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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. Why failure matters

    If you've never seen the 2001 documentary "Startup.com," it is a fascinating study of the arrogance and collapse of a Web 1.0 era company. Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, the CEO of the startup chronicled in this film, stands out as the perfect archetype of everything that was wrong with the original Internet boom. And yet when I met him in 2008, he was remarkably humble.

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  2. The False Loyalty of the Echo Chamber

    About a month ago, I was having breakfast with a friend and ranting about the clique-ishness of the tech community, when he said, “You have to admit. They’re a really loyal group.” I replied, “I’m not sure all the blind loyalty is a good thing. Since they cheer about everything, it’s basically become a giant echo chamber where everything is celebrated regardless of how ridiculous it is.”

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  3. The Unfinished Story of Us

    As we approach an election under a cloud of political divisiveness perhaps not witnessed since the Civil War -- where even friends seem to become enemies, and where the Internet, which was supposed to bring us together, has instead given everyone a platform to voice their disdain and even their hatred for their fellow Americans -- it is with sadness that I offer the following thoughts

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  4. Lost in a Haze of Distraction

    By all accounts "Bill" is a great friend and an incredible talent, but lately I find it increasingly painful to hear from him. The problem is Bill is an addict. I don’t think he realizes it because his drug of choice isn’t sold on street corners. But there is no question he is addicted. Unfortunately he isn’t alone in his appetite for this drug. In fact, it runs rampant throughout the entrepreneurial community. Perhaps some of your friends are junkies, perhaps even you. The addiction that Bill can’t shake, that has derailed countless aspiring entrepreneurs, is the addiction to noise. Noise, or “distraction” if you prefer, comes in many flavors, but its core appeal is stimulation. We all crave stimulation. It’s part of the reason many people choose to become entrepreneurs. But the actual grind of building a company is rarely as exciting as the dream. So instead of committing to the process, those who are addicted to noise constantly seek out something new.

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  5. The TechSpeak To English Dictionary

    Since there are so many buzzwords in tech, I figured it was time someone made a handy guide that gives the actual, easy to understand translations of what people really mean when they use a term. Without further delay, I present the TechSpeak to english dictionary.

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  6. The Ecosystem Of Hype

    A few days ago I woke up to a Twitter argument between several of my friends about what constitutes an appropriate gauge of incubator success. Since Tweets aren’t exactly the best forum for intelligent debate, I found it mostly amusing until Joe Stump, who was arguing against using capital raised as a legitimate measurement, Tweeted “Raising money isn't any indication of success. Neither is getting a new credit card in the mail with a high limit."

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  7. Why I Don’t Worry About Missing Burning Man

    Since it’s Burning Man week, I’m assuming anyone reading this isn’t going to Black Rock City. But I suspect many of you might be feeling the pangs of missing out, since it seems like half the tech community packs up for the playa. Never fear, I’m here to make you feel better about staying home and perhaps even dispel any ideas you might have about going in the future.

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  8. Replanting the Roots of Education

    "At its best, schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living." --Neil Postman

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