I am most definitely not a techie. I mean, I can touch type which comes in handy but I couldn't code my way out of a paper bag even if I had to.
However, I do 'technically' work in tech. And not only that, I work with people who aren't techies but also either work in tech, or run tech companies. A lot of the people I come across on a day-to-day basis are either running, or just about to set up, a company that is built on technology in one way or another.
They've come up with an idea for a new app or a website, they've found a way to make current systems within their industry work faster or more efficiently, or they've seen a gap in the market following a few too many pints in the pub.
Regardless of their background, people from all kinds of industries are inadvertently becoming the founders of tech companies - whether they realise it or not!
I guess if you're anything like my Mum (who's 70 years old this year *sorry Mum), the use of the combination ctrl-alt-del would warrant some form of technical masters degree. But unfortunately, a ctrl-alt-del combo does not a techie make.
The most successful technology companies I come across, either in person or via the press, have that magical combination of tech and business acumen leading the way. I think that's partly to do with the different ways in which they see things - like having an engineer and an artist create something beautiful and functional at the same time!
I think the lines are becoming more blurred, with traditional 'techies' proving themselves as successful business people, and business people being innovative technology founders. The key is to combine the two.
sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken, and having an engineer or a data scientist on staff does not make you a technology company.