Reddit was born in 2005 but nerds existed before that. Obsessed with things 32/64-bit, I lurked AOL chatrooms and phpBB forums in the 90’s. Future Redditors also congregated there with primitive memes. Decades later, a culture of freaks and geeks are on top of the food chain. Silicon Valley, reeling from the dot-com bubble, made a comeback. Mobile and apps fundamentally alter how people communicate. Startups are perceived as innovators and the future.