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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    What to expect night one of Southland. (Hint: Awesome)

    I can’t believe Southland starts in a few hours. My cowboy boots are ready to go. The “Y’alls” I scrubbed from my vocabulary in my early 20’s are coming back. (Read: Comin’ back.) And we have a phenomenal lineup — and still a few surprises — waiting for you all– er, y’all. Tonight’s kick-off isn’t just an epic party featuring some of Nashville’s hottest bands. We are kicking the conference programming off on night one too with our exclusive fireside…
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    Warning: There might be a BBQ fist fight at Southland

    Let me preface this entire (bizarre) post by saying that Travel + Leisure’s readers are clearly full of shit. The magazine recently produced a slideshow that ranked Nashville– home of our big tech event next week– as the number one BBQ city in the US. I should be thrilled to see that. Another reason to get attendees and speakers excited right? Unfortunately, as a journalist committed to the truth, I can’t be. It’s widely known that Memphis– original home…
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    The Southland startup competition is so hot it’s actually oversubscribed

    How hot is next week’s Southland Conference? I’ll put it this way: It’s oversubscribed. That’s not a clever way of saying we’re sold out. (Although we are waaaaaaay oversold. To watch the livestream you’ll need to become a member.) No, we are actually oversubscribed in the venture capital sense of the word. We set out to get 10 judges who would each invest $10,000 in the winner of our startup competition. It was kind of a ballsy ask.…
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    You snoozed and lost: Southland is (beyond) sold out. (But Pando members can watch the livestream)

    We told you and told you and told you. Apparently, Paul Carr’s preemptive told you so yesterday was the last push we needed: Southland is officially oversold. Way oversold. The ticket sales are closed. No one else is getting in. I’m thrilled that there will be a full house eating, drinking, listening to awesome music, and — oh yeah– networking and learning with us in the South next week. The only way you can be part of it…
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    Bwa! Wa! Wa! Wa! Waaaah! Waaahhh! (That’s brass band for “See you at Southland”)

    As I’ve said before, Southland is the amalgamation of everything I’ve ever loved and hated in a tech conference. I’ve talked about a lot of the things I don’t like about other conferences. But there’s one idea I saw pretty recently at another conference that I’ve just ripped off wholesale for Southland: The house band from Dublin Web Summit. Something about a live band playing you on and off stage is magical. It was so good, I was…
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    Next week’s Southland lineup is even more awesome than you already thought

    There’s a few things I just hate in tech conferences: Panels. Startup competitions that go on waaaaay to long. Shitty food. People who show up to speak and then disappear back to their office without even setting foot in the hall. Multi-track programming. After lunch programming. For our Southland conference, which kicks off next week in Nashville, TN, we’ve eradicated almost all of those things. And the ones we’ve kept — afternoon programming and panels — we’ve added a Pando…
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    Costolo’s plan to make Twitter all about entertainment makes perfect sense

    For users, Twitter is a bit of a tabula rasa: A very simple tool that each user makes unique through their interests, friends and usage patterns. I never need to look farther than the trending tab to understand that. Most days, I have no idea what or who most of those things are. Some have said this fill-in-the-blank simplicity of the product is the reason a dysfunctional early life of rotating CEOs didn’t manage to kill the company. And yet,…
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    Reed Hastings won’t use data to mess with TV plots, and that’s why Netflix will win

    I really thought about cancelling my trip to the Code conference at the last minute. That’s not meant as a dig at the event. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s “D” used to be one of only two conferences I attended every year. This year, however, I’m about to take off for Nashville for Pando’s Southland conference, and I want to spent as much time as possible with my children. I was sitting in my kitchen Monday night completely torn,…
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    Shark Tank stars Plated and Unikey, and investor John Frankel, join us on stage at Southland

    Let’s face it: Shark Tank is an amazing show. But what it definitely is not is an accurate representative of how venture deals go down in the real world. The first time I ever watched it, I was appalled at the terms offered some of the better companies. “I’ll invest $5 for 75% of your business, and I want $.50 of every dollar thereafter…” I’m only slightly exaggerating. For years, Shark Tank seemed like a parallel track of entrepreneurship…
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    The Four Seasons in SF is where tech royalty meets in private (And now we’ve ruined it)

    Thank Twitter. Thank Ed Lee. Thank Ron Conway. It’s official. The Four Seasons on Market Street in San Francisco has become San Francisco’s answer to the Rosewood. Pando’s office is a few blocks away, and every time I’ve gone for lunch there of late, it’s like walking into a tech founder social club. A few weeks ago I stumbled across a clandestine meeting between Steven Spielberg and several tech luminaries aimed at keeping George Lucas’s proposed museum in the…

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