What’s the profile of a Rockstar?

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Rock star,» at least in IT circles, used to mean «master of this domain.» But is it coming to mean, «We want a miracle worker, because we have no idea what we’re doing?You can find plenty of job ads that look for rock stars, such as «Senior expert guru wizard JAVASCRIPT/AJAX DEVELOPER» or «Hot NYC startup looking for rockstar developer.»

A few years ago, calling someone a «rock star» meant:

  • You were the (or a) big cheese in this technology domain and/or a specific community
  • You were reasonably articulate about the subject and/or visible (such as someone who shares knowledge publicly—book author, conference speaker, or just well-beloved for expertise within a particular discussion group)
  • And, in the context of a Help Wanted ad, it also implied «We’ll pay a lot»

Calling someone a rock star used to mean you were saying she was «best of the best».



  • Master: A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity.
  • Guru: An influential teacher or popular expert.
  • Wizard: A person who is very skilled in a particular field or activity.
  • Well-Beloved: Sincerely and deeply loved.


  If you want a contrasting opinion to broaden your perspective, you can read it here.


  • What does someone need to do to be considered a “Rock Star”?

Session 2

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Julio Cesar Diaz Barron from Reforma Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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