Meet 7 Of Tech’s Coolest Dudes

The tech storm is brewing and while some may criticize the affect it's had on our eccentric community, we think Silicon Valley's global impact is something to be pretty darn proud of. Another plus to tech rain pouring down? Well, our streets are flooding with tons of head-turning designers, engineers, and start-up founders. Bonus!
After our last roundup of dapper digital dudes, you babeaholics were begging for more of the hottest, most stylish guys in tech. Part deux features a fresh crop of cuties dishing on their style, single status, and what they're up to when they aren't making us swoon. These men are not only captivating with their boyish charm, they're also nixing the "geeks have no style” stereotype. Meet all the fellas after the jump, and try not to blow kisses at your screen.

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Name: Didi Medina
Gig: Designer at Mixbook

Tell us exactly what you do, you know, in layman's terms for the non-tech folks.
"I like the term 'modern day craftsman' — I strive to make other people’s lives easier and more accessible by designing intuitive software and apps we could all use on a day-to-day basis."

What does your company do?
"Everyone takes photos. We make it easy to upload them and put them into a book that we then print and ship for you to share with family and friends."
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What is your favorite thing about working in the tech industry?
"The culture. It's like no other. People tell you to find joy and passion in what you do — that’s hard if you can't first find a way to love the environment you work in."

Least favorite?
"Working in tech and living in the Bay Area sometimes gets overwhelming, because it seems as if tech is the only thing that matters to people. It's almost like we're all in this little bubble."
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How would you describe your style?
"Young, urban, elegant, and laid-back."

What are your go-to wardrobe staples?
"Non-iron button-down dress shirts, white V-neck T-shirts, and crazy socks."

What is your opinion on S.F. fashion as a whole?
"Growing up in New York, I would have to say San Francisco's fashion is a little bit less diverse and more of a uniform. It's clean, simple, and rarely over-the-top, which in my opinion is a good thing."

Are you currently single — we have to ask!
"Yep."

What are you looking for in a potential love? Do they have to be tech-savvy?
"I'm a 'mutt' kinda guy — the more intriguing the characteristics and blend, the better. I'd prefer non-techie. If I had to discuss tech in my personal life after I got home from a long, 15-hour workday, I'd most likely pull my hair out."
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Name: Craig Davis
Gig: Founder and CEO of Relevvant

What does your company do?
"Relevvant helps brand marketers access and leverage their big-data sources to optimize marketing across all channels."

Anything in particular happening in the industry that you’re super excited about?
"Marketing is becoming increasingly data-driven, and new technologies are enabling that. I think we're in the center of the fun."
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How would you describe your style?
"My style is pretty eclectic — a little prep, a little hipster, a little gangster. I like to focus on quality pieces that I can wear for years."

Where do you shop in the city?
"Welcome Stranger, Urban Outfitters, Azalea, and Wilkes Bashford for the times I need to step it up."

Are you currently single — we have to ask!
"I'm not a free agent anymore."
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Where would we find you when you aren't working?
"When I'm not working, you can find me sailing in the summer or skiing in the winter. These days, you'll find me eating at places like AQ, Local Edition, and Wayfare Tavern; chilling at places like Bloodhound, Wilson & Wilson, and Rickhouse; or listening to live music somewhere dark."

What neighborhood do you live in and what is your favorite part of living there?
"I live in the Berkeley hills, and I love it. The crazy views of the city, surrounding redwoods, and mountain-biking trails give me a sense of peace, but being only 15 minutes away from S.F. keeps me very connected."

What do you think is the most exciting aspect of San Francisco right now?
"San Francisco is constantly changing and reinventing itself. Today, creatives from every industry are being drawn to town, so everywhere I go I'm meeting interesting people."
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Name: David Stokes
Gig: UX Designer at MessageMe

Tell us exactly what you do.
"I talk to people to understand their lives and experiences and then I help design and build the tools that we hope will make them better. And, if they don't, we keep fixing them until they do."

What is the coolest part about what you do?
"I just genuinely love making things."

Anything in particular happening in the industry that you’re super excited about?
"I think smartphones have opened up ways for creative output that are just now really being pushed and tested. Applications like Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine are mainstream, but they're really just the tip of the iceberg on how we'll be able to express our lives and environments with technology."

What is your favorite thing about working in the tech industry?
"The relationships. It's cool when you work with great engineers and other great designers and everyone is bringing a high level of craft in their field. Then, to see the work you create gain traction and watch people find value in what you've done, it feels really great and validates all the hard work."

Least favorite?
"I think there's a lot of homogeneity in tech culture that can be tedious."
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How would you describe your style?
"Effortless...literally."

What are your go-to wardrobe staples?
"My jean jacket is bordering on woobie status."

Do you think it is fact or fiction that people assume people who work in tech have bad fashion sense?
"It's just not a priority. Even for people that would be considered fashionable in tech, for them it feels very utilitarian. Hell, if it didn't make my girlfriend dry heave I'd probably be wearing some tight Vibrams right now — not really…maaaaybe."

