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What It's Like Working at a Jargon-Obsessed Company

Former journalist Dan Lyons opens up about the extreme jargon culture at HubSpot, what it taught him and how he became sane.

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In 2012, journalist Dan Lyons was laid off from his job at Newsweek and wound up working for Massachusetts email marketing firm/jargon volcano HubSpot. His disastrous 20-month tour -- with a leave of absence to go write for HBO’s Silicon Valley -- provided the grist for his scathing best-selling takedown of the tech industry, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

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Here he answers some questions about making the jump from working at an email markting firm to writing for Silicon Valley, dealing with a whole lot of jargon and wanting to fit in.

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