The past decade has produced an explosion in billion-dollar “unicorns.” These new companies have brought tremendous innovation, but also a great deal of dysfunction, especially in the way they treat employees. An industry that prides itself on being progressive has in many ways moved backward, eroding a century of progress in worker rights. Bro culture, bias, and stress have become hallmarks of this new workplace.
But the age of the unicorn is drawing to a close, and the world is ready for a reset. The next generation of founders has the opportunity to start fresh and build a different kind of company, with new values and priorities. In this talk, Dan Lyons -- tech journalist, former Silicon Valley screenwriter, and author of the New York Times best-seller, “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble” -- lays out a vision for how startups can make the world a better place, starting with their own employees.