Are 25-40 year old parents leading the Web 2.0 revolution?

April 21, 2006

Just an idle thought. A lot of people I’m talking to online and offline lately involved in Web 2.0 (including some cutting edge blogging stuff) are 25-40 and have young kids. Am I falling into the trap I was always afraid of when I wrote The Blog Herald where I’ve become insular and naturally refined myself to those similar to myself, or is there something more to this? (in case you didn’t know, my new boss will be 4 in August…and that will be 100 metres of track laid thanks daddy).

I mean, really, when you’ve got young children, you shouldn’t be taking risks…right? And yet, more and more people I’ve met are! And its like there’s a majority in the field to some extent. I’ve done no hard figures on this, but I’d think that this demographic seems to be quite over represented as a proportion of the general population.

Share your thoughts. Am I on to something, or do I just need to get out more 🙂

3 responses to Are 25-40 year old parents leading the Web 2.0 revolution?

  1. I believe you are right Duncan, especially in the online space.

    The age bracket you have selected seems right to me (25-40), its the beginning of the Y Gen (up to 27 yrs old) and the tail of the X Gen. That’s the age bracket the understands computers, internet and business. Any younger and they certainly understand computers and the internet… but not necessarily ‘business’. Having said that I did start ineedhits when I was just 20, but back then I was not part of the norm, especially in Perth.

    Once you have hit this age bracket (25yrs+) you are likely to have already had children, or are about to… so I think its more an age thing, than a parent thing.

    Anyway that’s my 2 cents on your idle thought.

    — Clay

  2. I think our (I’m mid-30s) generation sees having kids as something that is as much of an adventure as starting a new company.

    The way i see it, most people are doing a few years of corporate slavery, perhaps even convincing themselves that corporate politics is just a necessary evil, and then something happens to make them take stock. It might be retrenchment, getting married, the loss of a loved one, finding/losing religion, hittign 30, or whatever … the end result is they look around and wonder what they should be doing.

    A few years later, there they are, with little folks running/crawling around their feet, working all hours to get the next release done (or even worse, just working towards 1.0).