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    Bill Gates

    2. They tend to get rich

    In a connected technological world building technological solutions is big business, huge business. Apple is a technology company, and it was recently the biggest valued company in the history of Earth, valued even more than oil companies. That basically puts tech at the forefront of… everything!

    So it’s no wonder that people who tend to be the ones to build all this tech will tend to profit quite significantly from it. And naturally, that sends a pretty strong signal to the rest of us. Being a geek could not only mean working on meaningful projects that could make an impact, but they could also afford you a life of wealth as a result. Follow the money, and all of a sudden geeks seem to have it all, or at least they are in the right place.

    Mind you, this doesn’t just refer to a few top heads like the ones mentioned earlier. There is a bazillion of small tech companies that are doing quite well. There are companies founded and making money by just developing a single app you download to your smartphone. You’d be surprised at how much funding or profit they often generate.

    Working in tech, and being a geek, isn’t a guarantee of such success, of course, but that’s true of any industry. However, it is one of the best places to be.

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    5 comments
    1. Guest

      23 April, 2015 at 3:11 pm

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    2. 2PartsAnalog

      1 September, 2014 at 2:28 am

      I never thought that we would be cool. The world s changing!

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    3. Murray Snudge

      25 August, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Just because geeks are extremely useful does not make them cool – case not proved.

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    4. Karl

      8 August, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      IT has such a conceit that they are THE tech and nerds. Sorry. There were tech nerds when punch cards were developed for looms. I am Technical Support for my company. The face that I am an Oracle DBA, programmer, and computer power user has nothing to do with the fact that my company makes high purity chemicals and that is what I am supporting. And it’s a whole lot easier to teach computers to a chemist than chemistry to a computer nerd.

      Based on the history I know, the generation born in the late 80’s and 90’s is so isolated that, despite the “liberating” force of the internet, they are re-inventing everything around them. Comicon? There have been fan-run science fiction conventions since the ’40s, possibly earlier. Search for WorldCon. Cosplay? Those were hall costumes, part of the masquerade. Chemists and materials science nerds made the basic building blocks of that silicon you use as the foundation of your chips. Sorry, but you can’t claim the exclusive title of nerds.

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      • SEAbeliever

        15 March, 2015 at 5:32 am

        The article isn’t saying that people are claiming to have started all of this. It is stating that the IT crowd has created the necessary spark to ignite the enormous popularity of the “tech and nerds”. It has all been said or done before, regardless of whether or not we are aware of it.

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