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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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    Tickets on sale now for NY Pando Monthly with Bessemer’s Jeremy Levine

    Way back in the 2007-era when I was writing about the early wave of Web 2.0 and social media, even as many of the big Sand Hill Road firms wanted nothing to do with the consumer Web, one guy’s name kept coming up: Jeremy Levine. Who? Fast forward to today, and a low-profile dude from a respectable firm who lives in New York has one of the better track records in the industry, leading deals in LinkedIn, Yelp, Pinterest and…
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    I strive for two types of guests when I book a year’s worth of PandoMonthlys. True legends who are perennially interesting, and up and coming entrepreneurs who are fascinating right this moment. Whisper’s Michael Heyward is the epitome of the latter. The debate over the good and bad of anonymity apps has been roiling the press and international governments this summer– spurred in no small part by our own reporting. With Secret making itself look so awful, Whisper tends to get…
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    Join us for Trucked Company: A completely badass end of summer party you don’t want to miss

    Remember that final summer fling, just before the weather changed and everyone had to get serious and go back to school? Beer. BBQ. Last vestiges of freedom slipping through your fingers. Well, the tech world obviously doesn’t get three months off but the industry does go (comparatively) slow in August before heading into a full on budgeting, fundraising, product release, and conference sprint from September until the holidays. So before all that craziness, we figured now would be a good time…
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    Headlines today say that eBay is still considering a spin off of PayPal. The reports manage to be, at the same time, both thrilling and “duh.” If it happens, a PayPal spin-off would be one of the most exciting tech spin-offs ever, with big ramifications for most of the global Internet. While most people acknowledge that PayPal has greatly stagnated under eBay, its network effects have been so powerful that not even a total lack of innovation has…
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    Marc Andreessen (a Pando investor) just tweeted this chart of Slack’s “viral” growth. Let’s acknowledge that there’s a lot of data missing from this. Like churn rate, for one. Still, for an enterprise app, it’s impressive. And it’s even more impressive given the backstory of Slack. It was founded by Stewart Butterfield, former co-founder of Flickr. Both Slack and Flickr grew out of failed attempts to build a gaming company, as Carmel D’Amicis detailed in her excellent in depth profile written just…
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    What Facebook’s Messenger debacle says about the company… both the brilliant and the terrible

    The latest reason to be pissed at Facebook was the company’s decision to force users to download Facebook Messenger if they’d like to be able to read, access, or send messages on their phones. It’s not a surprising strategy for Mark Zuckerberg & Co. (I’ll get more into that in a minute.) And, perhaps, it is also not surprising that a product Facebook built in house has been a total dud and pissed off users. Too harsh? I’ll put it…

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