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10 Tech Companies That Are Basically Hipster Indie Music Acts

There's plenty of ammo for the argument that tech professionals are basically total hipsters. But the reality is, the companies themselves are pretty much analogous to indie hipster music acts.

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Facebook is known for moving fast and breaking things. In a sense, they are the original "powerhouse" hacker haven. Everyone knows about, and uses, Facebook. As a bonus, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is known for wearing a hoodie basically 24/7 and hanging out in San Francisco's Mission District.

Around the same time Facebook was taking off and getting ready to go public, a band called Arcade Fire released their third album, The Suburbs. They went on to headline music festivals and brought indie to the mainstream.

So, what other tech companies are basically like indie rock bands?

There's Amazon: It's extremely reliable, very widely used, and has a pretty good product. People like it, but they aren't rabid fanboys like those who use Apple products.

Seriously: When was the last time you told someone you listened to Kings of Leon — and not because they happened to be at a music festival you attended?

Instagram was just a tiny hipster photo-sharing app that exploded in popularity... and then subsequently (and very quickly) sold out for what was $1 billion at the time to Facebook.

Then there's Dropbox, one of the hottest tech startups in Silicon Valley that basically everyone uses. But they've pretty much always done the same thing since they launched: online storage.

Snapchat is an app that has gone completely nuclear, and yet, still very little is known about what the company does — or how they plan to make money.

Google is extremely useful, and just about everyone (at least the engineers) love working there. It has its share of fanboys when it comes to Android too. Google has its hands in just about all of the internet.

Here we have Broken Social Scene: a collective ranging from six to more than a dozen people, all of whom are in basically every indie band in the music universe.

Apple is — in its size and importance — much like Google, except for one thing: Its fans are much more vocal (and that's putting it nicely).

Radiohead has always been extremely popular and is about as influential as it gets when it comes to the indie scene. And its fans will NEVER let you forget that.

Matthew Lynley is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News in San Francisco. Lynley reports on Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

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