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Sarah Lacy

Founder and Editor-in-chief

Sarah Lacy is the founder and editor-in-chief of PandoDaily.

She is an award winning journalist and author of two critically acclaimed books, “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0″ (Gotham Books, May 2008) and “Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos” (Wiley, February 2011).

She has been covering technology news for over 15 years, most recently as a senior editor for TechCrunch.

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    The horrific trickle down of Asshole culture: Why I’ve just deleted Uber from my phone

    We shared this in our News Ticker already, but I still can’t believe that an office of Uber — a company valued at $18 billion and held up as a bastion of modern entrepreneurship — posted an ad that encouraged, played on, and celebrated treating women who may chose to drive cars to make extra money like hookers. As a woman in this industry struggling mightily with growing sexism in tech demonstrated by people like Uber founder Travis Kalanick,…
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    We are PandoLIVE and talking about Whisper-gate. Call in!

    It’s week three of PandoLIVE, our totally unscripted, weekly, call-in show that thousands of people actually listen to and we actually get paid quite a lot of money to produce. (Thanks Rackspace!) This week Paul is in the middle of full on Carr-a-thon about the Guardian-Whisper scandal, including an epic and bizarre debate with Keith Rabois who was, um, going to the bathroom for seemingly half the day. The media has gotten sidetracked like a dog chasing a squirrel all…
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    With the Matter reboot, has Medium actually pulled off what Pierre Omidyar only promised?

    Investors and advisors in Medium who I’ve spoken with say one thing has consistently surprised them about the company: That famed founder Evan Williams is not “religious” about anything. Typically when someone has two successes under their belt– albeit Blogger far smaller of a win that Twitter– they think they know it all. And let’s be honest: Williams doesn’t really need anyone else’s money to build whatever he wants. Add to that the fact that Blogger sold early and he…
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    PandoLIVE is, well, LIVE now

    No one is more surprised than I am– nor as relieved as our sponsors Rackspace– that we actually produced a viable live show last week that people actually called into and thousands of people actually listened to. Now we just have to do it again… every Monday. Forever. Starting tonight. Now, actually. Go here to listen to PandoLIVE right now and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call in — 877 959 6739. Listeners are the heart of the show…
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    Expert advice for going global is the same thing I tell my three year old: Turn on your listening ears

    A few weeks ago, Pando did our second ever Webinar (I know, we hate the word too) and it was tactical advice for startups grappling with the uncertainties, fear, and potential resource drain of going global. Timing your global strategy exactly right is impossible. Every single company– even those who’ve played it comparatively well– is either too early or too late. Risks are tough on each side: Too early and you waste resources that could– in the extreme case…
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    Carl Bass: I’d happily sacrifice all of Autodesk patents if the rest of software would follow

    I don’t know if you’ve been following our sponsored monthly podcasts – er, Pandocasts– with Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk. We’ve made fun of Oracle’s presence at Maker Faire. We’ve talked about crowdfunding gone wrong. And we’ve talked about how the cult of “knowing nothing” doesn’t exactly qualify you to build a successful company. About three quarters into each one, Bass’s PR person starts to visibly cringe in the room. This month we talked about a topic everyone loves…
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    Forget “the perfect hoodie.” I’ve found my soul mate in a new muscle T.

    I’ve had an intense summer. I am the mother of a three year old and an 18-month old. My house is tantrum and Frozen central. Pando is in that final push to profitability and while that sounds good, we’re in that phase of growing pain where we have more opportunities than cash in the bank and have had to make hard decisions, while not losing momentum. It’s first-time CEO Hunger Games. It’s been a summer when I need to channel…
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    Peter Thiel on why Airbnb should be valued way higher than Uber… and why it’s not

    Last night I interviewed (disclosure: Pando investor) Peter Thiel for one of his eight million appearances to promote his new book, Zero to One. The book, by the way, is excellent, and I have a full review coming soon. A lot of my thoughts from our conversation will be in that. But at the risk of perpetuating the “Today in what Peter Thiel said…” drumbeat in the tech press of late, I wanted to write something quick about some comments…
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    Venture capital and the great big Silicon Valley asshole game

    This piece originally appeared on PandoQuarterly, issue three. Silicon Valley has an asshole problem, and it’s high time we owned up to it. Let me be clear what I’m not talking about. I’m not talking about “brogrammers.” I’m not talking about Google buses, or the evils of libertarianism. I’m not even talking about greed, or at least not in that Gordon Gekko sense. Nothing that follows is about the fringe behaviors that crop up whenever a hot ecosystem like…
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    This Thursday: Mobile is Dragging You Global (Whether You Like It Or Not) — A Pando Webinar

    Being a founder-CEO can be a thankless job, particularly if you’re doing it for the first time. Famed VC Ben Horowitz has pegged it at a whopping 22% success rate. But there’s one task that often makes even the most seasoned leader look like an idiot: Going international. You can go too slow. (eBay) You can move too fast. (Groupon, via acquisitions) You can move too fast, without buying any copycats. (Fab.) Or worse: You might only succeed internationally, ala Friendster or…

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