated into 11 languages, hailed by critics around the world.

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Michelle Aielli
Executive Director of Publicity
Hachette Books
212-364-1223
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Meeting Planners page