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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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