Lindsey Kuper (lindseykuper) wrote,
Lindsey Kuper

It's a great time to be a geek

Choed and Wellons both invited me to join O'Reilly Connection earlier this week, and for some reason I thought "eh, lame". I'm glad I reconsidered and went to sign up yesterday, because I think it's the best social networking website I've seen -- not just the best for developers and engineers, but the best, period. I had seen Tony Stubblebine around Plans, but didn't know who he was. Now we're connected!

I was talking to my dad a couple of months back about my frustration with the widespread belief that geeks don't know how to be businesspeople. My dad said that that may have been true at one time, but with more and more technically-minded people succeeding in business over the last decade or so, it's become outdated. What's prompting that change?

I suggested to my dad that maybe certain aspects of hacker culture, like a dedication to honesty and a distaste for marketing-speak, are getting to be enough a part of the consumer mainstream that businesses run by geeks have a better understanding of what consumers now want. But, to be fair, I probably have a very skewed perception of "the consumer mainstream".* So what else could it be? Well, looking around O'Reilly Connection today reminded me of how so much of being good at business is based on social networking. Building relationships. Maybe that's it -- maybe we're better at building relationships now than we've ever been, and it's making us better at business. Again with the skewed perspective on my part, but I'm really wondering if there's some truth to this, and I'm curious to know what y'all think. If it's true, then now is a really great time to be a geek.

Anyway. Go sign up.

* I mean, y'know, when I look around Kafein or the Unicorn Cafe or my friends page, it sure doesn't seem like Apple only has a 2.5% market share. Does it to you?


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