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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    If only we could all fail as spectacularly as Stewart Butterfield

    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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    My Big Break: New Relic’s Lew Cirne on how he raised his first $35k, and thought it would last forever

    The dozens of billboards all over San Francisco alone will tell you that software analytics firm New Relic is on fire these days. And if the ads weren’t proof, the company has raised some $215 million to date to fuel it all — including a whopping $80 million earlier this year. New Relic was started by Lew Cirne, and as a serial entrepreneur with a decent exit under his belt, he didn’t struggle to raise funds. But back in 1997, Cirne was just…
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    Here’s the water system Pando readers built in Rwanda (And a reminder of why techies love Charity:Water)

    Two years ago, on a whim, I decided to make our September PandoMonthly events a fundraiser for Charity:Water’s campaign to bring water to Rwanda. I had traveled through Rwanda for several weeks while reporting my second book, and was deeply moved by its people and their struggle. With the help of a crazy Vegas dinner scheme cooked up by Tony Hsieh, we were able to raise nearly $90,000. We all felt great about it and then went back to work.…
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    PostSecret founder says anonymity apps are soulless and not that anonymous

    The tide is turning fast on the anonymity apps. After raising hundreds of millions in venture capital at some pretty high prices — a reported $100 million valuation in the case of Secret — serious doubts about bullying, and the companies’ attitude to it, are coming to the fore. I’ve written before about how Secret’s founders have not responded well to the bullying potential of their platform.  Today’s story centers on the other big player: Whisper. This past weekend, Fortune published a Q&A with Frank…
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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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