Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Lyons of HubSpot

See: Globe Breakfast Hits the HubSpot 

Not anymore.

"HubSpot book is unflattering portrait of Cambridge company" by Curt Woodward Globe Staff  March 22, 2016

The book that prompted an ethics scandal at HubSpot Inc. months before publication is about to be released, and it’s an unflattering portrait of the Cambridge software company as a hard-driving workplace full of old-fashioned office politics and backstabbing.

But “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble” doesn’t offer up any bombshells about employees’ personal lives or corporate dirty tricks. And that’s sure to raise even more questions about why company officials allegedly went to extreme lengths to pursue a draft before the book was published.

“Disrupted,” set to hit stores in April, is the work of Dan Lyons, a Winchester-based author and longtime journalist who has written for the HBO series “Silicon Valley.” The book chronicles his roughly 18 months working at HubSpot as a “marketing fellow,” a job that, in Lyons’s retelling, didn’t turn out how it was advertised.

Lyons’s book became the subject of intense speculation in late July when HubSpot abruptly announced that it had fired its chief marketing officer, Mike Volpe, for violating the company’s ethics policy “in connection with attempts to procure a draft manuscript of a book involving the company.”

HubSpot also said a vice president, Joe Chernov, resigned before the company could determine whether he also should be fired. Chief executive Brian Halligan was fined for failing to promptly alert the company’s board after finding out about the incident.

HubSpot turned the results of its internal investigation over to federal authorities, who opened a criminal investigation that involved an FBI cybercrime agent....

What kind of hacker are they employing these days?


You know, “we figure we’re safe when we use online services. We figure we can trust the people who run them not to snoop on us. I used to believe that. I don’t anymore.”

I used to believe a lot of things coming from my government and its pre$$.

"Extortion, hacking claims sparked HubSpot investigation, FBI records show" by Curt Woodward Globe Staff  March 24, 2016

The now-closed investigation into an ethics scandal at HubSpot Inc. was sparked by allegations that federal authorities received of “multiple failed attempts to manipulate and extort people” that were aimed at stopping publication of a book about the company, documents show.

Like the federal government would know anything about ethics. 


Records released by the FBI in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Globe include memos explaining the agency’s reason for opening an investigation. They also includes notes of an interview with Dan Lyons, a Winchester author and former HubSpot employee whose forthcoming book about his experiences at the startup triggered the events leading to the investigation.

However, they do not include any records indicating why federal authorities declined to prosecute anyone.

The documents are redacted in many places and do not identify anyone involved in what is described as an alleged plot to “railroad” Lyons’s book, “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.”

The US attorney’s office in Boston declined to comment Wednesday....


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