Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

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 Co At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtual...

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Title:Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us
Author:Dan Lyons
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:031656186X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us Reviews

  • Hien Le
    Feb 18, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...

    I've liked Dan's previous memoir Disrupted that serves as a prequel to this. That book sprang from personal experiences (that while heavily biased) lended truth to the farce he lived through. This volume comes off as an aimless survey by an angry old man and his hate of everything new....

  • Brita
    Sep 06, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...

  • Glenn
    Feb 09, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

  • Kent Winward
    Nov 14, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

  • Sharon
    Sep 15, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

  • David
    Oct 22, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

  • Ann
    Nov 11, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

  • Richard Thompson
    Jan 28, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...

    I've liked Dan's previous memoir Disrupted that serves as a prequel to this. That book sprang from personal experiences (that while heavily biased) lended truth to the farce he lived through. This volume comes off as an aimless survey by an angry old man and his hate of everything new....

    Just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings. As someone who works in tech/start-up space (though outside of America), I could see how some things were relatable or seen, particularly on Growth. However, rather than a person giving sound and logical arguments, I just had the impr...

    From the Goodreads Blurb: 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 ...

  • Popup-ch
    Jan 31, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

  • Daniel
    Feb 13, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

  • Iurii
    Nov 08, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

  • Carol
    Nov 12, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

  • David Churbuck
    Oct 30, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

  • Christa
    Jan 21, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...

    I've liked Dan's previous memoir Disrupted that serves as a prequel to this. That book sprang from personal experiences (that while heavily biased) lended truth to the farce he lived through. This volume comes off as an aimless survey by an angry old man and his hate of everything new....

    Just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings. As someone who works in tech/start-up space (though outside of America), I could see how some things were relatable or seen, particularly on Growth. However, rather than a person giving sound and logical arguments, I just had the impr...

    From the Goodreads Blurb: 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 ...

    I don't agree with a great deal of this book, but I feel it was important to read it. I've been reading lots of heavily researched books lately, like American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus ...

    A chilling follow-up to Lyons' "Disrupted," "Lab Rats" goes broad rather than deep, condensing troubling trends in its first 2/3 and offering some suggestions for change in its final 1/3. Regrettably, labor unions capture only a paragraph in the book, and not as a solution; Lyons leave...

  • Greg
    Oct 23, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

  • Bob Varettoni
    Oct 27, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

  • Rob Enderle
    Nov 04, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

  • Ro Laberee
    Jan 27, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

  • Hải
    Nov 07, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

  • Cropredy
    Jan 06, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

  • Meagan Houle
    Jan 27, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

  • Koen Wellens
    Jan 17, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...

    I've liked Dan's previous memoir Disrupted that serves as a prequel to this. That book sprang from personal experiences (that while heavily biased) lended truth to the farce he lived through. This volume comes off as an aimless survey by an angry old man and his hate of everything new....

    Just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings. As someone who works in tech/start-up space (though outside of America), I could see how some things were relatable or seen, particularly on Growth. However, rather than a person giving sound and logical arguments, I just had the impr...

    From the Goodreads Blurb: 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 ...

    I don't agree with a great deal of this book, but I feel it was important to read it. I've been reading lots of heavily researched books lately, like American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus ...

    A chilling follow-up to Lyons' "Disrupted," "Lab Rats" goes broad rather than deep, condensing troubling trends in its first 2/3 and offering some suggestions for change in its final 1/3. Regrettably, labor unions capture only a paragraph in the book, and not as a solution; Lyons leave...

    Dan Lyons makes a great speech about how current tech companies are ruining the industry for not only employees, but for everyone. He makes good arguments on why we should stop just adopting the so-called newest tips and tricks about modern management. I agree that we should stop fi...

  • Ben Jakuben
    Jan 05, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

  • Mbogo J
    Jan 28, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

  • Venky
    Feb 02, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

  • Ron
    Jan 15, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

  • GM
    Feb 09, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...

    I've liked Dan's previous memoir Disrupted that serves as a prequel to this. That book sprang from personal experiences (that while heavily biased) lended truth to the farce he lived through. This volume comes off as an aimless survey by an angry old man and his hate of everything new....

    Just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings. As someone who works in tech/start-up space (though outside of America), I could see how some things were relatable or seen, particularly on Growth. However, rather than a person giving sound and logical arguments, I just had the impr...

  • Max Metral
    Dec 31, 2018

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...

    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...

    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...

    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...

    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...

    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...

    I've liked Dan's previous memoir Disrupted that serves as a prequel to this. That book sprang from personal experiences (that while heavily biased) lended truth to the farce he lived through. This volume comes off as an aimless survey by an angry old man and his hate of everything new....

    Just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings. As someone who works in tech/start-up space (though outside of America), I could see how some things were relatable or seen, particularly on Growth. However, rather than a person giving sound and logical arguments, I just had the impr...

    From the Goodreads Blurb: 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 ...

    I don't agree with a great deal of this book, but I feel it was important to read it. I've been reading lots of heavily researched books lately, like American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus ...

  • Rajiv Bais
    Feb 12, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...

    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...

    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...

    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...

    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...

    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...

    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...

  • Marks54
    Feb 09, 2019

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...

    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...

    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...