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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. The Ultimate Productivity Tool

    I have a confession to make and it’s probably fair to accuse me of bragging. But I take a nap every day, sometimes two. My inbox is always at zero. I can’t remember the last time I used an alarm clock, and outside of the time I spend writing this column, I would classify a four-hour workweek as being slammed. Yes, I understand my business is more flexible than most, but for the longest time I still didn’t understand why everyone else was so busy. Then about a year ago I was talking to a friend of mine who was complaining about some awful lunch meeting that she had to attend and I asked her, “Why the fuck would you agree to that meeting?” As we kept talking about her busy schedule, I found myself asking her again and again, “Why the fuck would you do that?” Until finally it dawned on me that you could streamline your entire life by asking that question before you do anything. It was the ultimate productivity tool. Some jackass you met at a networking event wants to meet for lunch? Ask yourself “Why the fuck would I do that?” If you don’t have a good reason, don’t go.

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  2. Looterism: The Cancerous Ethos That Is Gutting America

    For those of us who came of age during the Reagan era, the fall of the Soviet Union marked the ultimate victory of capitalism over communism. But 20 years later, capitalism is facing a much greater threat, not from communism or socialism, but from a cancerous distortion of its own values.

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  3. Internet 3: Rise of The Machines

    In "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", we're told that Skynet would become self aware on August 29, 1997, thus marking the rise of the machines. As is often the case in science-fiction, the specific dates and details were wrong, but the underlying sentiment of the predictions were far more true than we realize.

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  4. The Search For Meaningful Work

    My old roommate “Joe” hated his job, even though there really wasn’t anything to hate. He was a white collar guy working in the finance department of a big tech company and frankly, the job was everything he could have expected, growing up as an average kid in San Jose. But to hear him talk about it, it was lacking in every way.

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  5. VCs: Now as Misguided as Donald Rumsfeld

    Ask any soldier how long a battle plan lasts, and he’ll tell you that everything changes as soon as the first shot is fired. Considering this rather obvious condition of combat, the idea of "precision war" screams of oxymoronic hubris. Of course, that didn't stop Donald Rumsfeld from believing that our military had become so data-driven that Iraq could be fought and won with such exactitude that we would hardly lose a soldier or hurt a civilian. Obviously, this turned out to be preposterous arrogance and folly of the highest order.

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  6. How Do You Identify a Jedi Knight?

    It occurred to me recently that we’ve completely lost our way with how we train entrepreneurs. We should be training them like Jedi Knights, starting them young, teaching them discipline, patience, and that “the Force” of entrepreneurship is a belief system and a way of life.

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  7. You Might Be A Smanker If...

    Smanker: noun, 1. a social media wanker. 2. someone who claims to possess influence but in reality just complains a lot and does nothing.

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  8. Immobile Capital: The Unspoken Secret of Silicon Valley's Success

    Many people point to the prosperity of Silicon Valley and attribute it to some innate advantage in entrepreneurial culture or arrogantly believe that people in tech are simply better, smarter, or more innovative than everyone else. What else could explain our boom times while the rest of the country continues to suffer through painfully high unemployment? The real reason, however, is much more nuanced, largely having to do with how the Valley has avoided the economics of globalization.

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