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23rd Apr, 2019

Praise for Lab Rats

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Inc magazine puts Lab Rats on its Top Business Books of 2018 list.

Lab Rats wins a coveted Malcolm Tucker Award as the Sweariest Business Book of 2018.

 

23rd Apr, 2019

Kirkus raves about Lab Rats

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Just like Publishers Weekly, the reviewer at Kirkus thought Lab Rats was a fine piece of work, calling it “a passionate indictment of brutal workplace culture.”

23rd Apr, 2019

Publishers Weekly loves Lab Rats and gives it a starred review

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Amazing pre-publication starred review of Lab Rats in Publishers Weekly.

23rd Apr, 2019

“Nothing to lose but their laptops”

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The Economist was the first really “serious” publication that I ever subscribed to, way back in the 1980s. It has always seemed to me to be the best and smartest publication in the world, not just about business but about everything. So I was mightily pleased to get a glowing review for Lab Rats in The Economist, titled, “An entertaining polemic against the tech industry.” I think Lab Rats is a lot more than just that, but anyway. I’ll take […]

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 […]