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Dan Lyons

Author of "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble"

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Dan Lyons Biography

Dan Lyons is the author of the NY Times Best-Seller Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble. Disrupted chronicles Lyons' experience as a marketing fellow at HubSpot, a Cambridge, Mass., software company.

Prior to his stint at HubSpot, Lyons was an editor of ReadWrite, a well-known tech blog. Lyons also served as a technology editor at Newsweek, and before that, he spent a decade covering technology for Forbes. Along the way, Lyons made some waves with a groundbreaking blog, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, which drew as many as 1.5 million visitors each month. Writing in the voice of a character called "Fake Steve Jobs." He began his tech writing career for PC Week in the 1980s.

As a tech journalist, Lyons covered everything from supercomputing to smartphones, writing Newsweek cover stories on Apple's iPad and Google's Android operating system, as well as important features on Facebook and Twitter. Lyons is fascinated by artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Singularity movement and was featured in a Discovery Channel documentary about the Singularity.

He has appeared as a guest on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and National Public Radio. Dan has written for a wide range of publications, including the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired and many technology trade publications.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Lyons' published three works of fiction and done some screenwriting for television. He has written an episode HBO's "Silicon Valley*. last book, "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs," was a sharp satire about Silicon Valley, 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.

Lyons has spoken at corporate campuses and industry conferences and events, including the Web 2.0 Expo and Thinking Digital in Newcastle, England. He has taught at the University of Michigan. He has a B.A. (in "extremely liberal arts") from Bradford College and an M.F.A. from University of Michigan.

Speaking Topics
  • Selling to Cyborgs: How Business Must Adapt to the World of Google Glass and Constant Connection

    Can you imagine being surrounded by intelligent sensors and interacting with them as easily as you talk with the people around you? Can you imagine being connected to the Internet so intimately and so constantly that you become part of it? Can you imagine glasses that connect you to a supercomputer and augment your intelligence so profoundly that you won't want to live without them? This world is just around the corner, and the Internet itself is going through a massive evolutionary leap into what author and technology expert Dan Lyons calls "the immersive Internet." It's a world where voice commands and gestures replace keyboards, where wearable computers and the "Internet of things" embed intelligence into everything around us, giving us profound new power to control our environment. In this thought-provoking talk, Lyons describes the emerging products in this space (Leap Motion's 3D controller, Google's Project Glass, Nest's "learning thermostat," the nascent "no user interface" movement, voice technology from Apple, Google and Nuance) and explores implications both profound and practical. Will all this technology change what it means to be human? Will it widen the "digital divide" between technology haves and have-nots? How will companies market to consumers who are empowered with so much information and computing power? How will we "sell to cyborgs"? This dazzling view of the future will leave your audience informed, inspired — and maybe a little bit freaked out.

  • The Social-Mobile Revolution: The New Mass Medium That Is Changing the Way We Work, Shop, Learn and Do Business

    By 2013 there will be 1 billion smartphones on the planet, and by the end of this decade that number may soar to 5 billion. What happens when almost everyone on the planet is constantly connected to the Internet, and to each other, via social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+? What's being created is a new mass medium that changes virtually everything about our society. This new platform, with its ubiquitous, constant, peer-to-peer connections, is disrupting established industries, forcing us to rethink the definition of friendship and privacy, and utterly reinventing the way we entertain ourselves. Games like Farmville and Mafia Wars may be inane but people are devoting huge amounts of time and spending billions of dollars playing them. Apps like Foursquare are turning life itself into a kind of real-time video game. Sites like YouTube and Facebook have become performance spaces, almost a new kind of TV where everyone can be part of the show. In this entertaining and insightful talk, Dan Lyons explores the profound social implications and huge opportunities created by this new medium, and wonders, Are we ready for this?

  • What Would Steve Do? The 8 Simple Secrets to Apple's Success

    Over the past 15 years Apple has gone from being nearly bankrupt to being the biggest company in the world, with a market value exceeding half a trillion dollars. How did they do it? Dan Lyons, author of the critically acclaimed book, "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs," and one of the world's top experts on all things Apple, explains the simple principles that enabled Steve Jobs to lead Apple through the most amazing comeback in corporate history. In this talk, Lyons tells an engaging tale that captures the spirit of Steve Jobs and leaves his audience with eight rules that can be applied in any organization or industry. Why did Steve Jobs shun focus groups and trust its own taste instead? How does Apple evoke such strong responses from its fans and get thousands of people to line up outside Apple stores, turning each new product release into a kind of cultural event? Who was the little-known mentor who guided Steve Jobs in the early years of Apple and created the three words that have guided Apple’s marketing philosophy since its origins? Why does Apple dare to take risks while its competitors play it safe? How is that other companies sell products, while Apple sells an experience? What drove Steve Jobs to be such a fanatical perfectionist? Lyons spent five years writing the world’s most popular Apple-centric blog, "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," and hopes that the legacy of Steve Jobs will inspire a new generation of innovators and risk-takers who will dare to "think different."

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

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

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

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

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

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  • What are the speaker fees for Dan Lyons

    Speaking fees for Dan Lyons, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Dan Lyons are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Dan Lyons, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Dan Lyons speak about?

