geek Chic didn't go away with the first bubble burst, though. There was clearly still so much money to be made that hordes of businesspeople packed into the tech industry and camped, eventually claiming to be geeks themselves, though their technical expertise is generally limited to understanding the full cost of R&D, assemblage and delivery and their geek proclivities are limited to events they sponsor for access to the geeks who attend them.
Many of the businessfolk began their careers in geek trades, and retain geek tendencies, though they suppress those beneath strict limits and concerns about cost, risk and profit potential.
It is possible for a geek, usually an MDG, to become a full-time business person and make decisions based on instincts relevant to the business world rather than that of geeks.
Among the well adjusted of these Former geeks, business interests simply replace several of the hives of topical interest that would normally be filled with technical topics.
Among those insecure about their conversion are geek Bling behaviors designed to reinforce the former geek's Geek Cred – ostentatiously seeking out and talking on an overly familiar (and often technically inaccurate) basis with Specialist geeks at company picnics or other social events, for example.
Specialist geeks, always unsure about the purpose of human interaction anyway, often take these incursions as a sign of weakness or insanity among the company's leadership and begin to trash-talk the former geek even more than they had previously, for having demonstrated a level of technical expertise lower than that of the Specialist. (Specialists, though less broad-spectrum in their geekery than MDGs, tend to be very insecure, finding comfort only in their own areas of technical expertise and the ability to mock anyone in possession of even one fact less than they have, can access or make up on the spot.)
Other categories of suit conceal claimants to geekhood who are more obvious in that their primary interest is not the technology itself, but the packaging, marketing, publicization and sale of the technology.
Though their level of technical knowledge must be far higher than counterparts doing the exact same job to sell undifferentiated vats of butter, the job of Sales, Marketing and Management "geeks" is exactly the same as selling undifferentiated vats of butter. Claims to geekhood, while not always specious among these, are as highly suspect as everything else they say, much of which is either inaccurate, misleadingly shallow or far too grammatical and vocabularious to be acceptable to real geeks.
Never a geek
Most egregious of the species of finance or business bore with claims too geekhood are those who describe their primary characteristics not in terms of interest or curiosity, but as the implementation of chutzpah.