What is your opinion on S.F. fashion as a whole?
"Waaaaay too few naked dudes walking around."

Are you currently single — we have to ask!
"I'm in a super-schmoopy, in-love relationship. We eat crackers in bed and watch old-school Arsenio Hall episodes on YouTube."

What neighborhood do you live in and what is your favorite part of living there?
"I live in the Mission. I was lucky enough to rent a room from artists Andy and Laurel Hope. They've created a great space for both themselves artistically, but also others as well. It’s been really inspiring to witness the fruits of such a great partnership. Schmidt's is awesome and right down the street from me. I've solved all the world's problems with friends many times over (after a few Radebergers)."
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Name: Dustin Senos
Gig: UX Lead at Medium

Tell us exactly what you do.
"I work with a talented group of folks to make sure Medium looks and functions beautifully."

What is the coolest part about your job?
"Being surrounded by the most talented and passionate folks I've yet to meet."

Anything in particular happening in the industry that you’re super excited about?
"The increasing of awareness of gender issues in our industry. I'm really glad that problem is gaining a voice."

What is your favorite thing about working in the tech industry?
"I was into building Lego sets as a kid. Now I get paid to build things every day."

Least favorite?
"Entitled tech-people and 'brogrammers.' Also, smart people solving problems which affect 1% of the world."
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How would you describe your style?
"Half hipster, half preppy with a tint of skateboarder influence."

Where do you shop in the city?
"Unionmade, Taylor Stitch, and Fifth & Brannan."

Are you currently single — we have to ask!
"I am!"

What are you looking for in a potential love? Do they have to be tech-savvy?
"She absolutely does not have to be tech-savvy. I try to steer clear of tech when I'm outside the office. I'd much prefer someone who's into adventures and loves what they do — regardless of what it is. I think the biggest attractor for me is someone who is incredibly passionate about what they do, has personal drive, and has a positive view on life."

Where would we find you when you aren't working?
"Riding my road bike, hanging out at a hip-hop show, or enjoying the outdoors. If it's a Friday, I'm probably somewhere dancing poorly."

What neighborhood do you live in and what is your favorite part of living there?
"Mission! I live right on Valencia and absolutely love it. I love how busy it is, how many restaurants there are, and how the people walking around are generally happy."
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Name: Courtney Guertin
Gig: Co-founder and CTO of Kiip

What does your company do?
"We power the delivery of rewards from major consumer brands in mobile apps. So, when you reach a milestone like completing a to-do list, finishing a 5K run, logging a workout, or beating a high score, Kiip offers you relevant rewards to congratulate you for your achievement."

What is the coolest part about your job?
"Getting to work with my friends in the city that I love, while changing the way brands think about loyalty on mobile devices."

Anything in particular happening in the industry that you’re super excited about?
"After branching out to fitness, health, productivity, food/cooking, and music apps, we’ve realized there are achievement moments everywhere. Now that more activities can be quantified, we can reward them. I’m also fascinated by emerging trends such as wearables and connected devices at home."

Where do you shop in the city?
"Locally, I shop mostly at Taylor Stitch, Welcome Stranger, Azalea, Aether, and Steven Alan. Basically, all of Hayes Valley. I do a fair amount of shopping online as well at Gilt, WearGustin, and some new Kickstarter companies."
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What's the biggest fashion offense you've personally witnessed?
"Crocs. Unless you're gardening, there's no reason."

What is your opinion on S.F. fashion as a whole?
"One word: layers. You almost always need layers and you’ll see people in scarfs and jackets almost all throughout the year. I do think people are choosing to up their game a bit more than in the past. T-shirts, hoodies, and jeans are comfortable, but a blazer or a tailored shirt can make you feel and look great."

Are you currently single —we have to ask!
"I currently have a sweetheart."

What neighborhood do you live in and what is your favorite part of living there?
"I live in Lower Haight and work in SoMa. The best thing about S.F. is that you're in close proximity to so many great restaurants and bars, and near some incredible nature and landscapes. Lands End, Marin, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, and Napa are all close by, and Tahoe isn't far either."

What do you think is the most exciting aspect of San Francisco right now?
"The impact that S.F. brings to the world. Whether it’s revolutionizing the way we communicate with Twitter and WhatsApp, travel with Uber and Lyft, or track our physical activity with Strava, Jawbone, or Fitbit, S.F. is changing the way people go about their everyday lives."
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Name: Dave Johannes
Gig: Designer at Square

Tell us exactly what you do.
"I use my skills in design and visual arts to communicate Square's brand and products through the marketing website, photography, and art direction. Recently, I've switched my focus from communication design to product design. Now I work on Square Market, our e-commerce and online marketplace product."

What is the coolest part about your job?
"The makers and sellers that I meet as part of my job. Every day, I get a glimpse into the lives of passionate individuals, such as entrepreneurs striving to build the perfect coffee shop experience, fashion designers making the most stylish leather bags, or artists creating unique sculptures — the list goes on and on. As a product designer, I get to build things that empower them to focus on what they call their life's work, and that's pretty cool and rewarding."

