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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. You Are Now About to Witness the Strength of Street Knowledge

    The headline of this story is the first line Dr. Dre says in "Straight Outta Compton," and I often think more people could use a good dose of street knowledge, especially considering the putrid wave of self-affirmation bullshit that has swamped the world of entrepreneurship.

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  2. The (dis)Connected World, Pt. 2: The Broken Promise of the Internet

    As a teenager I spent hours, whole days really, just cruising around with my friends. In hindsight we never really went that far, certainly nowhere that lived up to the places we imagined, but that didn’t matter. For adults, a car is just a way to get to work, but for a kid, a car is a four seat mobile living room -- a place to weave the stories that he'll remember for a lifetime. It seems silly now, the hours driving up and down the El Camino, windows rolled down in the middle of winter in the absurd hope that we would meet girls. But I would never trade the wealth of those memories for any amount of Tweets or text messages.

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  3. The (dis)Connected World, Pt. 1

    It was an all too familiar scene. I looked around the table at my lunch companions and realized that I was actually eating alone. Every one of them was enthralled by whatever was happening on their cell phone screens, ignoring the people at the table. Was the online world of Tweets and posts that fascinating, or was present company so uninteresting that they felt the need to escape to the virtual world?

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  4. The New Entrepreneur Classification System

    While watching the SpaceX launch last week, it occurred to me that the term “entrepreneur” as a blanket definition had become woefully inadequate. How can one word properly define everyone from a guy who puts up a Launchrock page to Elon Musk? Surely there had to be a more precise way of defining an entrepreneur.

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  5. Lies, Damned Lies, and Pitch Decks

    [Editor's note: Francisco Dao has been one of our most popular guest contributors on PandoDaily, and I'm thrilled to announce that starting today he will be a regular weekly columnist. Francisco is the founder of 50Kings and a former columnist for Inc.com. He has also contributed to the Washington Post, VentureBeat, The Conference Board, and FastCompany.com. Look for his take-no-prisoners sharp industry analysis here every Tuesday.]

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  6. Fred Wilson Is Wrong About The Problem With Venture Capital

    Last week Forbes ran a story in which Fred Wilson discussed the challenges facing the venture capital industry. According to the piece, he said, “The biggest issue: there is simply too much money.” I have the utmost respect for Fred, but I think framing the problem as “too much money” is like saying gamblers lose in Vegas, because they’re rich. People don’t lose because they have too much money, they lose because they don’t know how to play.

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  7. The Illusion of Imagination (And How It Drives Silicon Valley)

    Anyone with an even cursory knowledge of how our minds work knows that we are far less rational than we’d like to believe. Everything from cultural norms to confirmation biases throw us off the path of logic. But there is one particular mental quirk which may be the source of Silicon Valley's greatest advantage: The way we calculate, or more appropriately, the way we delude ourselves into believing probabilities.

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  8. The Dumbing Down of Silicon Valley

    I just watched the preview for Bravo’s new show "Silicon Valley," which doesn’t appear to contain any silicon (chips), nor to be shot in the Valley. Instead, it mostly looks like a glamorization of San Francisco tech groupies, some of whom are no more technical than bloggers.

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