Articles by Dan Lyons

5th Dec, 2017

Startups: Still White, Still Young, Still Incredibly Pleased With Themselves

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Business Insider just published a list of the “50 Best Small Companies to Work For of 2017, According to Employees.” A bunch of the companies sent photos of their shiny, happy employees. As I scrolled through the photos, I started to notice something. It’s kind of a … pattern. See if you can spot it.

The #1 top company is Periscope Data, in San Francisco. These folks are having a blast! Woo-hoo!

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Here’s #12, […]

2nd Nov, 2017

In Tech, 9-to-5 Is for Losers!

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A few months ago I wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about workaholism in Silicon Valley. It’s true that workaholism isn’t new. What is new is the way it is celebrated as an appealing lifestyle. You can read the article here. And here’s a money quote:

A century ago, factory workers were forming unions and going on strike to demand better conditions and a limit on hours. Today, Silicon Valley […]

2nd Nov, 2017

Why Older Workers Still Matter

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This fall I gave a talk at a conference hosted by Degreed, a software company in the learning-and-development space. The talk had two parts. One, what it’s like to be a Gen-X or Boomer trying to hang on in the workplace and deal with so much change. Two, how a Gen-X or Boomer employee can learn, grow, reinvent, and remain relevant. And look, I’m wearing a suit!

 

2nd Nov, 2017

Talk: Why the Silicon Valley Business Model Creates Income Inequality

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My talk at the Open Source Leadership Summit went well enough that they asked me to come back and speak at the Open Source Summit, in Los Angeles, over the summer. This talk is a lot like the one I gave in Tahoe but I think it’s a bit more polished. Enjoy!

2nd Nov, 2017

OSLF Talk: Stallman Was Right!

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Last winter I gave a talk at the Open Source Leadership Forum, which took place at Squaw Valley. It was an incredible event. I got to see Linus Torvalds talk and then afterward, my son and I met him. Linus has been a hero of mine for a long time, and while I’ve spoken to him on the phone, I’d never met him in person.

Here is the video of my talk:

8th Oct, 2017

An apology

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Like so many others, I find myself responding to comments that I made in private emails a few years back that I very much regret. I wish I had not made remarks that are derogatory and hurtful to many, which was never my intent. I’m sorry and extend my apologies to all.       — Dan Lyons

3rd Aug, 2017

What’s wrong with startup culture: A video

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Last winter I was invited to give a talk at the Open Source Leadership Forum, which was held at a very nice resort at Squaw Valley. The audience were hardcore techies, but I talked about my book and about dysfunction in startups and venture capital. Recently the organization put the talk up on YouTube, and much to my surprise it has been getting some attention.

The biggest challenge of the talk was that I wrote it thinking I had 40 minutes […]

3rd Apr, 2017

Tech Bros and the Start-Ups They Ruin

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I was fortunate yesterday to have an op-ed piece published in the Sunday New York Times. The headline was, “Jerks and the Start-Ups They Ruin.” My basic argument is that the problem with tech bros is not that they’re jerks, it’s that they don’t know how to run companies. They’re not very good at business. Some privately held venture-funded tech unicorns (eg Uber) now have presumed market valuations bigger than the market value […]

27th Mar, 2017

God I hate it when they send the wrong dog pillows

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Ever since I published Disrupted, people have been writing to tell me their own stories about kooky workplace culture. Here’s one that just came in over the transom, from a person who works in a tech company in San Francisco:

I ran into our office manager in the elevator lobby today and she was all upset. I asked “what’s wrong?” She says: “It’s dog day tomorrow, and the pillow cases I ordered for the dog pillows aren’t the right size.” Dog-pillow […]

17th Mar, 2017

On Bros and Unicorns

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I want to share one image that I showed during my talk at SXSW about “Ending Bro Culture in Startup Land.” It’s a simple graphic. I made a list of the top 16 tech unicorns in the United States, and grabbed a photo of each company’s CEO, then put them on a slide. VCs swear they’re not “pattern matching” when they make investments, that they’re open to diversity, that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy. I think it’s a case of, […]