10x Engineer

A developer who incurs technical debt so fast he appears more productive than the ten developers tasked with cleaning his mess up.

Founder: "We are only looking for 10x Engineers."

Added by employeeNumbaOne employeeNumbaOne over 4 years ago


Solving Own Problem

A bullshit story founders present to lie on how they arrived at their product.

We built datemycate app because we wanted to solve our own problem to help our cat find a date. He was very horny all the time and was always flirty with my girlfriend.

Added by beenpoor beenpoor over 4 years ago


Protective Incompetence

Being bad at something you don't like to do, so you don't have to do it.

> I think the reason I made such a mystery of business was that I was disgusted by the idea of doing it. I wanted to work in the pure, intellectual world of software, not deal with customers' mundane problems. People who don't want to get dragged into some kind of work often develop a protective incompetence at it. Paul Erdos was particularly good at this. By seeming unable even to cut a grapefruit in half (let alone go to the store and buy one), he forced other people to do such things for him, leaving all his time free for math. Erdos was an extreme case, but most husbands use the same trick to some degree.


Added by adamzerner adamzerner over 4 years ago


Bear Goggles

Similar to beer goggles, bear goggles refer to a the influence of studying at UC Berkeley on one's visual perception, whereby one slowly finds someone attractive who would not have been attractive before studying at UC Berkeley.

James: What do you think about her? She's pretty hot, right?
Dave: What are you on? You said she was hideous last semester. Did your optometrist prescribe you bear goggles?

Added by xmangoslushie xmangoslushie over 4 years ago


*Insert Noun Here* Enthusiast

A description often used in online social blogging bios that superficially attempts to showcase aspects of one's personality that one wants others to remember them for. Many times these descriptions are used to compensate for lack of knowledge or experience in that very same area.

Hi my name is Homer, I'm a Ruby on Rails enthusiast, cat owner, and a tech aficionado living in the Bay Area. I do marketing for Lyft.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 4 years ago



An artist and cultural icon from Berkeley, California who many regard as "the rawest rapper in the game." To many of his fans he's simply known as The BasedGod and to many's surprise, he's quite plugged into life in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

I went to the free LilB concert on the UC Berkeley campus today. We pretty much spent the night bobbing our head to his mastermind music, while doing the LilB cooking dance. It was fantastic.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 4 years ago



When companies use their own products, often in beta, to test and work out any bugs.
Dogfooding often results in companies catching glitches in their apps before they're released to the public.

"They really should have dogfooded that app before they released it — there were so many bugs!"

Added by iamDeveloper iamDeveloper over 4 years ago


Legacy Code

Legacy code is source code that relates to a no-longer supported, manufactured operating system or other computer technology.

To punish Lewis, the senior engineer decided to make him read and edit legacy code for an entire week.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 4 years ago

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Self made entrepreneur

A label meaning that an entrepreneur has come from nothing, has not inherited their wealth or startup. A lot of entrepreneurs have found a loophole because while inheriting a lot of money disqualifies one from being self made, receiving a shit ton of money and connections from your parents while they are alive doesn't.

John: How did you possibly hire 50 people without any VC funding. You told me you were self made?
Lyman: My dad gave me a ton of money and connections. Does that count?

Added by zazpowered zazpowered over 4 years ago



A piece of hardware that doesn’t function anymore because it was tampered with.
You seriously messed up that upgrade, and now your entire device has been rendered useless.

"I tried to install the most recent version of Windows on my old Mac, but it totally bricked the whole computer."

Added by iamDeveloper iamDeveloper over 4 years ago


SWOT Analysis

SWOT is a planning method used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an idea or decision. Jared is ridiculed by the other members of Pied Piper on Silicon Valley for suggesting SWOT because they think it is corporate and a waste of time.

"I've booby trapped the house with corporate resources"

Added by zazpowered zazpowered over 4 years ago


Dick Jerk Algorithm

Highly sophisticated algorithm devised by Pied Piper engineers where one can jerk off 4 dudes at once.
This algorithm inspired Richard to come up with an advanced middle out algorithm.
Dick to floor. D2floor.

ummm, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-hUV9yhqgY enough said...

Added by svhunt svhunt over 4 years ago


X for Y

A way entrepreneurs use to describe their startup to customers and investors so they can quickly grasp how their product works. It is done by comparing your startup to another successful company that likely pioneered its business model.

My startup is Airbnb for cars = people can borrow your car when you are not using it
My startup is Uber for food = food will be delivered to you on demand
My startup is Urban Dictionary for Silicon Valley = svdictionary.com

Added by zazpowered zazpowered over 4 years ago


Pokemon Recruiting

Giving preference to job candidates based on having unusual non-job-related characteristics - with the goal of collecting one of each kind to your team. Based on the collectible toy with the theme "Gotta Catch 'Em All".

Yuliya: Hey look, a resume from a Bulgarian engineer who speaks Urdu and plays the ukelele in her spare time.

Andy: Wow, serious Pokemon points there.

Added by AndyB AndyB over 4 years ago



TLDR: a multidisciplinary engineering field that combines software, electrical and computer, and mechanical engineering.

Sometimes referred as robotics, mechatronics is the most promising discipline in the engineering world. The brightest students are competing to enter this program for it's reputation and employment rate by the top notch companies in the industry(Microsoft, Google, Apple, Tesla etc). University of Waterloo is known as the best university offering this program. Rumor has it that they are the ones came up with this concept and terminology back in the day.

Person 1: Dude, I got accepted into Mechatronics Engineering.
Person 2: The hell is mechatronics?
Person 1: Story short, we're going to build robots!

Added by TimStevenson TimStevenson over 4 years ago



Generally refers to when you push bad code to production and you want to undo your changes by rolling back to a previous release

I've made a huge mistake. Do a rollback

Added by zazpowered zazpowered over 4 years ago


Pistol Ship

To ship one's code without checking it. This is normally done out of a combination of hubris and laziness.

Jack: I feel like Clint Eastwood, I've been pistol shipping compiled code all day. I love working at Facebook.

Lewis: Facebook is down.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 4 years ago


Noncompete Agreement

Any agreement by which:
- The employee pretends they won't go work for the competition.
- The employer pretends it's enforceable in the State of California.

Engineer #1: "They wanted me to sign a noncompete."

Added by employeeNumbaOne employeeNumbaOne over 4 years ago


Eat Your Own Dog Food

Actually using the product that you make.

To realize the users' pain points with your product, you have to eat your own dog food and actually use it.

Added by trescomas trescomas over 4 years ago


Ballmer Peak

Discovered by Microsoft in the late 80's, somehow a blood alcohol content between 0.129% and 0.138% confers superhuman programming ability.

Alice: "The Ballmer Peak is a delicate effect requiring careful calibration. You can't just give a team of coders a year's supply of whiskey and tell them to get cracking.

Bob: "Has that ever happened?"

Alice: "Remember Windows ME?"

Added by hunterlane hunterlane over 4 years ago