In Silicon Valley, it’s commonly believed that if you’re over the age
of 35, you’re seen as over the hill
middle-aged guys will notice they feel like they stick out, and not in
a good way
* “And if people in the workplace know you’re older than everyone else,
it can hurt you in terms of what roles you get,”
Это были эмоции. А как бы факты (из статьи):
Last year, Google paid out $11 million to more than 230 job applicants
over the age of 40 who accused the company of engaging in a “systematic
pattern” of age discrimination during its hiring process, according to
The older workers alleged that the company used phrases like
“Googleyness” and “cultural fit” as euphemism for youth.
In 2018, ProPublica reported that over five years the cloud computing
giant IBM — which reported more than $79 billion in revenue in 2018 —
pushed out around 20,000 U.S. employees who were at least 40 years old
in an effort to build a younger workforce.
Long gone is the era in which the tech wiz was synonymous with bulging
bellies, thick glasses and pleated khakis, a time embodied by Bill Gates
and Steve Ballmer’s cringeworthy dancing during the Windows 95 launch.
Today’s techie is all about striving for perfection, whether that’s
redefining retail, altering traditional transportation networks,
spearheading a crypto-banking revolution or flouting Father Time as long
That’s why, in certain parts of Silicon Valley these days, appearing old
by its very nature carries more than a residue of failure.
“You’re surrounded by a lot of people who are just out of college and
very ambitious, and you just feel pressure to fit in,” a 40-something
veteran of multiple Silicon Valley startups who spoke on the condition
of anonymity because of the stigma attached to his age.
“You don’t want people to assume that because you’re not in your 20s you
won’t be able to work long hours and live the lifestyle necessary to be
His cosmetic procedure of choice: a collagen-stimulating skin
rejuvenation technique called Radio Frequency microneedling that can
cost about $1,500 per session.
Nick, another 40-year-old tech worker, says he spends about $500 on
Botox every three to four months. He considers his regimen an “investment.”
“There’s a lot of studies that show being better-looking leads to people
making more money,” he said. “From my perspective, a $2,000-a-year
investment to make more money long-term is definitely worth it.”
“Right now, I can definitely pass for 30, no problem,” he added.
Although many of her patients are in their 30s and 40s, Lavanya
Krishnan, a San Francisco-based dermatologist, said she’s witnessed a
similar trend, but with a slight twist.
“Men are definitely coming to us at much younger ages, so I sometimes
see men in their 20s asking for injectables and laser work,” she said,
noting that she’s often forced to turn them away because they’re “too
“A lot of these guys come in with pictures of social media influencers
they want to resemble.”
Krishnan and Fan say their patients work for major companies and popular
startups, and Fan, in particular, claims his clients include some of the
most high-profile names in the valley. In Los Angeles, men might ask a
plastic surgeon to re-create Brad Pitt’s jaw line, Ben Affleck’s nose or
Jake Gyllenhaal’s eyes.
But in Silicon Valley, most patients are inspired less by classic looks
and more by the act of striving for personal optimization.
Holley writes for The Washington Post.