How would you describe your style?
"I see it as a refined wear-and-tear — to throw in some alliteration, a distressed dapper if you will. I really enjoy well-crafted and tailored products made from great materials, but I do like to see the use and age in things: boots that exhibit it's mileage from hikes; the patina on a coat's metal zipper; or jeans that show scuff from an urban lifestyle."
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Where do you shop in the city?
"I like to go to several of the boutique stores in Hayes Valley and the Mission. I have a few things from Taylor Stitch, and I really like the products at Azalea and Welcome Stranger. I also frequent Ben Sherman in Union Square."

Do you think it is fact or fiction that people assume people who work in tech have bad fashion sense?
"I think there's some truth in that assumption. The hoodie-and-T-shirt look is something that has become synonymous with tech, especially as companies increasingly dole out their own branded swag. It could also be a look pioneered by our industry through the counter-revolution of the traditional 'suit-and-tie' workplace attire. That being said, some of the most well-dressed people I've met have come out of the tech industry."

Are you currently single —we have to ask!
"Yes."
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What are you looking for in a potential lover? Do they have to be tech-savvy?
"She doesn't necessarily have to be tech-savvy or work in tech — but I do appreciate someone who I can geek out with on the latest Apple product or random nerdy references. To me, what's most important is someone who's smart, nice, and up for adventure."

Where would we find you when you aren't working?
"You'll almost always find me sipping cappuccinos and munching on toast at The Mill on Divisadero on most weekends. I also enjoy going on impromptu hikes, day adventures, and photo walks. You'll often see me with a group of close friends after brunch, camera in hand, snapping photos in and around the city."

What neighborhood do you live in and what is your favorite part of living there?
"I live on the Panhandle. I love it since I feel like I'm right on the intersection of several neighborhoods, such as Nopa, Haight-Ashbury, and Lower Haight. Since it's right on the wiggle, it's also really easy to bike to amongst the city's hills and valleys — and I have direct access to Golden Gate Park."
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Name: Rasmus Andersson
Gig: Ex-chief designer and founding member of Spotify, now a Maker at Dropbox

What does your company do?
"We take care of people's memories and digital stuff."

What is the coolest part about your job?
"Being part of exploring the vast number of future possibilities together and the possibility of actually making a positive impact on the world and people's lives."

Anything in particular happening in the industry that you’re super excited about?
"The decline of skeuomorphic software design. I've always been an utilitarian designer, sometimes on the border of suppressing aesthetics altogether. Say what you want about Apple's empire, but iOS is a major force and I'm glad iOS 7 finally showed people — including graphic designers camouflaged as product designers — that we should focus on the task at hand rather than trying to find excuses for making pretty graphics."

What is your favorite thing about working in the tech industry?
"The openness to new ideas. I've worked in the advertising industry — among some other industries — and nowhere else can you find such open minds. But, don't misread me here, I think the Bay Area is unique and amazing in this way, but also terribly conforming."

How would you describe your style?
"Simple, muted, and basic."

Where do you shop in the city?
"Hayes Valley has quite a few gems for men. It's not often I find anything around the Mission/Castro where I live, but Unionmade is pretty nice. I don't go shopping for clothes very often; mostly just browsing."
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Do you think it is fact or fiction that people assume people who work in tech have bad fashion sense?
"From my experience, and generalizing a lot, it's true. But, who is to say what is good and bad taste? Everything is relative. It's clear though that this industry has a lot of people who simply don't care about their personal presentation, which I think is common for people in general, and not a bad thing. In fact, I think it's great — it might mean that such a person is simply very comfortable in how they are perceived."

What's the biggest fashion offense you've personally witnessed?
"There are so many terrible sandals. Dressing feet is a delicate matter that can easily end up on the far wrong side of the spectrum of beautiful–horrendous."

Are you currently single — we have to ask!
"Indeed I am."

If single, what are you looking for in a potential lady? Does she have to be tech-savvy?
"The people I connect the best with usually have different interests and views on life. An intimate relation with someone who works with very similar things in the same industry might not be a great thing. What will we be talking about? Will we already share a couple of friends? No, I'd rather meet someone who has a major interest — or, spends her life pursuing something — that is a minor or medium interest of mine, and vice versa."

What neighborhood do you live in and what is your favorite part of living there?
"Dolores Park. It's quiet, green, and warm, but close to the Mission, Castro, and Hayes Valley with good coffee shops, bars, and friends. Most of my friends live within a short walk from here."

What do you think is the most exciting aspect of San Francisco right now?
"Being in the industry I am, I'd say this is the largest kitchen with the most magic and positive turbulence right now. Generally speaking, San Francisco also appeals to my European and Scandinavian human values, like taking it a bit slower, than a place like New York City, and the stronger taking care of the weaker."
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