It's a given that most startups will fail, leaving the people behind them with nothing beyond, perhaps, some debt and wasted time. Author Gideon recently Lewis-Kraus followed two young techies with startup dreams, struggling to not implode, and is here to talk today.

His new ebook, No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush, just came out, and is a slightly sorrowful, terrifically astute look at how unglamorous—and maybe foolish?—it is to chase tech billions. It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for the kids who've chosen to ditch degrees and job security. But should we?

Gideon has joined us today to answer questions about his book, and what it's like to be down and out in Silicon Valley. Ask away, below.