Silicon Valley Slang — Decoded!

If you live in San Francisco, we guarantee you've overheard a few techie conversations about the "Internet of Things" or that "dogfooded" app and wondered what the hell people were talking about. When it comes to Silicon Valley — the home of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and countless other companies and start-ups — the nerd-jargon is unavoidable.
Not unlike Hollywood's insider lingo or D.C.'s political prose, every industry has its terms. So, we're here to help navigate Silicon Valley slang. Here's a list of 10 techie buzzwords that you'll hear floating around the Bay and beyond, translated into normal speak. But, as a caution, the technology world innovates at warp speed, so today's vocab may be old news in a month week. Don't say we didn't warn you!

More from San Francisco

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.