When tech is commonly defined as “software”, and “technologists” defined as “coders”, then, yes, youth reigns. But when the definition is extended to include science-based hardware companies (incredibly, a rarity), then the 40+ crowd is very much alive and well in local companies. Age matters here. Consider the technologies that put Silicon Valley on the map: semiconductors, semiconductor process equipment, displays, energy technologies, and more. Invented by companies like Intel, Applied Materials, and plenty of scrappy start-ups. Companies that depend on experienced “older” physicists, chemists, and mechanical/electrical engineers to deliver a steady stream of science breakthroughs. A good thing too. Because the essential hardware technologies on which 20-something coders depend, is made possible by people with extraordinary expertise in hard sciences, usually acquired over decades.