When you meet someone in Silicon Valley, the very first question they’ll ask you is “what do you do?” It’s a great question! In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to ask. I love hearing about the eccentricities of other people’s work.
But I also think that the frequency and prominence with which the question is asked reveals something deeper about the area than just an affinity for work.
I think it reveals the two most deeply entrenched values of Silicon Valley: ambition and intelligence.