Juts finished reading Dan Lyons's Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble. It outlines his experience working with Hubspot, it's frat culture, and silicon valley startups in general.
This is an interesting book with a lot of interesting inside scoop about working in one of the hottest marketing companies in the world.
A few points that stand out
- There's heavy age bias inside Hubspot. People over 30 are considered old
- Hubspot product was sub standard until early 2014. Their engineers couldn't run simple queries because the system would "blow up" and face downtime.
- For a product that claims to help people get rid of email spam and reduce costs through inbound marketing, Hubspot used hard hitting sales tactics and employed several low-paid sales people to make calls. This is substantiated by people commenting on my Hubspot review about the high-pressure sales tactics
- Most people don't really have a long term vision. They only care about the hard targets they have
- Their HEART and other values are PR BS. It's not practised at all. The author claims it's a poor attempt to copy Google
He also points out the general valley startup mentality of prioritizing growth over sound business metrics.
Dan Lyons has written it in a comic way. However, the point he drives is very valid.
What do you think?
Here's the direct link to Amazon page if you'd like to purchase it and read it.