Underrated: Farming

In my book The StartUp Revolution: Fit In or Stand Out, I talk about the various stages of development from the hunting, self-sufficieny age, through the farming, then industrial revolution and now the connection age. Five thousand years ago, every human was a hunter. If you were hungry, you got a rock or a stick…

Underrated: Doing work that matters

When I think of underrated, I think of a guy named Mark Bustos. Mark Bustos is a high-end hair stylist in New York City, working at a boutique salon where haircuts start at $150 [+R1,500] and lots of clients are well-known celebrities. But every Sunday, on his only day off, Mark hits the streets of New…

Underrated: Square One

"It's back to square one." When people say these words, it is usually after they have been defeated or failed and are forced to start again. Perhaps the worst outcome most people can imagine when a project stutters is having to go, "all the way back to square one." Apparently, square one is an unhappy…

Labor unions in a post-industrial revolution

The us/them mindset of the successful industrialist led to the inevitable and essential creation of labor unions. If, as Smith and Marx wrote, owning the means of production transfers maximum value to the factory owner, the labor union provided a necessary correction to an inherently one-sided relationship. Industrialism is based on doing a difficult thing [making…