Tuesday July 14, 2020

A glimpse into the maw of the Silicon Valley machine

Lab Rats is a warning against rampant greed, and a study of how the tech industry’s increasingly brutal practices are taking a toll on its workforce

27th January, 2019

Technology: Lab Rats, By Dan Lyons, Atlantic Books, €21

In 2016, Dan Lyons published Disrupted, his account of a year spent working at “inbound marketing” company Hubspot. The book showcased the tech industry at its most dystopian: a hive of cult-style brainwashing, nonsensical management techniques (one co-founder brought a teddy bear to meetings as a prop) and nauseating, infantilising company jargon (employees are “graduated” instead of being let go).

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