Dan Lyons

There is probably no better (or funnier!) journalist, author and chronicler of our chaotic digital age than Dan Lyons. Dan’s 2016 bestseller “Disrupted: My Misadventures In The Start-up Bubble,” was a tragicomic romp through his “old guy” experiences working for a hip tech startup.

His latest book is the perfect sequel. “Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable For The Rest of Us” is a witty and well researched examination of how Silicon Valley has  completely changed the way we work, in ways no one ever could have imagined.

Dan Lyons is THE expert on today’s new work culture, and how it’s changing businesses and lives. In Lab Rats, he does a deep dive into Silicon Valley’s new work practices, and what effect it’s having on employees and management alike – prior to 2020. Now his latest keynote on work focuses on the new ways people are working in the post 2020 era, with an emphasis on remote work and the “Digital Nomad” phenomenon. Dan has a new book on the way for a Spring 2023 release date.

Dan’s best-selling book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, became a Silicon Valley classic by 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 energetic, story-driven, takeaway-laden keynote presentations get rave reviews.


Much of this talk is derived from research for his new book (Spring 2023) with some of the cutting edge people involved in remote work, with people who run companies that have been remote since the beginning. He’s also conferenced with “digital nomads” and interviewed government officials in the Canary Islands(!) who are competing to get remote workers. And if that’s not enough, Dan has worked as a contractor and consultant for 2 tech companies to get an experience of what it’s like for an actual employee to be a remote worker. One of those companies? Twitter.

5G and AI: Promise and Peril

What is machine learning, how does it work, and how is it changing our lives? Is the combination of machine learning and 5G mobile telephony a danger or a blessing? Will new technologies lead to dangerous geopolitical upheaval or to marvelous new apps that make our lives immeasurably better? The answer is both. Tech journalist, author and research consultant Dan Lyons explains the promise and peril of two new technologies whose impact will be greater than the Internet itself, and why you should care.