The days are short, the leaves are falling and it's undeniably brisk outside. That can mean only one thing: it's beard growing season. November, which in some circles is better known as Movember or No Shave November, is just about over, and we thought it was about time to celebrate the bearded.
If you're planning — or even considering — putting down the razor for the winter, chances are you could use some beardspiration. We caught up with some of NYC tech's hairiest faces and asked them what they thought was so great about a beard.
Jake Levine, Core Engineering Manager at Meetup
"Beards provide a great many things, including both warmth and something to scratch when I'm stuck on a hard problem."
What appears to be most of Yotpo's male NYC-based team
"They're some serious gentleman, no? Cookie Monster and Elmo haven't been trimmed in a month either."
Arthur Brombacher, Quality Assurance Tester, BrainPOP
"Why are beards awesome? They keep your face warm and you can style them in so many ways! Happy Noshavember!"
Bill Elward, VP, Audience Growth and Engagement at Bankrate
“Beards are great because they are easy to maintain.”
Brian Plumacher, Product Manager at Bankrate
“My girlfriend thinks it’s awesome, so I can’t shave my beard.”
Jason Vera, HRIS/Compensation Analyst at Bankrate
“The beard is awesome because it compensates for lack of hair elsewhere.”
John Pries, Manager, Procure to Pay (Accounts Payable) at Bankrate
“Beards are awesome because they are easy.”
Mark Abraham, Director, Performance Marketing at Bankrate
“I’d be lost without my beard.”
Eric Till, Technical Recruiter at Bankrate
“Beards are awesome because they catch cookie crumbs so I can eat them later.”
Mitchell Rosenthal, E-mail Senior Manager at Bankrate
“My family doesn’t think I’m awesome without my beard.”
Daniel Dobosz, Director, Talent Acquisition at Tapad
"I get to grow this stache once a year, look like the Mario Bros and raise money for Men’s Health Awareness – a win-win in my book."
Brody Alvarez, CEO (Cuteness Executive Officer) at Tapad
"Because the ladies love ‘em."
Toby Matejovsky, Director of Engineering at Tapad
"Beards are great for collecting ice while skiing."
Michael Gelberg, Director, Business Intelligence at Tapad
"Beards are a great way to hide the fact that you’re too lazy to shave :D"
Andy Shafer, Product Manager at Tapad
"My girlfriend’s grandmother once told me kissing a man without a mustache is like eating an egg without salt."
Maurice Barron; Dir. Platform Solutions at Tapad
"Not every girl likes a beard but when they like it, they really like it!!!"