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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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    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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    Batman and big data: Details from the breast pump hackathon (Men you are gonna want to skip this one)

    Perhaps it was all too much to hope for. Last week I raved about an MIT hackathon called “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck.” Like most working moms with young kids, I’ve developed a healthy hatred for breast pump “technology.” It was held over the weekend, and I opened press coverage of the results yesterday like a giddy child on Christmas morning. … And I was mostly let down. I don’t know what miracle I was really expecting,…
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    After nearly a decade, the NYFSE’s comeback is finally complete. (Suck it, NASDAQ)

    It was fitting for me to be visiting Scott Cutler, EVP and head of global listings for the New York Stock Exchange last Friday. Alibaba had just gone public and it was the crowning victory lap of the NYSE’s nearly ten year battle to take back mega tech IPOs. Cutler’s tried to be the anti-Robert Greifeld — the NASDAQ head who strutted around Facebook headquarters on its IPO day rather than make sure one of the most anticipated tech…
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    New York’s “ecommerce” companies are more fashion than tech. But that’s a good thing

      Ecommerce is a fickle bitch. It seems so easy with its clear cut business model. At times the budding Web ecosystems of San Francisco, New York, and LA have all been lulled by the ecommerce siren song, only to see a wasteland of once-hyped companies that couldn’t scale or come up with a customer acquisition cost that didn’t make Wall Street want to barf. So is it a worry that some of the more promising New York companies are…
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    Finally the tech world gives a shit about nursing moms

    Sorry for the aggressive headline there, but the abysmal state of breast pumps is a topic that is close to my heart. Thankfully for now I mean that just figuratively but for, three years of my life, I meant it literally. I hope I’m not done having kids but, at the same time, I would go through labor twice not to have to ever strap on a breast pump again. Feeding a baby is one of the most humanizing things in the world. Pumping…

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