30 Overused Work Phrases & Silicon Youth

Curated by CLAI

30 OVERUSED WORK PHRASES: Going forward, touch base, on my radar, dive deeper, on my plate, reach out – are my favorites.
“OK”, I said. “I’ll shoot him an email”.
“No, reach out to him!”
“OK, I’ll see if he’s on Skype.”
“No, I mean reach out to him.”
“Alright, do you have his fax number?”
“No, not a fax! Reach out to him!”
“Should I write him a letter?’
“Damn it! Call him on the phone!”
“Oh, call him! Why didn’t you say so?”

Silicon Valley Youth

Silicon Valley Youth (Tim Enthoven, NYTIMES)

SILICON VALLEY YOUTH PROBLEM: Young engineers peers feel more restless, more constantly in search of the next big thing — in part because start-ups select for and reward these impulses, which also spur the successive exoduses from Yahoo to Google, from Google to Facebook, from Facebook to younger, hipper companies. These are places where the C.E.O. often sits alongside the engineers, where recruiters talk about a “flat” hierarchy as a perk on par with paternity leave, where regular engineers get equity.

  • There are more platforms, more websites, more pat solutions to serious problems — here’s an app that can fix drug addiction! promote fiscal responsibility! advance childhood literacy! Companies that build enterprise-grade hardware and leverage years of research tend to be anomalies among the new guard. Even as the pool of founders has grown and diversified, the products themselves seem more homogeneous, more pedestrian. Tech is no longer primarily technology driven; it is idea driven.
  • In a place with one of the best gender-ratios in the country for single women, female friends I talk to complain that most of the men are, in fact, not available; they are all busy working on their start-ups, or data-crunching themselves. They have prioritized self-improvement and careers over relationships.
  • “What do people in Silicon Valley plan to do once they hit 35 and are officially over the hill?” Despite its breathtaking arrogance, the question resonates; it articulates concerns about tech being, if not ageist, then at least increasingly youth-fetishizing.
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