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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 3 years ago

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Code Masochist

A person pursuing a CS degree from a university who finds everything way to easy for his own good, so to challenge himself (or herself) he or she purposely does the projects on the last day so they can feel a comparable amount of pressure to the other students who've sometimes had up to a month to finish. (Can also apply to software engineering employees who do their work irrationally close to the deadline).

Hai was such a code masochist that he decided to do his upper div cs projects 12 hours before it was due. The professor assigned it 4 weeks ago.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 3 years ago

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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.

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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 3 years ago

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Dogfooding

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 3 years ago

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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

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Phone Sleep

Refers to the one hour in bed you will spend checking your phone before you actually go to sleep.

SAT question: If Johnny is a phone sleeper and needs to real sleep by 12am so he can wake up for a 7am interview what time does he need to get to bed?

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FOMO

FOMO = an acronym for "Fear of Missing Out"

The team was exhausted from attending/pitching at multiple conferences during the same week, but pressed on- motivated by FOMO that their dream angel investor might be present.

Added by StephanieG StephanieG over 3 years ago

  • @WeTeachGeeks @WeTeachGeeks

    So many events to attend....so many clients to find...

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CS Fix My Shit Fallacy

The false assumption that anyone who can code or has a computer science degree can fix your computer or any household electronics.

Marco: Hey you study Computerz at that fancy university don' you? Could you fix my toaster?

Julian: Hell no. Why would I know how to do something like that.

Marco: Because computerz are basically more advance toasterz.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 3 years ago

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Brain Rape

Intellectual property robbery thinly disguised as acquisition talk. Usually committed by a big company on a startup. Yelp got brainraped by Google back in the day.
http://www.quora.com/Silicon-Valley-Season-2-Episode-2-Runaway-Devaluation/What-was-the-reference-to-Yelp-in-episode-2-of-season-2-of-Silicon-Valley

Erlich: They're brainraping us right?
Gerald: They definitely are.
Erlich: Shit!

Added by svhunt svhunt over 3 years ago

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Technical Debt

Reason you give for not shipping shit

We have a bunch of technical debt we have to work resolve before we can ship X new feature

Added by Flacko Flacko over 3 years ago

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SoLoMo

Social + Local + Mobile; interachangeable with LoSoMo, LoMoSo, MoSoLo, MoLoSo or SoMoLo.

In other words - a company who's product is generic as fuck!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-GVd_HLlps

Added by tosfan4ever tosfan4ever over 3 years ago

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This is Uber

What a passenger will say to turn down their Uber driver when he attempts to start a conversion or expects a fist bump. This happens because of the high percentage of Uber drivers that also drive for Lyft.

Driver: Man the weather is really nice today. Where are you headed?
Chris: This is Uber.

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The Rift

A title given to denote virtual reality. Popularized by people who have spent immense amounts of time in an Oculus Rift headset and were unable to fully communicate the things they had seen and experienced while present in what they consider a different realm.

Recruiter: Why should we hire you for our VR division?

Jack: Aye. In my time I have seen many things in the Rift. Things the likes of you, could never imagine...

Recruiter: Why are you crying?

Jack: I held my virtual daughter in my arms as the light vanished from her eyes. I fought dragons in Russia trying to protect the refugees of a city that's now burnt to the ground. I spent almost two years in isolation in the Rift reading about the ancient tombs of Java Script and Lisp. I'm hoping that this position will help me forget about my past. My time in the Rift.

Recruiter: Why am I crying...

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 3 years ago

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Pivot

We failed. Now, we're starting over, possibly with something completely different.

We started out by building a SoLoMo network for hermits. We've now pivoted to becoming the Uber of door-to-door encyclopedia sales.

Added by ryporter ryporter over 3 years ago

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Vestigial Code

A code probably once served a purpose, but doesn't anymore. You're afraid of removing it because after years it just looks right the way it is.

In evolutionary biology vestigial organs are the ones an organism probably once used but no longer serve a purpose today.

James: Dude help me debug my new one button app, "Dude."
Zeeshan: What is all this? None of it serves a purpose.
James: It's vestigial code that makes gives me confidence when making something new. I've just built everything on top of my dayspan code from freshman year until now. I commented it out, don't worry.
Zeeshan: You're a terrible human being, you know that?

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 3 years ago

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Escape Velocity

Speed at which meaningless buzzwords escape the lips of Pebble-wearing hipster entrepreneurs and Fitbit-wearing overweight VCs, when talking about rapidly growing start ups. Currently clocked at an average of 240 wpm.

VC: How do you plan to achieve your projected engagement numbers?
Entrepreneur: We plan to hack together a MVP by leveraging weekly Scrums and neutralize our burn r...
VC: I think you just achieved escape velocity.

Added by That_Guy That_Guy over 3 years ago

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Pay to Play

Pay to play is a phrase used for a variety of situations in which money is exchanged for services or the privilege to engage in certain activities within a mobile or console game.

Antonio: LoL is a totally free Pay to Play game MOBA game.
Zeeshan: That's awesome, so you haven't spent any money on it?
Antonio: Only 300$. But dat Annie skin is jus' so sweet man.
Zeeshan: You don't read Penny Arcade do you...

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 3 years ago

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Tech Aficionado

A person who is insecure about their superficial knowledge in software, hardware and technology in general, but really wants to fit in. It's a description often used in online social blogging bios.

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

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Irreplaceability Tipping Point

The point in one's career in which being kept on the payroll, will costs less than firing and hiring someone to fill that same job. This is typically used to refer to engineers who've shipped a sizable amount of code making it an extreme pain to fire them and teach someone old code left by another author.

Jack: You went to Yale, you should start your own company.
Zeerek: Nah, as the lead engineer and part time PM on the Microsoft Bing team, I am slowly reaching the irreplaceablity tipping point of my career, in which I'll be able to show up, do minimal work, and laugh my way to the bank until I'm old and decrepit.
Jack: I don't know whether you're lazy or incredibly smart.
Zeerek: I like to think I'm both.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie over 3 years ago