  • Where does Dan Lyons travel from?

    Dan Lyons generally travels from Boston, MA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Dan Lyons’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dan Lyons for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dan Lyons for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Dan Lyons or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Author of "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble"

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Dan Lyons Biography

Dan Lyons is the author of the NY Times Best-Seller Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble. Disrupted chronicles Lyons' experience as a marketing fellow at HubSpot, a Cambridge, Mass., software company.

Prior to his stint at HubSpot, Lyons was an editor of ReadWrite, a well-known tech blog. Lyons also served as a technology editor at Newsweek, and before that, he spent a decade covering technology for Forbes. Along the way, Lyons made some waves with a groundbreaking blog, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, which drew as many as 1.5 million visitors each month. Writing in the voice of a character called "Fake Steve Jobs." He began his tech writing career for PC Week in the 1980s.

As a tech journalist, Lyons covered everything from supercomputing to smartphones, writing Newsweek cover stories on Apple's iPad and Google's Android operating system, as well as important features on Facebook and Twitter. Lyons is fascinated by artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Singularity movement and was featured in a Discovery Channel documentary about the Singularity.

He has appeared as a guest on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and National Public Radio. Dan has written for a wide range of publications, including the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired and many technology trade publications.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Lyons' published three works of fiction and done some screenwriting for television. He has written an episode HBO's "Silicon Valley*. last book, "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs," was a sharp satire about Silicon Valley, 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.

Lyons has spoken at corporate campuses and industry conferences and events, including the Web 2.0 Expo and Thinking Digital in Newcastle, England. He has taught at the University of Michigan. He has a B.A. (in "extremely liberal arts") from Bradford College and an M.F.A. from University of Michigan.

Dan Lyons Speaking Topics

  • Selling to Cyborgs: How Business Must Adapt to the World of Google Glass and Constant Connection

    Can you imagine being surrounded by intelligent sensors and interacting with them as easily as you talk with the people around you? Can you imagine being connected to the Internet so intimately and so constantly that you become part of it? Can you imagine glasses that connect you to a supercomputer and augment your intelligence so profoundly that you won't want to live without them? This world is just around the corner, and the Internet itself is going through a massive evolutionary leap into what author and technology expert Dan Lyons calls "the immersive Internet." It's a world where voice commands and gestures replace keyboards, where wearable computers and the "Internet of things" embed intelligence into everything around us, giving us profound new power to control our environment. In this thought-provoking talk, Lyons describes the emerging products in this space (Leap Motion's 3D controller, Google's Project Glass, Nest's "learning thermostat," the nascent "no user interface" movement, voice technology from Apple, Google and Nuance) and explores implications both profound and practical. Will all this technology change what it means to be human? Will it widen the "digital divide" between technology haves and have-nots? How will companies market to consumers who are empowered with so much information and computing power? How will we "sell to cyborgs"? This dazzling view of the future will leave your audience informed, inspired — and maybe a little bit freaked out.

  • The Social-Mobile Revolution: The New Mass Medium That Is Changing the Way We Work, Shop, Learn and Do Business

    By 2013 there will be 1 billion smartphones on the planet, and by the end of this decade that number may soar to 5 billion. What happens when almost everyone on the planet is constantly connected to the Internet, and to each other, via social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+? What's being created is a new mass medium that changes virtually everything about our society. This new platform, with its ubiquitous, constant, peer-to-peer connections, is disrupting established industries, forcing us to rethink the definition of friendship and privacy, and utterly reinventing the way we entertain ourselves. Games like Farmville and Mafia Wars may be inane but people are devoting huge amounts of time and spending billions of dollars playing them. Apps like Foursquare are turning life itself into a kind of real-time video game. Sites like YouTube and Facebook have become performance spaces, almost a new kind of TV where everyone can be part of the show. In this entertaining and insightful talk, Dan Lyons explores the profound social implications and huge opportunities created by this new medium, and wonders, Are we ready for this?

  • What Would Steve Do? The 8 Simple Secrets to Apple's Success

    Over the past 15 years Apple has gone from being nearly bankrupt to being the biggest company in the world, with a market value exceeding half a trillion dollars. How did they do it? Dan Lyons, author of the critically acclaimed book, "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs," and one of the world's top experts on all things Apple, explains the simple principles that enabled Steve Jobs to lead Apple through the most amazing comeback in corporate history. In this talk, Lyons tells an engaging tale that captures the spirit of Steve Jobs and leaves his audience with eight rules that can be applied in any organization or industry. Why did Steve Jobs shun focus groups and trust its own taste instead? How does Apple evoke such strong responses from its fans and get thousands of people to line up outside Apple stores, turning each new product release into a kind of cultural event? Who was the little-known mentor who guided Steve Jobs in the early years of Apple and created the three words that have guided Apple’s marketing philosophy since its origins? Why does Apple dare to take risks while its competitors play it safe? How is that other companies sell products, while Apple sells an experience? What drove Steve Jobs to be such a fanatical perfectionist? Lyons spent five years writing the world’s most popular Apple-centric blog, "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," and hopes that the legacy of Steve Jobs will inspire a new generation of innovators and risk-takers who will dare to "think different."

