U Mad Bro?
The White House is trying to join the 21st century by adding a “digital strike team to improve government technology,” the Hill reports. And in an effort to make the code monkeys feel more at home, the powers that be are not requiring them to dress up for work.
U.S. Digital Service head Mikey Dickerson isn’t necessarily rolling up to the office in a hoodie and Adidas slides, but he does keep it casual “in untucked shirts and rumple khakis,” the Hill says. Mr. Dickerson used to work for Google and was brought in to fix HealthCare.Gov last year.
Gift Guide 2012
Waiting for your techie boyfriend to shed his hoodie and become a man? Don’t hold your breath.
Regardless of how many startups he’s founded or apps he’s developed, a guy doesn’t mature until age 43, according to The Telegraph, while women become adults 11 years earlier, at 32.
The brogrammer might be a tech Sasquatch, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been spotted in your biz dev department, among your VCs or all over Austin, Texas during SXSW Interactive. We’ve compiled a list of holiday gifts for this elusive creature so you can be prepared when you encounter him.
Tech Talent Crunch
On the NYC sub-Reddit today, a user who goes by the handle “onmach” submitted a sincere inquiry about startup culture in New York. Onmach and a friend were considering a move out East, but the friend had a bad experience at a startup interview that devolved into what sounds like your standard brogramming nightmare.
Business Insider got an oddball tip this afternoon, in the form of a cover letter for an engineering job in New York City. A firm called Open Source Staffing posted a job listing for a contract-t0-hire API engineer and, according to BI’s source, OSS got the this little gem in return.
Until recently, tech was an industry primarily inhabited and represented by ponytailed geek guys. Though the sandals may still abound, the image of the modern nerd is far from nerdy: tech is cool, and not just because the products these geeks develop are so inextricably tied to our every day lives.
Effervescent wunderkinds and Ivy League golden boys are forgoing finance to wade into the tech pool with the geeks, slapping their names on any startup harnessing the Social Graph API and slipping into the most visible roles in business development, marketing and product. Hey, nerd. Move over.