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Dudebros are ruining the tech industry

Not (necessarily) dudebros.

For a number of reasons, last week’s Twitter-propelled implosion of former Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson was fascinating to watch. While Business Insider hasn’t suffered much from its decision to let Dickinson be a part of its team, his tenure and long history of purported “performance art” is just one example of how dudebro culture has powered—and stunted—the tech industry for the past decade.

What, exactly, is a dudebro? Definitions vary. In the tech industry, dudebros are the loudest guys in the room, the ones who lead meetings and close VC deals. They tend to be labeled by their peers (often aspiring dudebros) as “mavericks,” leaders with extreme vision and passion. They make things happen. They get stuff done.

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