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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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    Get your tickets to the PandoMonthly with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner now!

    It seems like forever since we did a PandoMonthly in San Francisco, doesn’t it? The Emmy nominated interview series is back this Thursday with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Many people in the Valley know of or have met Weiner but few truly know him. He’s a man who holds his cards close to the vest– and as a result when he was one of the senior exec of Terry Semel and Jerry Yang’s Yahoo, it was hard to know…
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    Now we’ve seen Secret’s ugly soul, will investors act?

    When I wrote a post last week calling out otherwise good people for investing in Secret, I expected some strong reactions. What I didn’t expect was what happened over the past four days. Four days ago, I had no particular view of the founders of Secret.  I was merely concerned about an app that I personally considered morally bankrupt, and amazed that otherwise ethical investors (some of which we share) would want to be part of it. Based on…
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    Michael Malone: “In fifteen years, the face of Silicon Valley will be an Indian woman”

    Unlike many Valley bloggers I have zero interest in ever becoming a venture capitalist. Likewise, I didn’t have much interest in starting a company– I simply found myself with no job, a new baby and nothing better to do. So there’s exactly one person whose career I utterly, disgustingly, shamelessly envy in Silicon Valley. One person– and one person only — that I’d professionally switch places with: The great Michael Malone. Malone has been covering the Valley twice as long…
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    Investors have to stop trying to justify the lies and libel of Secret

    In the last few months, I’ve spoken to two groups of people about Secret. The first group are investors who I respect very much who have either invested in Secret or tried to. Each time they’ve tried to justify their investment by explaining how it’s actually a good thing that there’s a service with the sole goal of allowing people to be totally unaccountable for what they say publicly. The second—larger – group consists major CEOs and investors in…
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    You likely haven’t heard of Benchmark’s new GP and that says everything about where Benchmark is going

    Benchmark announced this week that it’s hiring Eric Vishria as its newest general partner. It was hardly the biggest industry news of the week. Much of the tech press was like, “Eric, who?” Exactly. I’ve always had a soft spot for Benchmark’s radical approach to venture capital. And by “radical” I only mean wildly out of step with most of the other top venture firms. It’s actually the only firm still operating a more classic model from the VC days…
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    State of Pando: Exploding traffic, surging revenues… but some mistakes too

    Back in February, Sarah wrote a long “State of Pando post, announcing our new Speaking Truth To The New Power tagline and sharing our plans for the Pando’s third year.  Since that time, a lot has happened: some exactly according to plan, some absolutely not. Six months later, this seems like a good time to update you on both. First, the good stuff… By almost any quantifiable metric, Pando is in great shape. We have money in the bank,…
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    Foursquare may be challenged, but Crowley’s job is not in jeopardy

    Foursquare is challenged — no question. Even Bijan Sabet, one of Foursquare’s earliest investors, acknowledged as much at our last PandoMonthly when he said: I believe, I gotta tell you. I know there are a lot of haters out there – maybe not in New York, but I know certainly in the San Francisco. I am so committed in pulling for these guys. Hence a bold “prediction” that landed in the comments section of a Pando post discussing the…
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    Kicking ass, eating raisins: A memo to my daughter

    In the last year, I’ve thought more about sexism than I have in most of my life. I think there are three main reasons why. The first is I’m nearing 40. When you are young, you feel invincible. Each slight or setback only makes you stronger, giving you something more to prove to the world in general, or to some sexist asshole in particular. But when you get older– or at least, as I’ve gotten older– you get tired and…
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    How Carol Bartz gave Autodesk’s Carl Bass his big break

    All this month, we’re asking tech founders, investors and CEOs to share with us their Big Break: the person who or moment which set them on the path to success. Yesterday, while taping our latest Autodesk PandoCast, I asked Autodesk CEO Carl Bass who he’d credit with most influencing his career. Below is a transcript of our conversation.

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    “Silicon Alley” is done, but New York is rising

    Last month at our Southland conference former vice president Al Gore beseeched me to help popularize a Nashville-centric moniker for the startup ecosystem, ala Silicon Beach, Silicon Alley, Silicon Wadi etc. I said that was the worst thing I could do for Nashville. I’ve spent years traveling to startup hubs — both aspirational and actual ones — in most states in the US and at least 15 countries around the world. I’ve found an inverse relationship with a…

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