Dan Lyons Videos

  • In Isolation With... Dan Lyons
  • Why Modern Work Makes Us Miserable | Dan Lyons | RSA Replay ...
  • The Truth Behind Tech Start-ups with Dan Lyons - YouTube

Dan Lyons Books

FAQs on booking Dan Lyons

  • How do I book Dan Lyons to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Dan Lyons for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Dan Lyons, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Dan Lyons or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Dan Lyons

    Speaking fees for Dan Lyons, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Dan Lyons are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Dan Lyons, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Dan Lyons speak about?

  • Where does Dan Lyons travel from?

    Dan Lyons generally travels from Boston, MA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Dan Lyons’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dan Lyons for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dan Lyons for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Dan Lyons or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Dan Lyons is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Selling to Cyborgs: How Business Must Adapt to the World of Google Glass and Constant Connection, The Social-Mobile Revolution: The New Mass Medium That Is Changing the Way We Work, Shop, Learn and Do Business and What Would Steve Do? The 8 Simple Secrets to Apple's Success. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dan Lyons for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Dan Lyons generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gary Vaynerchuk, Ray Kurzweil, Dave deBronkart, Daniel Altman and Brian Solis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dan Lyons for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dan Lyons Speaking Topics

  • Selling to Cyborgs: How Business Must Adapt to the World of Google Glass and Constant Connection

    Can you imagine being surrounded by intelligent sensors and interacting with them as easily as you talk with the people around you? Can you imagine being connected to the Internet so intimately and so constantly that you become part of it? Can you imagine glasses that connect you to a supercomputer and augment your intelligence so profoundly that you won't want to live without them? This world is just around the corner, and the Internet itself is going through a massive evolutionary leap into what author and technology expert Dan Lyons calls "the immersive Internet." It's a world where voice commands and gestures replace keyboards, where wearable computers and the "Internet of things" embed intelligence into everything around us, giving us profound new power to control our environment. In this thought-provoking talk, Lyons describes the emerging products in this space (Leap Motion's 3D controller, Google's Project Glass, Nest's "learning thermostat," the nascent "no user interface" movement, voice technology from Apple, Google and Nuance) and explores implications both profound and practical. Will all this technology change what it means to be human? Will it widen the "digital divide" between technology haves and have-nots? How will companies market to consumers who are empowered with so much information and computing power? How will we "sell to cyborgs"? This dazzling view of the future will leave your audience informed, inspired — and maybe a little bit freaked out.

  • The Social-Mobile Revolution: The New Mass Medium That Is Changing the Way We Work, Shop, Learn and Do Business

    By 2013 there will be 1 billion smartphones on the planet, and by the end of this decade that number may soar to 5 billion. What happens when almost everyone on the planet is constantly connected to the Internet, and to each other, via social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+? What's being created is a new mass medium that changes virtually everything about our society. This new platform, with its ubiquitous, constant, peer-to-peer connections, is disrupting established industries, forcing us to rethink the definition of friendship and privacy, and utterly reinventing the way we entertain ourselves. Games like Farmville and Mafia Wars may be inane but people are devoting huge amounts of time and spending billions of dollars playing them. Apps like Foursquare are turning life itself into a kind of real-time video game. Sites like YouTube and Facebook have become performance spaces, almost a new kind of TV where everyone can be part of the show. In this entertaining and insightful talk, Dan Lyons explores the profound social implications and huge opportunities created by this new medium, and wonders, Are we ready for this?

  • What Would Steve Do? The 8 Simple Secrets to Apple's Success

    Over the past 15 years Apple has gone from being nearly bankrupt to being the biggest company in the world, with a market value exceeding half a trillion dollars. How did they do it? Dan Lyons, author of the critically acclaimed book, "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs," and one of the world's top experts on all things Apple, explains the simple principles that enabled Steve Jobs to lead Apple through the most amazing comeback in corporate history. In this talk, Lyons tells an engaging tale that captures the spirit of Steve Jobs and leaves his audience with eight rules that can be applied in any organization or industry. Why did Steve Jobs shun focus groups and trust its own taste instead? How does Apple evoke such strong responses from its fans and get thousands of people to line up outside Apple stores, turning each new product release into a kind of cultural event? Who was the little-known mentor who guided Steve Jobs in the early years of Apple and created the three words that have guided Apple’s marketing philosophy since its origins? Why does Apple dare to take risks while its competitors play it safe? How is that other companies sell products, while Apple sells an experience? What drove Steve Jobs to be such a fanatical perfectionist? Lyons spent five years writing the world’s most popular Apple-centric blog, "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," and hopes that the legacy of Steve Jobs will inspire a new generation of innovators and risk-takers who will dare to "think different."

Dan Lyons Speaker Videos

  • In Isolation With... Dan Lyons
    Why Modern Work Makes Us Miserable | Dan Lyons | RSA Replay ...
  • The Truth Behind Tech Start-ups with Dan Lyons - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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