It’s funny, but it’s true. It’s been happening for a while now. The whole startup world has attracted a different kind programmer. A more extroverted untypical person that you wouldn’t think would be interested in coding.
Tech’s latest boom has generated a new, more testosterone-fueled breed of coder. Sure, the job still requires enormous brainpower, but today’s engineers are drawn from diverse backgrounds, and many eschew the laboratory intellectualism that prevailed when semiconductors ruled Silicon Valley. “I don’t need to wear a pocket protector to be a programmer,” says John Manoogian III, a software engineer and entrepreneur.