To Create Your Own Tech Job, a Little Irrational Exuberance?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 04:00 AM

When it comes to finding a job in the tech sector, sometimes an entrepreneur (aka Ideas Guy) and a developer (aka Coding Dude) strike up a conversation, develop some synergy and decide to create their own new product, thereby making work (jobs) for themselves in the process. 

At the SXSWi festival last month in Austin, I met developer Pablo Quinteros and entrepreneur/journalist Seth Porges. Seth found Pablo when he hired him to create his fashion app Cloth.

It's hard not to be won over by their enthusiasm, sweet honesty and patient explanation about how the relationship between the Ideas guy and Coding Dude can play out. Take a listen above.

Their tale of teaming up — and their sheer enthusiasm for the project — got me thinking about what might be called "irrational exuberance" and the role it plays in Silicon Alley. Here are some questions the sprang to mind after I spoke with Pablo and Seth.

  • Are tech sector workers and the journalists who cover the industry prone to irrational exuberance?
  • Has the concept of failing changed, in part because of the tech sector?
  • Is it American to feel failure is not shameful but simply part of any learning process?
  • Is un-American pragmatism (I don’t mean that in a bad way) partly why some critics like Evgeny Morozov, author of To Save Everything, Click Here, are so disgusted with the tech sector?

Let us know what you think about any of these questions and about the excitement around tech in New York right now in the comments section below or at @NewTechCity on Twitter.


Daniel P. Tucker


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