In Pictures: Who came up with your least favourite tech buzzwords?

Some buzzwords evolve from the foam of language; others are invented in strokes of evil genius

Growth hacker Growth hacker is another phrase that didn't arise organically from techies babbling at each other but rather was deliberately launched with fanfare by Sean Ellis in his Software Marketing blog in 2010. A growth hacker, in case you don't know, is someone who works hard, perhaps in unorthodox ways, to increase the number of customers or users of a product or service. That might sound a lot like "marketing" to you, but keep in mind that lots of people who think of themselves as "hackers" don't like marketing, so you have to trick them into doing it. By 2013 the phrase was already recognized as a terrible buzzword.

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