Current Valleywag EIC Nitasha Tiku is leaving the site next month, but after years in self-imposed exile, Lyons will take over the reigns to smatter the pending tech bubble implosion his sardonic wit. Lyons, who currently works as a ‘marketing fellow’ for Hubspot, also just helped write season 2 of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” He’ll make his return as Silicon Valley’s #1 critic in January.
Lyons wrote his new Gawker Media co-workers the following after news broke of his hiring:
“Like so many of the ambitious young folks in the Bay Area, I have always yearned for a chance to become a billionaire while making the world a better place. Now the nice people at Gawker Media have given me an opportunity to accomplish half of that goal.
I will attend tech conferences. I will eat free shrimp cocktails. (Lord, I love shrimp cocktails.) I will revel in the malfeasance of the willfully naive. I will not make “Yea, though I walk through the Valley…” jokes. I will do the simple and honorable job of afflicting the comfortable.
Lyons’ run as Fake Steve was one of my favorite tech blogs of all-time, thanks to its irreverent mockery of not just Apple, but Silicon Valley’s elite figures. Steve Jobs himself even admitted to reading it and thought it was funny.
We can’t wait to see how Dan throttles the extravagant brogrammer culture that’s festered in Silicon Valley since he’s been gone.