The startup world is renowned for its unique workplace culture, buzzwords and weird pitches. Now, a new book details one journalist’s time at one such company. Dan Lyons talks about his ‘year in Startup Hell’ over on Fortune.
After reading the piece I concluded that Dan Lyon’s is a huge dick. Like seriously, shut the fuck up. I read the whole piece and I still don’t understand what was “hell” about working at HubSpot. His biggest complaints are the work environment was too relaxed, he didn’t agree with the decor, and didn’t like how the company bills itself - seriously? By all intents and purposes it sounds like the company treated him well during his tenure there.
I would argue that his complaints are positive changes and I would hope they would become a part of mainstream work culture. Shifting from the traditional cubicle space environment to something more open is a positive, trying to instill a sense of purpose and meaning above monetary gain into it’s culture is a positive, using kinder language for sensitive topics is a positive.
The only thing that he could actually hold against HubSpot is the shitty wages it pays it’s entry level employees. Being the entitled Baby Boomer Lyon’s is he of course brushes that off and blames shitty wages on Millennial’s. Of course some old hack like him would think Millenial’s are a group dumb enough to accept a low wage job in exchange for free beer and a foosball table instead of recognizing the overall trend of depressing wages and less economic opportunity for the group.
What an entitled piece of shit this asswipe is.