Superheroes vs. Rockstars

You’re a Rockstar!! It’s become common in the technical world to refer to a really smart person as a ‘Rockstar’. This is terribly unfortunate. Don’t get me wrong – Rockstars are cool with their torn-up jeans, long hair, assorted substance-abuse problems, groupies and stalkers. That’s all, um, awesome stuff, and perhaps worthy of some sort of aspiration. In fact, I used to talk about our team at Skeleton Key as a group of Rockstars brought together in a sort of ‘super-band’ ~ like The Yardbirds might be for guitarists. I’ve since changed this language. As a rule, we don’t hire Rockstars. You read that right. NO ROCKSTARS HERE. As promoted at FileMaker’s DevCon 2010, we have opted for the more accurate term of SUPERHEROES!

Four Reasons Superheroes Are Better Than Rockstars

  1. Superheroes, by and large, are not egotistical maniacs. They do their job ~ a job that amazes the rest of us ~ and then slip back under the humble cover of their mild-mannered alter-egos.
  2. Superheroes deliver extraordinary value, and in the end their ‘clients’ seek ways to remunerate them. Have you ever seen those exposés about Rockstars’ contracts? Insane demands, like “I need Jelly Beans, but only the blue ones, and they must be individually wrapped in yellow silk towelettes”.
  3. Superheroes are timeless. Green Lantern, The Flash, Captain America, Superman – you’ve heard of them, your kids know them, their kids will know them. As evidenced by the VH1 series ‘Where Are They Now’, Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons, no matter how hard they try, this really isn’t as true for Rockstars.
  4. Two words: X-ray vision. Does that really need any explanation?

If you’re looking for regular old ‘Rockstar’ FileMaker developers, call someone else. We only work with Superhero FileMaker Developers!