About Dan

Dan Lyons is a humorist, journalist, and screenwriter. He has been called “the Mark Twain of Silicon Valley,” and “Jonathan Swift for our own digital age.” He’s a sharp-eyed, cynical humorist in the spirit of Dave Barry, Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. But instead of politics, Dan aims his laser-sharp wit at the world of business, and especially Silicon Valley. Over the past decade Dan has given dozens of keynotes, entertaining audiences with his smart-funny takes on tech and the modern workplace. Dan is “the expert on the culture of work, and how it’s changing business and lives,” says Dave Ramsay, who runs the “Ramsay Talks” series in Toronto.

Dan’s career as a satirist began when he created the Fake Steve Jobs blog where he spoofed the persona of Apple’s legendary founder and established his reputation as a gifted humorist and savvy critic of how technology shapes our culture. He wrote for HBO’s hit series Silicon Valley, and published Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, a rollicking New York Times best-selling memoir about his time working inside a cult-like tech startup run by Millennials. Dan has written for the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and many others. He’s quick on his feet, loves doing Q&A, and will have your audience in stitches with his laugh-out-loud stories and self-deprecating wit. He aims to entertain but also to inform, leaving your audience with new ideas and a fresh perspective.

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

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

Dan Lyons’s hilarious memoir, “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.” He followed up with “Lab Rats: Tech Gurus, Junk Science and Management Fads — My Quest to Make Work Less Miserable.” Together they present a smart-funny take on modern work, disruption, technology, and the culture of Silicon Valley.

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. He spent two seasons as a screenwriter on HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley.

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.

Dan has published three works of fiction. Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim, earning him comparisons to literary heavyweights like Voltaire, Cervantes and Jonathan Swift. His previous books are Dog Days (a novel) and The Last Good Man (short stories). Dan 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

Lab Rats Book

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.

“The best book about Silicon Valley today.”
– Los Angeles Times

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Speaking Engagements

If you’d like to contact Dan for a speaking engagement, please visit BrightSight Group.

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Tom Neilssen
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Overall Representation

Dan Lyons is represented by Christy Fletcher at Fletcher and Co.

Fletcher and Co.
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New York, NY 10011


Talent, Film & Television

       Dan Lyons is represented by ICM Partners.


Book Publicity

For inquiries related to Disrupted or Lab Rats please contact:

Michelle Aielli
Executive Director of Publicity
Hachette Book Group
212-364-1223
michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com


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For book publicity inquiries, please contact:

Michelle Aielli
Executive Director of Publicity
Hachette Books
212-364-1223
michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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