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

New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons exposes how the "new oligarchs" of Silicon Valley have turned technology into a tool for oppressing workers in this "passionate" (Kirkus) and "darkly funny" (Publishers Weekly) examination of workplace culture. At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtually New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons exposes how the "new oligarchs" of Silicon Valley have turned technolo...

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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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

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

  • Alison Kenney
    Dec 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jordan
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

  • Karen
    Dec 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

  • Miki Ion
    Dec 02, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

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  • Kaupo Lepasepp
    Dec 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

    ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Brian
    Dec 09, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Carol Cooney
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Joseph
    Dec 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

  • Elisabeth
    Nov 01, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

    ...

    ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Daniel
    Nov 19, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Miha Rekar
    Nov 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

  • Faisal
    Sep 16, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Michael Norwitz
    Nov 17, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

  • Sudhir Bharadhwaj
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

  • Barbara
    Nov 19, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Steven Ridgely
    Oct 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

  • Kathleen
    Oct 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

  • Tim Swift
    Dec 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

  • Peter
    Nov 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...

    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...

    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...

    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...

    A very different book from Disrupted. Much more serious. It showcases the real bad sides of the Silicon Valley as some of the good ones. Like Basecamp and Patagonia. Enjoyed it a lot! ...

    Interesting read, but depressing. ...

    Great book describes the greed that ruined software development ...

    Loved it! Every CEO and employee of any company should read this book to better the culture in their own workplace. I will be reading this again when I have my own company. Overdrive ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Dan is a terrific writer and there is a LOT of good research in this book. There's also a lot of depressing anecdotes. ...

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