"The American author and Buzzfeed journalist dives into the most pulsating powerhouse of this generation—the startup—and digs out everything beyond the glamour, exuberant energy and the popular promise of the post-millenial setup."
"Startup is a pointed illustration of the tech world’s cults of personality, the outsized egos that believe something like a mindfulness app could change the world, and the seedy underbelly of all that workplace closeness: sexual harassment."
"Tech culture is the target of feminist satire in Shafrir’s biting and astute debut novel, peopled by clueless men in positions of power and women struggling for recognition and respect in a male-dominated world. "
"The startup world, with its penchant for outlandish perks, overblown valuations, inscrutable jargon and big egos talking about disrupting industries and changing the world, is ripe for satire. Doree Shafrir does just that with her debut novel Startup."
"Journalist, author and podcaster Doree Shafrir joins Katherine to discuss everything from the Kardashians to the Moosewood Cookbook. Plus, something she called "American Chop Suey," which Katherine didn't know anything about."
"The 'manifesting' and 'crushing it' in Shafrir's savvy and satirical novel about startup culture will have you grinning and groaning in recognition at the antics of her tech-obsessed cast of characters."
"Shafrir immediately plunges you into a world of high-stakes investment, ludicrous work ethics, and systemic sexism as she explores the intertwining lives of a hungry tech reporter, a Travis Kalanick-like CEO, and the complex gender politics that drive the startup world."
"This ruthlessly clever look behind the scenes at a New York start-up demands a sequel."
-People Magazine, May 2017
"BuzzFeed writer Shafrir satirizes New York's start-up scene in this smart, breezy, novel about a young hungry reporter at a tech-world gossip blog who stumbles onto a career-defining scoop. A beach read for Silicon Valley fans."
"Shafrir presents a humorous and thoughtful meditation about both the sexism in tech, and its counterpoint, as one character describes it: today’s 'very male-hostile moment.' More than anything, the book will leave you wishing there were more like it."
"Tech bros, anonymous Twitter accounts, side hustles and all the free office snacks you can eat. Welcome to the world of work, circa 2017, as chronicled in Doree Shafrir's fast-paced and engaging satirical novel Startup."
"Men in power have always tried to insulate themselves from criticism and punishment. Doree Shafrir’sStartup is a sharp-witted debut novel that peels back the layers of those structures, revealing those in power who grasp to maintain their privilege at all costs."
"Startup is a promising debut novel by a writer with an excellent grasp on social and political issues within an industry riddled with almost as much conflict as innovation. It’s also a smart and fun book, addictive enough to be read in a weekend and deep enough to be talked about for much longer."
Doree Shafrir (author, journalist, Matt’s wife) talks to Chris and Matt about how she and Matt met, how she never skipped school as a kid and getting her job at Buzzfeed. They also talk about the culture of click bait, life on the internet and her book Startup: A Novel. And Doree and Matt talk about their experience with IVF.
"In her novel, “Startup,” Doree Shafrir smartly – but lovingly – skewers tech culture, its grandiose leaders and the naivety of thinking that good intentions, lots of money and a mindset of fun will prevent bad "
"n her debut novel, Startup, Shafrir draws on her experiences from both the online journalism industry and the startup scene in New York to illustrate the current state of tech startups and the strange symbiosis between app-developers, venture capitalists, and tech reporters."
"Shafrir's compulsively readable debut novel is hilarious, smart, and timely; it feels like a necessary read right now, so perfectly does it deal with issues like the insatiable media, the weird place where wellness and technology meet, and why white men such so badly - especially when they have just a little but of power."
"Three people working in the same Manhattan office building with colliding desires, ambitions, and relations, head for major conflict and reckoning as scandal sucks each of them into a media-and-money vortex. "