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Francisco Dao

Francisco Dao is the founder of 50Kings, a private community for technology and media innovators. He is a former leadership columnist for Inc.com, a lifelong entrepreneur, author, and former stand-up comic. He writes every Tuesday and Thursday for PandoDaily.
  1. Is it time for a new American revolution?

    People know the Fourth of July as America’s birthday but it really marks the day our founding fathers started a somewhat ill-conceived war with an uncertain outcome. In hindsight, it all looks wonderful, but in 1776 there was a very big difference between declaring independence and actually achieving it. Compared to the British army, the colonial troops were poorly armed and badly outnumbered but they pushed forward in the face of questionable odds because they believed it was the only way to remedy what they felt were abuses by the British Crown. We all know the American colonists won the war for independence but what we forget is that they paid for that victory with blood and sacrifice.

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  2. Who wants to go to Belize with me?

    If you’ve ever read my byline, you know that when I’m not writing my PandoDaily column, I run an invitation only adventure called 50Kings. If you’re not familiar with it, read this CNN link that explains the details.

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  3. The last day

    He thought the hard part would be laying off his friends, but they knew it was coming and made it easy on him. They told him it wasn’t his fault, and for a moment he felt things weren’t all bad. But that was 10 days ago when the last one hugged him goodbye and graciously left. 10 days that he’d been alone, desperately searching for something, anything to save his company.

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  4. Tech really is the new Hollywood...in all the worst ways

    There seems to be a trend of people declaring that tech is the new Hollywood, and I think they might be right. I’ve lived in Los Angeles a long time, and I can tell you first-hand that while Hollywood employs some of the most talented people in the world and dominates the global industries of film, television, and music, it is also a magnet for con men, do-nothing dreamers, and various leeches of every sort. This dichotomy of incredible talent and those just looking to bask in its reflected glow is the price the entertainment industry pays for being cool. And with tech’s newfound cool factor, Silicon Valley is looking a lot like Hollywood...in all the worst ways.

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  5. More than just a place to buy things

    When I was around 10 years old I used to love going to the supermarket with my mother. I was a latchkey kid, so it was a treat both to spend time with her and get out of the house on a weeknight. My mom always shopped on weeknights to avoid the crowds. As I got older and became an unruly teenager, our relationship grew more strained, so those evenings I spent pushing her shopping cart down the aisles at the market will always have a special place in my memory. It seems like a trivial thing, buying groceries with mom, but as shopping increasingly moves online, it’s one more thing that will likely slip away.

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  6. Understanding the irrational voter

    Regardless of which side of the political divide you’re on, you probably look at the opposition with confusion and disbelief. For many, trying to decipher the choices people make when they seem to vote against their self interest is an exercise in frustration, but voters aren’t as confounding as they appear. In order to make sense of a seemingly irrational body politic, one need only ignore the rules of economics and apply the rules of fashion and branding.

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  7. The dangerous culture of comfort

    I had originally planned on writing only about the effects of comfort on corporate culture, but as I read over the statistics from Vivek Wadhwa’s new book on immigrant entrepreneurs, I started to consider how comfort plays a role in American society as a whole.

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  8. Attention too seductive to quit

    Many of you may have read about Amanda Todd last week, a 15 year old girl who took her own life in order to escape the despair of bullying. Before she killed herself, she posted a heart-wrenching video on YouTube where she tells her story in silence with a series of flash cards, but as I watched it, something stood out for me. While she had transferred to different schools and moved several times, she never left Facebook. Even her farewell message was broadcast to the world.

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