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Dan Lyons

Silicon Valley

Dan Lyons
Writer and Co-Producer
Silicon Valley


Dan Lyons is a writer and co-producer of HBO’s hit show Silicon Valley and the author of the book “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble,” a hilarious story of self-reinvention and a definitive account of life in the tech bubble. He previously served as technology editor of Newsweek, a technology columnist at Forbes, and editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, one of the world’s top tech news sites.

He is an expert on consumer tech (Apple, Google, social media, mobile computing) as well as esoteric topics like fusion energy and supercomputers. He is fascinated by artificial intelligence, robotics and the Singularity movement. He was featured in a recent Discovery Channel documentary about the Singularity, and has appeared as a guest on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and National Public Radio.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Lyons has published three works of fiction and works in screenwriting for television. His book “Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs,” a sharp send-up of Silicon Valley, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim. His previous books are “Dog Days” (a novel) and “The Last Good Man” (short stories). As a fiction writer, Lyons has been the recipient of both a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship and the somewhat notorious Playboy College Fiction Prize. He also was named one of the “Fabulous 52″ in the 1996 Best Young American Novelists competition sponsored by Granta. His writings have appeared in The New York Times MagazineGQVanity Fair, and Wired.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Lyons has published three works of fiction and works in screenwriting for television. His book Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a sharp send-up of Silicon Valley, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim. His previous books are Dog Days (a novel) and The Last Good Man (short stories). As a fiction writer, Lyons has been the recipient of both a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship and the somewhat notorious Playboy College Fiction Prize. He also was named one of the “Fabulous 52″ in the 1996 Best Young American Novelists competition sponsored by Granta. His writings have appeared in The New York Times MagazineGQVanity Fair, and Wired.

My Sessions

Why Startups Win: Lessons from Silicon Valley’s New Disruptors

Grand Ballroom D-G

Across every industry, from retail to media to finance, incumbent market leaders face the threat of disruption and are racing to reinvent themselves. Many are looking to Silicon Valley startups for inspiration. In this talk, Dan Lyons shares the perspective of a tech industry veteran who spent two years working inside a fast-growing startup “unicorn”…

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