Tech luminaries who otherwise pride themselves on their dedication to meritocracy don’t think twice about deriding the not-actually-old.“Young people are just smarter,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told an audience at Stanford back in 2007.He also advises them to spend time in the parking lot of a company where they will be interviewing so they can scope out how people dress. In the one corner of the American economy defined by its relentless optimism, where the spirit of invention and reinvention reigns supreme, we now have a large and growing class of highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers who are shunted to the margins, doomed to haunt corporate parking lots and medical waiting rooms, for reasons no one can rationally explain. Midway through my first encounter with Dan Scheinman, he warned me that he was weird. Once, while he was fielding a pitch from two entrepreneurs, I watched him tear apart a bagel with his teeth like a flesh-eating predator. “There are people in a room whose talent is to win the first minute. Scheinman simply concluded that he would have better luck if he made investments without clearing them through a bureaucracy. And yet, when Scheinman left Cisco in 2011 to become a venture capitalist (V.Later, I noticed him absently fingering poppy seeds from a napkin into his mouth. Mine is to win the thirtieth or the sixtieth.” Back in the early 2000s, he proposed that Cisco buy a software company called VMware. “Cisco is a hardware company,” the suits informed him. C.), he attracted not the slightest bit of interest from the established firms on Sand Hill Road. Most Silicon Valley investors, he came to believe, were just like the suits at Cisco: highly susceptible to “presentation bias” and, as a result, prone to shallow conventional thinking. “I could see the reality was I had two choices,” Scheinman told me.And so it has fallen to Matarasso to make older workers look like they still belong at the office.
Matarasso told me that, in ascending order of popularity, the male techies favor laser treatments to clear up broken blood vessels and skin splotches. There’s zero downtime.” But, as yet, there is no technology that trumps good old-fashioned toxins, the most common treatment for the men of tech.
It is, rather, the result of a cultural revolution that has taken place all around him in the Bay Area.
Silicon Valley has become one of the most ageist places in America.
They’d rather go slow, do it gradually,” he told me.
This helps explain why Fridays are his busiest days for tech-industry patients: They can recover over the weekend and show up Monday morning looking like an ever-so-slightly more youthful version of themselves, as though they’d resorted to nothing more invasive than a Napa getaway. As men have become a larger portion of his practice, Matarasso has noticed that they are both more sheepish—“They’ll say, ‘I’m here to have a mole taken a look at.