Q&A with David “Shingy” Shing: facilitator, disruptor, prophet

AOL’s David “Shingy” Shing is a self-proclaimed “digital prophet.” He’s made a living out of forecasting the future, whether that’s the newest trend in tech or the next shift in social media culture. We got a chance to chat with Shingy in a freewheeling conversation about why daily routines are good for creativity, how not to run a brainstorm, and why money and fame aren’t critical for career happiness.

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Meetings are a waste of time. Here’s how to fix them.

Meetings are a fact of our modern work lives, but they’re not winning any popularity contests. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith summed up the general sentiment when he said, “Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” And there may be more than a grain of truth there—surveys report that up to 50% of the time we spend in meetings is a waste of time. And it’s costing American businesses an estimated $37 billion a year.

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Transparency report: Updating our report for the second half of 2016

Over the last ten years, more than half a billion users have trusted Dropbox to keep their files safe. As we continue to grow, transparency plays a critical role in maintaining our users’ hard-earned trust. We publish our transparency report twice a year, disclosing the number of requests we receive from government and law enforcement. Today, we’re releasing our Transparency Report covering the data requests we received during the second half of 2016.

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These are the 5 tasks you should stop doing today

When you have a ton of work on your plate, multitasking seems like the obvious answer. It’s natural to want to ensure every detail is perfect—no matter how many projects you have to oversee. One thing you can’t control, though, is the number of hours in your day. So, what do you do when your default mode is DIY, not delegation? Simple: shift your focus from figuring out how you can do more, to how you can do less. Here’s how you can cross off the to-dos you don’t want to do, starting with these five time wasters.

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