March 25 (Bloomberg) — If you haven't read Noam Scheiber's feature on the youth culture of Silicon Valley in the New Republic, I suggest that you drop everything and do it now. Go ahead; I'll wait right here while you do.

For those who don't have time to read a whole piece, I'll briefly summarize: Scheiber argues that Silicon Valley startups, and the venture capitalists who fund them, have a pathological fixation on youth. People in their late 30s are already aging out of the industry, getting botox to make them more marketable in their job searches.

The youth culture of Silicon Valley was remarked upon in the 1990s, but in Scheiber's telling it seems to have actually gotten worse. New industries often start out young, and then age to stately silver as the founding generation stays put at the top. But almost 20 years after Netscape started the first Dot- Com Bubble, Silicon Valley is still in a startup frenzy. And according to Scheiber, investors are looking almost exclusively for disruptive youth, not competent experience.

This has implications for the kinds of projects that get funded — Scheiber argues that all this disruption is focused on stuff that 25-year-old nerds need, like cab-hailing apps and social networking, and not so much on the things that 45-year- old parents might want.

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