A brief history of geeks

Before smartphones, social networks, and other must-have tech, it wasn't a badge of honor to be called a geek. Here's a look back at the evolution of the nerds.

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From Slumdog to Dotcom Millionaires



Purists would say that the tech appearance declined in the 1990s—where did the bow ties and suspenders go? But so did the standards for why VCs would fork over millions to nearly anyone with a dotcom-related "business plan" ("Got a PowerPoint deck, elevator pitch or words scribbled on napkin? You do. Great!"). No matter, the '90s geek flourished with a new, casual look that screamed: "I know technology, I'll be working here for three months tops, and you need to pay me truckloads of money." [Image credit: Getty Images]

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