Char·la·tan: a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via false pretense or deception.
Perhaps you’ve encountered a charlatan in the Minnesota tech community or maybe you know one intimately. They’re not unique to Minnesota, though can be harder to spot sometimes because of the culture here. For the uninitiated, this is a quick charlatan test to consider using out there:
- Do their actions match their words?
- A basic means of character assessment.
- Have they actually done what they claim to know about?
- Full stop.
- Does the history add up?
- Hyperbole and storytelling are just part of the process.
- Is it clear what they actually do and how they get paid?
- The illusion of production is no substitute for the real thing.
- Name dropping…
- Charlatan’s live off the credibility and successes of others.
- Bonus: oddly precise numbers and percentages?
- If that figure sounds suspiciously and unnecessarily specific, chalk it up to charlatanism.
Is there anything you would add?