In an effort to avoid wasting anyone’s time, this ‘week’s most interesting’ has absolutely nothing – NOTHING – to do with fintech, payments, software or investment banking. In fact it has nothing to do with, well, just about anything normally discussed here. But in the spirit of entertaining subscribers in an objectively terrible week of news, including crashing financial markets, threats of nuclear war, and climate-based catastrophes, I proffer this gem of a story from Business Insider, which I just can’t stop re-reading. In fact I still can’t believe it’s not from The Onion.
So sayeth the article from the 15th, the new elective surgery trend for BIG Tech software engineers, many of whom being in the employ of Silicon Valley’s and the Pacific-West’s largest tech names – Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook – is “leg lengthening”. Otherwise known as “heightening” in Seinfeldian terms. Demand for the procedure, which reportedly costs between $70k – $150k skews male with a few female exceptions.
So I thought, perhaps, that on a Sunday morning when 401Ks are rolling-over, a soon-to-be hurricane Ian is set to rake the West Coast of Florida, and Putin is conscripting hundreds of thousands of young Russian men for his invasion of Ukraine – something not done since WWII – we can all ‘lighten our load’, albeit briefly, imagining what a 6’10” Mark Zuckerberg, or a 7’1” Satya Nadella would look like sauntering into their next, annual investor conferences.
Tech Workers Are Paying $75K for Leg-Lengthening Surgery: GQ