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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    “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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    Pacebook: Orkut’s fate shows how stupid land grabs are

    The sad fate of Orkut proves what I’ve been saying about Groupon for years It’s one of the easiest things to say but one of the hardest things for an entrepreneur to do: Ignore competitors and run your own race. Every startup has a different path, but by and large pacing and fighting one battle at a time wins over a total-no-holds-barred land grab. That’s especially true when it comes to international expansion. In the first generation of the…
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    It’s official: Biz Stone’s Jelly is nobody’s jam

    Okay, so we were wrong about this one. When Biz Stone debuted Jelly to the world, much of the tech press piled on the hate. After all, here was a super successful dude with the audacity to try something again. Bloggers hate that. And it was — yet another — Q&A app. We’re all frankly still stunned Quora hasn’t succumbed to the fate of Yahoo Answers. And yet, Pando was one of the few places that gave Jelly the…
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    Bonobos raises another $55 million and aims for an IPO, all “in spite of being ecommerce”

    I like Andy Dunn, so when he tells me that his company, Bonobos, has just raised an additional $55 million — on top of an already steep $70 million-plus — I almost feel badly for him. I definitely feel like I should do one of those sign-of-the-cross blessings that Catholics do when they feel danger is close. After all, the outcome for ecommerce 2.0 companies raising mega rounds based on cracking some new code of how people want to shop…
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    Is everything we know about what makes a good VC just wrong?

    What I’m about to write is heresy in a least some of the circles I run in. It’s a good thing it’s a holiday: Hopefully all my uber-successful billionaire Valley pals are off on boats or at vineyards. The only ones at work are you and me, fellow struggling entrepreneur. Those of us staring down the barrel of dwindling cash reserves, locked in the full-on throes of the struggle, who laugh (or weep) at the idea of a BBQ today.…
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    Tickets for PandoMonthly NYC with Bijan Sabet on sale now!

    I first met Bijan Sabet in 2008 or so at his offices in Boston. Spark Capital was a new-ish firm and had way louder partners. Sabet was quiet and unassuming– and still is. But he’s unquestionably the young firm’s star partner. Having lead deals in Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, OMGPop, and Jelly, he’s not only a star within Spark but one of the most influential investors on the East Coast. We’ve already had the other ones: Fred Wilson,
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    My Big Break: How the tech legends of Silicon Valley got their start

    Before you have made it, no one gives a shit about who helped you out. After you’ve made it, the story is all about you. This is how it works in media coverage of startups. And it’s kind of lame because it creates a fictional sense that successful founders are somehow born fully formed, springing out of Zeus’s head. We know the opposite is in fact the case. Behind every founder are many people who helped them get their feet…
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    Lyft is a black belt in using Uber’s strength against it

    I am no martial arts expert. But my understanding of the philosophy is that you excel by using your opponent’s strength against them. In that respect, Lyft is a master of ride sharing jujutsu. The more Uber projects its “private car” baller strength; the more Lyft says “that’s cool, but with us, you sit in the front.” The more Uber pushes drivers away from its gleaming headquarters; the more Lyft has mixers and parties in the park and invited focus…
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    NYFSE and Alibaba to Nasdaq: Suck it big time, chumps

    I’ll admit it: I love when I’m right. Back when the Nasdaq utterly and completely screwed up Facebook’s IPO (with a little help from Facebook and their bankers, admittedly) I called that big IPOs were going to rush into the NYSE’s arms. I was hearing it from VCs and board members of late stage companies left and right. Reid Hoffman echoed my sentiment at his PandoMonthly repeating after me in agreement “it was a pretty egregious fuck up.” The New…
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    Marissa Mayer overslept. Get the pitchforks!

    Almost three days after the Wall Street Journal reported that Marissa Mayer had allegedly missed a dinner meeting in Cannes after falling asleep, the financial press is apparently still discussing it. We’ve criticized Mayer many times on Pando: For her attempts to turn around Yahoo — and even for her decision to take the job. We’ve said she has failed to articulate a new strategy, I’ve said the only real thing she’s accomplished is finally unlocking…

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