I do wonder the category of “builder” is real as opposed to a self-congratulatory identity. Yes people build, but it’s a messy and loose group not a tight and coherent identity group. It’s like the difference between people who work in science vs people who post “I fucking love science” slogans
To the extent it’s a performative identity category (I’d say 80% of those who talk about it) targeting “builders” as a product growth strategy is building on quicksand.
"...I'm not a politician, but neither is Donald Trump! He iS a bUilDeR" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUTnOQZOYv0
I’ve been making this kinda comparison to seamstresses, patternmakers, and other roles within fashion. A lot of people also disqualifying themselves before any self-congratulation enters the mind.
For this reason I greatly prefer “developers” or “entrepreneurs”. Both of these have better definitions.
I've never called myself a builder because I see the depth the ones I work with go, and feel like I am insulting the title taking it yet. It's such a loose term now to. Like "Community Builder",for example. Is it a builder, probably, but it's not a dev.
The same is true of “founder”s
is this also why you avoid labelling yourself as a “writer”?
Yeah I’ve filed “builder” as closely adjacent to “hustler.” Who knows what’s actually getting built? Sure, could be a business or a product, but also might be a brand, a vibe, a web of lies, a narrative.
In my mind “builder” literally means someone who doesn’t (or very possibly can’t) actually build (program, design, etc)
Bring back hacker
This is speech act meant to distract people from critique.
I'd rather use builder because it's a more usefully broad term. Anyone shipping shit is building imo, write, developer, marketer, etc. The differentiation with those people not doing. I dislike Entrepreneur because 1) the word has terrible UX and 2) its synonymous with a narrower crowd
The words we use matter, the words we use also don't matter Shipping matters, not shipping is a problem. I just want to reinforce that goal, whatever words makes people feel comfortable I'll happily use. Imagine if someone said I will only create a thing as an entrepreneur, I won't do it as a builder, that'd be silly
if I had to apply a label: full-stack engineer and going from start to finish. A founder as builder of meaningful scale and impact. A hacker as messier organization & extracts from a whole. Entrepreneur owns a business. Operator is a company/product driver. Engineer/architecture as stability/flow & expansion
What is a *real* identity vs a self-congratulatory one? Can they be separated and still tied to one’s work?
the greatest builders I know have one word bios like “coder”