Of tech + bro (“a frat boy or someone that espouses the fraternity bro culture”). Attested from 2010s (see quotations below).
tech bro (plural tech bros)
- (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:
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, →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:
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:
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.