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Dear fellow programmers

I'm the CTO and the lead programmer at our start-up. Our CEO came into office with hurry and asked me to reschedule so we can pick a very important customer at the airport. When at the airport, I realized the customer is actually more of a business man, a visionary (and a quite successful one) than a programmer. I knew from somewhere else that he was a programmer once so I asked him what happened? After a long humiliating look at my expense he replied :

"-What happened ? I have people to code for me !"

I have been thinking about what he said since that moment. I am bit by bit losing my interest in development and feel like we are all kinda 2nd class citizens in the IT industry. I can't help feeling like programmers and technical people in general are mere tools in the hands of more visionary people. Your insights are most welcome.

EDIT: As it appears, to some the question is unclear. What I'm asking is a comparison between technical and visionary people and to give evidence that technical people are not replaceable work-units in the big scheme of things. The story is just to give the reader a picture of the problem.

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closed as not constructive by thorsten müller, Kilian Foth, gnat, Giorgio, GlenH7 Mar 5 '13 at 12:02

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Probably because it's not clear what you're asking here, and seems extremely subjective, to boot. –  Avner Shahar-Kashtan Mar 5 '13 at 11:30
May I know the reason for the down votes ? –  ashy_32bit Mar 5 '13 at 11:30
It's rather clear what he asks but simply off topic because not constructive and can only lead to a discussion without a real answer. –  thorsten müller Mar 5 '13 at 11:40
This would be a funny interpretation of "meta". But I guess within the SO network there isn't a site that really fits. Maybe The Workplace would accept it, but not sure. It's just very opinionated and chatty. If you want more "open" discussions, then some of the programmer oriented subs on Reddit are an interesting place. (btw: you see this wrong. they depend on us as much as the other way around, the good suits know this anyway, the bad ones learn when they lose large part of a once great team) –  thorsten müller Mar 5 '13 at 11:57
@JimG. WP didn't like the question, either: workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/10086/… –  gnat Mar 5 '13 at 14:53

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Your question makes clear that you have not much of an idea of how the market order is working and what its fundaments are: It's simply free exchange of goods and sevices, which in turn makes division of labour possible, which makes high productivity possible, which, in turn, makes high welfare possible as far as it concerns material goods.

You can turn it like you want, but in a free market exchange order, everybody is some ones elses "tool", and is scrambling to sell goods and services to other people.b The business people are the servants of the masses, they stay only in business as long as they can prove, every day, that they serve the wants of the consumer better than other people.

Like it or not, but the alternative is slavery. Hence, no reason to get depressed.

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Also, the fact that someone (especially some random stranger) looks down at you because of what job you have doesn't really mean that you or your job are horrible, nor should it make you feel ashamed. –  Shivan Dragon Mar 5 '13 at 12:29

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