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Of tech + bro (a frat boy or someone that espouses the fraternity bro culture). Attested from 2010s (see quotations below).

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tech bro (plural tech bros)

  1. (informal, neologism) A hypermasculine man employed in the tech industry and stereotypically located in Silicon Valley.
    • 2013 November 24, Erica Goode, Claire Cain Miller, “Backlash by the Bay”, in New York Times[1]:
      Fort Mason, a renovated military post on the bay, has been nicknamed “Frat Mason” for the 20-something “tech bros” — tech company salespeople, marketing employees and start-up founders — who have moved into luxury apartments there and play bocce on the great lawn.
    • 2017 December 30, James Poniewozik, “Free Your Mind? ‘Black Mirror’ Isn’t Too Hopeful”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      “U.S.S. Callister” inverts this idea by having its tech-bro channel his resentment into fashioning his own personal matrix.
    • 2019 October, James Ross Gardner, “Who will mourn the tech bro?”, in Seattle Met[3]:
      Are Tech Bros, as one Redditor claimed, members of a “hyper technocratic, libertarian…boys club”?
    • 2021 January 27, Gilad Edelman, “Stop calling everyone a tech bro”, in Wired[4]:
      A term that once mocked a particular Bay Area cultural phenomenon has become an all-purpose epithet. In the process, it has lost whatever analytic value and rhetorical punch it once had. If tech bros are everywhere, then they are nowhere.

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