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Francisco Dao is a loser @theman

by Jeremy Schoemaker on December 17, 2012 · 24 comments

I have had this in my drafts folder for a bit. When I first wrote it I was really pissed. I can’t disagree with this topic more. I stopped going half cocked and letting it fly (for the most part) on the post button so its been in my drafts. I let it go for a bit but I wanted to post it because its a really important top.

So I ran across this article called “Networking is for Losers“. The article is short and to the point.

This paragraph pretty much sums it up:

The kind of people you want to meet aren’t out at networking events, handing out business cards. Think about it. Have you ever seen Marc Andreessen at a Tweet-up or a monthly chamber of commerce mixer? Of course not. He doesn’t have time to hang out with smankers and people trying to sell him things. Going to an open networking event is like going to a dating party for really unattractive people. There might be an occasional diamond in the rough, but usually it’s just rough.

Are you fucking kidding me?

Side NoteI have met Mr. Networking is For Losers, Francisco Dao, at a networking event in San Francisco. He was working for Neil Patel at the time on some project that I believe he eventually got fired from. You could tell he thought he was big shit in the VC scene. Even though hes like 50 years old or something and has never done anything other than work or write for others.

If you have been reading my blog for about any length of time you know I can’t stand people that give advice or talk about things that they have NO ACTUAL EXPERIENCE DOING.

Guess what? I have met Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, Kevin Rose, Paris Hilton and etc etc at private parties. I even got Mark Cuban to show up at our Tweetup in Minneapolis. I even ran into Tim Ferris at a networking event in Omaha, Nebraska. Guess how much business I have done with them? DICK.

General Networking is where it is you dumbshit.

This is why you (Francisco) have never accomplished anything. You are trying to ride these guys nuts attending elite parties hoping they will remember you from all the ass kissing you do.

I like to be with regular people. What you call “unattractive people” or “smackers” are what I call my people. I like to hang with regular people. This is why at any event you will find me at the expo hall meeting and talking with people. Ask anyone who has ever met me. I don’t care if your selling hotdogs or balling out of control. Ive been on both ends and love to talk with others and what they are doing.

Here is from my experience – all of my major successes have come from free networking events. At 3am playing poker with internet marketers someone suggested I make AuctionAds. At a free lunch someone gave me the idea to start my own conference series. At NYC I ran into a guy randomly who suggested I make my own info product.

And here is the best one. Before anyone knew who I was or ShoeMoney.com existed… I was networking with some friends and a guy said to me – You know what you should start your own blog…

I’ll stick with the losers…

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– who has written 2858 posts on ShoeMoney.com.

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of the ShoeMoney Blog, Elite Retreat Internet Conference, & the PAR Program. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 Amazon Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. Jeremy currently lives in Lincoln Nebraska with his wife and 2 daughters.


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{ 24 comments }

1 daniel

Yeah…. Networking is sure a nice way to connect with good old friends– it’s also a good way to stay in touch with existing prospects.

I love the simplicity in this content.

You rock Jeremy!

2 Derek

Good Post Shoemoney. I’m just a above average online marketer who is doing a lot of things online but most of it is helping other people and not actually helping myself succeed with my goals.

Wish I had free time to attend an event because I’ve always wanted to meet the people who I read there blog posts every single day and learn new things. Nice to put a face with the keyboard.

3 Darnell Jackson

Good point J. These networking events are a waste of time.

Unless you’re the organizer then they can be profitable.

The best way I have found to meet people is to DO STUFF.

I met the owner of the local pro basketball team (ABA) off a $1 sign I hang on a telephone pole. The team ended up inviting me to their inaugural press conference and all.

I didn’t join some club with a special logo or pay some fee to be part of some organization.

What I learned was if you want to be found be active.

4 Len

Shoe it sounds like you name drop a lot here…. Are you sure that the big names don’t mean anything to you ?

5 Malcolm

I have love for the little people

6 Jere

Does he still go to conferences ? Kinda just want to meet this guy and see if he is an ignorant asshole

7 Orville

Glad you listened and started your own blog. I get enjoyment out of it every day

8 Billie

Love networking you meet so many people this way and it is who you know not what you know most of the time

9 Lyndon

Timmy I love him. What a brilliant man . And I cannot believe you have met mark Cuban … Tat is ridiculously craziness

10 Neil

I would rather be friends with big wigs. They are way more fun to party with .

11 Gayle

I have never heard of this guy but he sounds like a total Duchebag . I hate people that think they are actually friends with famous people and then they name drop like no other.

12 Kenneth

I completely agree with you Jeremy . The big name people in life are not the right people to talk to. You are wasting your time, energy, and money if you think the other way.

13 Micah

Do you have beef with this guy?

14 Jeremy Schoemaker

Nope there is no history

15 Michael

Thanks to this post I’m gonna start hitting networking events… Without ever going to a freaking networking event, I thought the same as Francisco Dao, they’re a waste of time, no one worth meeting there, etc… but I’m going to take Shoe’s advice and try them out.

Experience really is the only true way to know something.

16 Wade

Stick it to the man! Put this guy on this shit list!!

17 David Melamed

I think I know where mr. Networking for losers went wrong… he mentions that marc anderseen doesn’t have time to hang out with people trying to sell him things… the point of networking is to connect with others. To build relationships and make friends. Of course you won’t get anywhere if you go in only thinking about yourself and what you can get out of this. Mr. Networking is for losers guy is just someone so self absorbed that he can’t bear the thought of actually meeting people… he must sell them or be able yo claim he hangs out with the big guns… he is so low that he must put down others in order to feel good about himself… so sad. So lonely. When you give you will receive when you take you will lose. Bottom line, let’s encourage people like this networking is for losers guy to stay away from our open networking events so we can focus on building bridges and connecting with folks that want to be friends, and connect back with us instead of take from us and use us.

18 Ty

This is one of my favorite posts you have ever written.

19 Chance

Mark Cuban is a baller.

20 Luciano

You go shoe! I have meet you and several events and everytime I go away thinking, wow, what a cool down to earth guy. I learn something from you everytime we chat.

21 Ben

You sound like a politician. hahahaha

22 Rudolf

It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.

23 Markus Ossi

That guy who sells hot dogs is awesome by the way.

24 Gabriel Zota

The ammount of money people in general networking just randomly have ideas about is staggering. No CEO events will hand you out ideas, there’s a tendency to shut up about these. Smart

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