The part about impatience is especially dangerous. Being impatient with your business is a good way to produce something of low quality because you just didn't take the time to get it right.
All businesses are simultaneously vulnerable to both launching too quickly and waiting too long. Waiting too long is similarly a good way to produce something that's either irrelevant or sucks because it hasn't been subjected to rounds of iterative improvements based on customer feedback.
An impatient founder who is 100% focused on their opinion of the best way forward, and frenetically works on that while involving the team can be a tremendous boost to company-wide productivity.
But yeah, I'm having a hard time coming up with many famous entrepreneurs who seem like a good fit for the hustler stereotype. My guess is that you need a certain amount of hustle to be in the game at all, but you don't need the high level implied by the term "hustler".
Sometimes it seems like we believe that we are paving new ground, when all it is is that we never bother to learn from those who have traveled this road before.
A "hustler", as the article defines, should be the function of everyone in a startup, even us "hackers" (if we can come down from the pedestal).
And the word ‘hacker’ is nothing like the word ‘hustler’: it doesn’t involve any sex trade connotations, and has a well-established meaning related to productivity and creative pursuits.
As a side-note: if we actually want to address the gender imbalance in the tech industry, it’s a bad idea to appropriate words that mean ‘pimp’ and give them positive connotations.
The secondary and tertiary definitions are pimp and prostitute.
I have never associated the word "hustler" with a pimp and never even heard it used in that connotation, and I doubt most people have.
I'm with you on the gender imbalance and being sensitive to all persons, but let's not go looking for things that aren't there.
I'd love for HN to redefine 'hustler' without the negative connotations much the same as we have redefined 'hacker'.
(Which normally has quite negative fraudulent connotations that we're not tapping into here.)