“Picture a technology whiz kid,” Callum Borchers implores in his trend piece about non geeky tech guys from yesterday’s Boston Globe. He guesses you’re picturing someone with “an unhealthy pallor, sloppy looks, and a body misshaped by diet of pizza and Red Bull,” which, to be fair, describes a vast cross section of the male millennial population, not just the coders.
But one millennial tech guy, Andrew Bachman, isn’t like that. A veritable “buff specimen,” he is “more jock than geek,” he has a “sculpted torso,” and he “seems to be always working out, even squeezing in a set of pushups at his desk”–casually, we hope, during his interview with the Globe.
We are pretty sure this trend can be linked to yet another trend, that of would-be finance bros choosing startups over Wall Street. It may not be that tech guys are getting less nerdy. Instead, maybe the nation’s polo-playing bicep-curling Suits are supplanting the very geeks they’ve been torturing since kindergarten.
The push toward diversification and meathead-ism has led to”recreational marathoner Jason Jacobs cofounding Boston’s RunKeeper, a popular mobile app that logs workouts, and former Marine Yinon Weiss starting RallyPoint, a professional networking website for military personnel, based in Boston,” the Globe reports.
And even the ladies are getting in on tech now. The Globe mentions Hannah Connealy, a personal trainer who created the Trailmixers app, as proof that the industry’s hackathons are “no longer reserved for the coding elite.” Nevermind the fact that women have done a far better job disproving the nerdy brogrammer stereotype than male jocks ever have, or that there are plenty of nerdy guys who don’t code.
Looks like the only thing left to do now is watch as beefy, hot men take over the profitable tech sphere while their scrawnier brethren move on to nerdier pastures. Watch out for a resurgence in bird-watching and model-train-building. And rest assured, Betabeat will be here to craft plenty of tech hottie slideshows.