Twitter was aflutter yesterday over a venture capitalist’s tribbling on human capital. He asserted: there exists a class of engineer whose valuable outputs are an order of magnitude more valuable than other engineers. He proceeded to thread descriptions of a dozen characteristic attributes and behaviours which occur more frequently than average, in his experience, among members of the class.
Amidst uproar many commenters closed ranks and outed themselves as unitarily valuable engineers. Still others mocked the VC’s attempt, ascribing many more and numerous unsavoury characteristics to what quickly became a steaming dung pile of worst co-worker ever stories. It was reduced to farce. It was rife with bitterness. Meanwhile a few innocents took it on the chin as they agreed with the VC in the public forum. Poor saps.
Quick, let’s recap:
VC wants to let people try on his rose-coloured glasses, fails magnificently, and we are left with the fan dripping shit everywhere. Some tea with that guv’nor?
Meanwhile, this gem …
A true 10x engineer will have a callous on their right pinky finger from terminating so many lines of code. A 100x engineer will have a callous on their left pinky finger because that’s where the semicolon key is in a dvorak layout.Ryan Cavenaugh
… and I’m just here with my Ergodox like … I can change where those keys are so I don’t get any callouses …
Then I see what’s about to happen, and I say it out loud, to myself -so it really, truly, sinks in-: