When most people think of developers, they think of socially awkward, not-quite-attractive shut-ins along the lines of the characters from “The Big Bang Theory.”
Each year, we try to go against that stereotype by rounding up the sexiest developers out there. (We used to call this feature the sexiest “programmers,” but decided “developers” was more appropriate.)
This year we held an open nomination process and found 14 of the hottest developers we’ve had yet.
Not only are they all great to look at, they’re also super talented: from National Science Foundation Fellows to founders that have seen their companies be successfully acquired, these guys and gals show that developers can have brains and beauty.
We received a bunch of nominations for Vincent almost immediately after our putting up our earlier this week. He's clearly a good-looking guy. He also led the team that created Mashable's iPad app and the websites of Vogue and The Daily Beast.
Hilary is the only programmer on this list who also happens to actually be a professional model. She started coding as a teenager and founded one of the earliest online magazines. She's currently CEO of a startup that sells fashionable clothing to support charitable efforts in Africa.
Bryan was the founder and CTO of Giftiki until it was acquired last year. Now he's product manager at AppDirect, where he's working bringing the cloud to the mainstream by making it easier for cloud platform creators to sell their products to users and businesses.
Jade made our list last year and we brought her back because she's still working on some awesome projects. A former Sony programmer who helped in the creation of Sony Online's Research and Development group, Jade is currently producing the next title in the Splinter Cell series of video games.
A programmer at Foursquare, Mike was also in last year's group - and was promptly nominated several times within hours of our post going up asking for suggestions for this year.
Michele is not only beautiful, she's also exceptionally brilliant. A graduate from Princeton with a Masters from Columbia, Michele has been a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and now does trading using advanced computer models for Victor Neiderhoffer.
After getting a Masters in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Larry went on to design processors at AMD and mobile devices at Motorola. He also happens to look pretty snazzy in a suit.
Kaila is another returning 'hottest programmer' from previous years. Besides that coveted claim to fame, she's also a talented front-end and WordPress developer.
A self-described hacker, Will graduated with a degree in computers science from Boston University. From there he went on to engineer enterprise-level platform components capable of working with a variety of data formats from multiple companies. He's also a bit of a fashionista, which makes him a perfect match at Clothes Horse, a company that aims to help people find clothes that fit.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Amanda is currently a Senior Manager of Technology and Quality Assurance at Condé Nast, the owner of such popular publications as Wired and The New Yorker.
A graduate of the University of Illinois with an MBA from Columbia, Nick is a Founder and the CTO of ZocDoc, a company that aims to help people find doctors that accept their health insurance and know when they're available.
Amanda is a serial innovator and entrepreneur. A graduate of Emory's Business School, Amanda has been involved with projects ranging from helping users find mobile apps to making health profiles from DNA analysis and introducing kids to wearable computing.
Karthik has an impressive resumé - he built Bank of America's e-commerce platform from scratch and is now the 'Chief Hacker' (CEO) at WeLink, a startup that takes data from social networking sites and outputs information like user sentiment about a particular topic. A warning: while he certainly has good looks, he seems to have a strange obsession with mangos.
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