My Grey Beard Self
When I first came to Silicon Valley I started hearing this term Grey Beard. I got here during the Dot Com boom, at the time a Grey Beard was an old engineer who had been around awhile. Usually someone who had been here since the PC boom of the 80s. They both had a reputation of being experienced, but hard to work with at times. In a fast moving environment they were known for wanting to take things slow and be through.
I am not a Grey Beard, both metaphorically and literally. I have seen a ton of things when it comes to work and I have an idea of what can go wrong. I like working at companies that have management who has been around for a while. I feel that I'm too old to work for a company where the founder/CEO is at their first company. I think about my greying beard all the time in a part of the world which worships youth.