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Dan Lyons

Tech Journalist and Best-selling Author, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Acclaimed journalist, best-selling author, hit comedy screenwriter and “corporate anthropologist,” Dan Lyons delivers sharp, funny, insightful commentary on technology and corporate culture. A gifted humorist and natural storyteller, Dan offers lessons for surviving and thriving in an age of tech-driven disruption and change.

Disrupted: What Makes a Unicorn

Silicon Valley venture capitalists have a name for start-ups that achieve a valuation of more than $1 billion. They’re called “unicorns.” These hard-charging young companies generate massive wealth for investors – and they do it by wreaking havoc on bigger, more established rivals.

How do these Davids outcompete the Goliaths? What’s in their DNA that makes them special? What can we learn from them? Veteran tech journalist Dan Lyons reckoned the best way to crack the unicorn code was to work for one of these companies and experience start-up culture firsthand. This is a heartfelt talk about reinvention, innovation, and creativity, as well as a guide for how to survive – and even thrive – in an era of chaos and change.

Meet Dan Lyons

Acclaimed journalist, best-selling author, hit comedy screenwriter and “corporate anthropologist,” Dan Lyons delivers sharp, funny, insightful commentary on technology and corporate culture. A gifted humorist and natural storyteller, Dan offers lessons for surviving and thriving in an age of tech-driven disruption and change.

Dan Lyons is the author of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the best book about Silicon Valley today.” He was also a writer and producer on HBO’s hit comedy, Silicon Valley. Dan has worked in marketing for a tech “unicorn” and is often asked to share his unique perspective on start-up culture, entrepreneurism, and workplace innovations. He has written for Forbes, Newsweek, Fortune, and other top publications.

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