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10x Engineer

A concept sometimes used in Silicon Valley to describe an engineer that is 10x more productive than an average engineer although the 10x metric is figurative. Sometimes referred to as "Ninjas", these engineers are highly sought after by all tech companies.

Jim: You gave me 100 resumes but none of these guys are 10x engineers. Why hire a few of these guys to slow us down when a 10x engineer is so much more productive?

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 7 years ago



Your product or service has been featured on

Person 1: Dude! This app is sick. Did you get hunted yet?
Person 2: No. What's that?
Person 1: Never mind...

Added by Travis Travis about 7 years ago


    Crushing it

    Achieving exceptional success with something.

    Jess is totally crushing it with her new Uber-for-VC-funding app. She's already been hunted.

    Added by Travis Travis almost 7 years ago

    • charlesjo charlesjo

      Founders use this term until "Awesome Journey."

      almost 7 years ago

    Hockey Stick Growth

    A way to describe the type of fast growth that VC likes which is up and to the right like a hockey stick. When pitched by founders, it is often accompanied by a y axis that isn't labeled or a growth percentage that doesn't include initial value.

    Matthew: We experienced 1200% user growth in the past week. Our growth is as hockey stick as it gets.
    Sam: How many users did you start off with.
    Matthew: You know... I didn't need to take this meeting. VCs are lining up to fund me

    Added by zazpowered zazpowered almost 7 years ago


      Snack Dick

      Like a regular dick but smaller and tucked behind the ear. Used by Dinesh on Silicon Valley to describe Pied Piper's logo

      Added by zazpowered zazpowered almost 7 years ago



        Refers to the variety of technologies used to build and maintain your website, app, or service. Might also refer to a large amount of pancakes.

        Son: Hey pops, wanna throw another stack on my plate? Pass the syrup too.
        Pops: No son, your stack needs to maintainable, don't let your code base get out of control!

        Added by zander zander almost 7 years ago


          Startup Social Worth

          When your Silicon Valley social worth is based on which startups you have founded or work at.

          Sidecar Employee at bar: There are so many Uber employees here. I have no chance with these women

          Added by zazpowered zazpowered almost 7 years ago



            A catch-all word the rest of the world can use for 90% of this dictionary, while still remaining smug about having used it.
            *Works great in movies as well.

            Joe: I don't get it...
            Bill: It's simple: I put it in the Cloud! Duh.
            Joe: Oh, okay. I get it now.

            Added by dc2 dc2 almost 7 years ago


              Uber of...

              Commonly used by startup founders to compare their mediocre startup or idea to the startup unicorn Uber.

              Startup Founder: We're the Uber of food delivery.
              VC: Uhhh... so is everyone else.

              Added by ssc242 ssc242 almost 7 years ago

              • iceariel13 iceariel13

                Yep, seamless, delivery,com, munchery, caviar...the list never ends

                almost 7 years ago
              • N.Hemingway N.Hemingway

                You should additionally add "Facebook of..." probably the most heard phrase since 2010 ;D

                almost 7 years ago

              To the moon

              A phrase often used by those in the cryptocurrency community. Usually used when the value of currency goes up high very rapidly.

              Bitcoin Jackson: WOW! One bitcoin is now worth $900! And it's only gonna go up! Up to the right and to the moon!!

              A month later....

              Bitcoin John: Hey Jackson, so I heard that you made a ton of money from bitcoins. Did you invest at its peak?
              Bitcoin Jackson: yeah.... about that... I don't want to talk about it.

              Added by svhunt svhunt almost 7 years ago



                Adding game elements to normally not game related software or processes in order to increase engagement.

                A: User testing has shown that users don't like our accounting app.
                B: We should really be adding some gamification.
                A: Will that make the app more useful?
                B: No, but more fun!

                Added by graup graup almost 7 years ago


                  Herd Mentality

                  When people follow the leader or others like a herd instead of thinking independently. Often seen when investors are deciding which startups to fund.

                  VC: You guys have a really strong team, exactly the type that we like to fund, but we just don't believe in the idea.
                  Kim: Did I mention that a16z decided to invest in us yesterday.
                  VC: Wait. Don't leave. I think we started things off on the wrong foot.

                  Added by zazpowered zazpowered almost 7 years ago



                  A startup valued at over $1 billion dollars. Also a mythical horse-like creature with a single horn on its forehead.

                  Founder 1: I'm now the proud CEO of a Unicorn after our latest Series D
                  Founder 2: Ugh, Unicorns are so 2012. It's all about the Decacorns now.

                  Added by ssc242 ssc242 almost 7 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 almost 7 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 almost 7 years ago


                        Awesome Journey

                        Used when a startup has failed. Intend to give a positive spin on what is a gut wrenching moment.

                        While our startup has failed, it has been an awesome journey.

                        Added by beenpoor beenpoor almost 7 years ago



                        A term start ups use to justify any corner cutting they have to take to "get shit done"

                        Jon (developer): Why did you take away all our desks and chairs and replace them with card-board boxes?
                        Eric (CTO): Jon, we have to be more Agile. Those desks and chairs are paying for one extra EC2 core.

                        Kelly (developer): Why the fuck did we let Drew write this shitty ass module?
                        Eric (CTO): We have to be Agile and move at the speed of business. Drew "got shit done".

                        Added by stevebot stevebot almost 7 years ago


                          Get Shit Done

                          A phrase taking to mean "fuck everything you learned in CS class and code like Jack Kerouac until we get the release out"

                          Eric(CTO): Guys its time to "get shit done". Stop writing tests and let's just crank this thing out.

                          Eric (CTO): Drew likes to "get shit done". I wish more of you developers could crank out KLOC's like him.

                          Added by stevebot stevebot almost 7 years ago


                            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 almost 7 years ago



                              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 almost 7 years ago