“On the Spectrum”
We all have our quirks. Some of us are genetically quirky but function well nonetheless. If you find yourself identifying with traits common in Asperger’s syndrome, ADD or dyslexia your skills and aptitudes are highly coveted and marketable in the software industry.
You can take the AQ Test here to find out if you are in the range: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.12/aqtest.html
We all eventually grow up and out of that awkward stage (well, some of us) and when we leave the playground we must find a balance in the office/work-force with the smooth-talking executives and managers. If you fall somewhere “on the spectrum” you are a potentially valuable prospect for hyper-paced tech start-ups.
A recent article in the Economist points to some famous examples of successful entrepreneurs that took their quirks to market: http://www.economist.com/node/21556230
*A cautionary note however: If you are in the process of genetically scoping out your future brood look for a complementary strike. The protocol is not always obvious, but here is our (somewhat obscure) theory. The social should breed with the shy. The Type A with the B. Blood Type O with B or A. You get it by now… mix up your batter before it bakes.