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Francisco Dao

  1. Blinded by our personal aspirations

    One consistent trait amongst entrepreneurs is that they’re aspirational. If they weren’t, they would have chosen a safer and more predictable path. We admire the aspirational mindset and view it as a wholly good thing, like courage or kindness. But aspiration has a downside that limits the scope of our thinking and subsequently our ability to solve important problems. In short, it makes us focus only on the wants and needs that we personally aspire to, which almost always means addressing matters of status and luxury.

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  2. For most of human history everyone was an entrepreneur

    There’s a narrative in the tech industry of the entrepreneur as a hero that has always made me a bit uncomfortable. As an entrepreneur myself, I certainly respect the risks that entrepreneurs take, but the grandiose self talk is a little out of control.

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  3. Time to replace school with boot camp?

    As most of you know, there’s been a great deal of discussion about the value, format, and long term advantage of college. But hardly anyone talks about K-12 education. Aside from superficial discussions about new testing requirements, or the occasional piece about how the set curriculum stunts the creativity of prodigies, the basic format of K-12 education is rarely questioned.

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  4. Lessons from the porn industry

    One of my more interesting entrepreneurial adventures was a foray into porn. When I explored the business, what I found was an industry with tons of hype but where profits were actually hard to come by and mostly flowed to a handful of breakout stars and established companies. It was a lot like the Internet space is now.

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  5. The downside of following “everybody”

    On Tuesday, I mentioned the “tyranny of extroverts,” a set of expected behaviors assumed to be superior, simply because they are louder or more visible. And since all of the tech industry extroverts are at Burning Man this week being as loud and as visible as possible, I figured I would continue writing for the introverts who stayed home.

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  6. It’s okay to hate small talk

    Do you hate small talk? If you do, you're definitely not alone, perhaps not even in the minority, and yet many people feel guilty about disliking meaningless conversation.

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  7. We are now the establishment

    For a place reputed to be the epicenter of the greatest creation of wealth in the history of the planet, have you ever noticed how uncomfortable Silicon Valley seems to be with its money? Compared to Hollywood where conspicuous consumption has no limits, or Wall Street whose sole measurement is money, the Valley seems almost embarrassed by its riches.

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  8. Sex, love, and the hook-up generation

    When I got myself an intern a few weeks ago, all I wanted was someone who would listen to me rant, but talking to her has been fascinating. It’s been a bit like spying into the lives of 20-something/college age kids and, at the risk of sounding like an old prude, what I learned was horrifying. I had always assumed the stories about the easy hook-up culture of today’s youth were overblown hyperbole fueled by the unsubstantiated boasts of teen boys. But my female, top-tier college educated intern told me it was all true.

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