I'm here at TechCrunch Disrupt and have been watching the talks and perusing the "Startup Alley" and would like to make the assertion that the "Tech Industry" is actually less about building technology and rather, about building products that use technology.
The "Tech Industry" was born out of solving incredibly difficult problems that would eventually enable other things to be built. Think processors, hard drives, difficult algorithms that solve major search issues.
These days I feel like the industry as a whole focuses far less on building these core technologies but instead focuses on leveraging them to develop products.
For example, I see Uber as a transportation company that intelligently leverages technology.