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Remember Dan Lyons from HubSpot? He’s back with more books

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Chris Morris for The Boston Globe

Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons’s job at Cambridge marketing-tech company HubSpot didn’t exactly end well, but it’s been pretty good for his publishing career.

Lyons’s last book, “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble,” chronicled the fiftysomething journalist’s attempt to remake himself as a digital marketing guy. Along the way, it examined broader problems with the ruthless work environment in some fast-growing tech companies.

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The final chapters, however, stole the show. In July 2015, HubSpot fired longtime marketing chief Mike Volpe for what the company said was his role in a scheme to get ahold of a draft of Lyons’s book, an episode that Lyons turned into a surreal kicker for his book.

The FBI opened a criminal investigation into the whole affair, involving the services of a federal cybercrimes investigator. But as the Globe reported last year, federal prosecutors declined to bring any charges.

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“Disrupted” became a New York Times bestseller, and it’s been reissued in other countries. This week, Lyons (right) announced that he’d signed a new two-book deal with the publisher of “Disrupted,” Hachette Book Group.

Winchester-based Lyons will once again be tackling our tortured workplaces: He says the next book, called “Lab Rats,” will look at how libertarian-leaning tech CEOs and their employment policies are squeezing the rank and file among us.

“This should keep me busy for the next few years,” Lyons said in a post on Facebook.

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No word from Lyons on what the second book will be about.

— CURT WOODWARD

Boston Celtics investor makes bid for MLS team

Paul Edgerley may have a new sports team in his future.

The Boston Celtics investor leads one of 12 groups that submitted bids to Major League Soccer this week for one of the league’s four expansion slots. Edgerley is chairman of SC STL, a group that wants to build a soccer stadium in St. Louis and bring an MLS team to that city.

Edgerley, who was formerly a managing director at Bain Capital, teamed up with former Anheuser-Busch president Dave Peacock, World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh, and Tortoise Capital Advisors cofounder Terry Matlack on the St. Louis bid.

Joining MLS isn’t cheap. The next two slots require a $150 million expansion fee, as well as the promise to construct a stadium. Edgerley’s group wants to build a 20,000-seat arena in St. Louis; city officials are considering asking voters to approve a $60 million public contribution to the $200 million project.

MLS officials will announce the first two expansion teams later this year. Jonathan Kraft, whose father Robert owns the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution, chairs the MLS expansion committee that will review the bids.

“I think sports do matter,” Edgerley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It really does bring communities together and builds economic development.” — JON CHESTO

Experimental financing bound for Boston

“Pay for Success” is one of the most complex concepts in the nonprofit world.

It involves private investors paying for some kind of social service, like fighting crime or helping foster kids, and being reimbursed only if the effort meets certain goals, like reducing recidivism or lowering drug use.

Also called a social impact bond, it’s an experimental way to try to limit government spending.

As evidence of how complicated they are, only 15 of these initiatives are underway nationwide. But another is in the works here.

Two Boston nonprofits — Social Finance and Jobs for the Future — will share a $2 million US Department of Education grant to develop a “pay for success” project aimed at getting low-income youth better prepared for the 21st-century workforce.

It will identify and expand career and technical education (CTE) programs that offer training in technology, STEM, manufacturing, coding, and vocational studies.

Social Finance cofounder Tracy Palandjian offers two promising examples: C-Town Tech, a Charlestown High School program that prepares students for IT careers, and Marlborough High School’s STEM Early College Pathways Program.

“Our hope is to highlight the successful CTE programs,” she says, “and make what works there work even better, and work for more Americans.” — SACHA PFEIFFER

Economist Bluestone joins Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation has hired one of the leading regional researchers.

Barry Bluestone, founding director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, is jumping to the Boston Foundation.

Bluestone has penned the annual housing reports for the Boston Foundation for more than a decade. Now that partnership has become even closer, as he takes on the role of senior fellow of the $1 billion foundation.

He says he wants to focus on regional issues, such as workforce development, income inequality, and housing. Northeastern’s research priorities in recent years have been more on global issues, such as climate change and health, he says.

“Northeastern is a wonderful university,” he says. “But it’s outwardly-looking more than inwardly-looking. The Boston Foundation is so committed to the city.”

Bluestone says he will continue to teach part time at Northeastern.

Matthias Ruth, director of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, said a new leader for the Dukakis Center will be announced soon. The center will delve into issues beyond housing and economic policy and involve sociologists, political scientists, and engineers from the school.

“It’s Dukakis 2.0,” he said.

— DEIRDRE FERNANDES

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