Quoted: Silicon Valley's ageism

“Hey, I’m forty years old and I have to get in front of a board of fresh-faced kids. I can’t look like I have a wife and two-point-five kids and a mortgage.”

— Dr. Seth Matarasso, San Francisco-based cosmetic surgeon,  describing to the New Republic how his clientele has shifted from middle-aged women to younger — think 20s, 30s and 40s — male tech workers. Silicon Valley is obsessed with youth, the article says, dubbing it among the most ageist places in America. “In talking to dozens of people around Silicon Valley over the past eight months — engineers, entrepreneurs, moneymen, uncomfortably inquisitive cosmetic surgeons — I got the distinct sense that it’s better to be perceived as naïve and immature than to have voted in the 1980s,”  writes Noam Scheiber, as he chronicles the complaints of a host of tech industry veterans who say they’re treated as over-the-hill after the age of 32.


At top, 20-somethings work at a “hacker house” in Mountain View.  (LiPo Ching /Bay Area News Group file photo)

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Mike Murphy is a web producer at the Mercury News, and also writes for Good Morning Silicon Valley and 60-Second Business Break.