Dan Lyons

• The expert on transformation and the tech-driven workplace

• Author of Disrupted, Lab Rats and STFU

• Writer on Silicon Valley

Dan Lyons has been called “the Mark Twain of Silicon Valley,” and “a Jonathan Swift of our own digital age,” as well “the expert on the culture of work, and how it’s changing business and lives,” according to Dave Ramsay, who runs the legendary “Ramsay Talks” series in Toronto. He’s a sharp-eyed pundit in the spirit of Dave Barry, P.J. O’Rourke, Jon Stewart, and Bill Maher. But instead of politics, Dan aims his laser-sharp wit at the world of business, and especially the culture of Silicon Valley. Over the past decade Dan has done more than 100 keynotes and corporate events, entertaining audiences with his irreverent, insightful takes on how technology is transforming the modern workplace—for better and worse. He has also consulted with tech companies and his ideas have helped companies create happy, productive people-centric cultures. He is the author of several books, including STFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World (2023).

Dan’s career as a satirist began when he created the Fake Steve Jobs blog, a smart-funny website where he spoofed the persona of Apple’s legendary founder and established his reputation as a gifted humorist and savvy critic of how technology shapes our culture. He wrote for HBO’s hit series Silicon Valley, and published Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, a rollicking New York Times best-selling memoir about his time working inside a cult-like tech startup run by Millennials. He published Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us in 2018. Dan has written for the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and many others. He’s quick on his feet, loves doing Q&A, and will have your audience in stitches with his rapid-fire delivery and self-deprecating wit. He aims to entertain but also to inform, leaving your audience with new ideas and a fresh perspective

Follow him on Twitter @realdanlyons

Speech topics

The Future of Work: Unlocking Human Potential

The big conversation about remote work is important, but there's a much bigger story that most of us are missing. New ways of working will transform society and the global economy, redirecting the way wealth is distributed around the world and changing the definition of the corporation itself, with all the usual disruptive implications for incumbents. Most important, we are creating new opportunities for people who have been shut out, and we're unlocking human potential. Dan Lyons has spent the past decade explaining how technology is transforming the workplace. His best-selling book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, became a Silicon Valley classic, blending a laugh-out-loud personal story with influential insights that have helped companies create happy, productive workplace cultures. Dan has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, NPR and the BBC. In addition to authoring six books, Dan has consulted with tech companies, written for HBO’s hit comedy series, “Silicon Valley,” and led technology coverage for Newsweek. His funny, energetic, story-driven, takeaway-laden presentations get rave reviews.

How to tell a story

A brand is a story. An IPO is a story. A career is a story. What is your story and how will you tell it? All great stories contain the same elements and structure, and anyone can become a master storyteller—once you have cracked the code and learned the hidden formula that drives Greek myths, Harry Potter novels, Star Wars movies, Wall Street Journal articles, and even Rolex advertisements. How can you persuade journalists to write about your company? How can the storytelling formula transform every part of your business—sales, marketing, customer support, internal communications? Dan Lyons is a multi-format storyteller: an international bestselling author, Hollywood comedy screenwriter who wrote for HBO’s hit show Silicon Valley, and creator of the legendary Fake Steve Jobs blog, which earned him accolades as “the Mark Twain of Silicon Valley,” and “the Jonathan Swift of our digital age.” Dan also has been a journalist, a marketer, a media consultant, and even a creative writing lecturer at the University of Michigan—and he draws upon all those experiences to deliver a master class in corporate storytelling.

Blockbusters and Breakthroughs: How Hollywood and Silicon Valley turn “happy accidents” into successful products

Dan Lyons has been called “the Mark Twain of Silicon Valley” for his comical insights into the tech industry’s quirks, foibles and amazing creative energy. An ace humorist and storyteller, Dan became famous for creating a blog where he pretended to be Steve Jobs, then worked as a writer and co-producer for HBO’s award-winning comedy Silicon Valley, and after that penned a best-selling memoir about startup insanity. He talks about the creative process, the art of storytelling, how Hollywood and Silicon Valley turn “happy accidents” into breakthroughs, and “why weirdness and wonder are two sides of the same coin.” You’ll laugh a lot — and learn a lot.

Books

STFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World

Susan Cain meets Mark Manson in New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons’s STFU—a desperately needed wake-up call for a world that demands we keep tweeting, posting, and podcasting that proves the most important thing might be to shut the f*ck up!

Please don't take this the wrong way, but Dan Lyons is here to tell you that you really need to shut the f*ck up.

What do Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jeff Bezos, and Anna Wintour all have in common? Yes, power, fame, and prestige, but they all know the importance of shutting up. RBG’s clerks learned to count for two seconds after asking her a question, allowing moments of quiet to fill the room before she chose her perfectly clear argument. Anna Wintour’s steely silences in meetings have earned her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour,” and Jeff Bezos handles any corporate complaints he receives with a direct email forward to the person at fault with an ominous single “?” These leaders know that in silence there is power, and in listening there is strength.

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

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.

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

An instant New York Times bestseller, Dan Lyons' "hysterical" (Recode) memoir, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "the best book about Silicon Valley," takes readers inside the maddening world of fad-chasing venture capitalists, sales bros, social climbers, and sociopaths at today's tech startups.

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