Ancient symbols of power and virility, beards have gone hand-and-chin with computers at least as far back as the Home Brew Computer Club and the early days of Unix. Let's face it, engineers are better known for software than fashion sense, and nothing says "I have been holed up for the last month in a cubicle swilling Mountain Dew and coding in Objective-C" than stubble gone to seed.
But who's got the fairest beard of all? To find out, we combed the Valley for the most eligible whiskers, assembled a panel of distinguished judges, and organized the first official Fortune beard-off. (For more tonsorial news, see Fortune's look at CEO hairstyles.) Gentlemen, show us your chin hair!