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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    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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    Tickets on sale now for NY Pando Monthly with Bessemer’s Jeremy Levine

    Way back in the 2007-era when I was writing about the early wave of Web 2.0 and social media, even as many of the big Sand Hill Road firms wanted nothing to do with the consumer Web, one guy’s name kept coming up: Jeremy Levine. Who? Fast forward to today, and a low-profile dude from a respectable firm who lives in New York has one of the better track records in the industry, leading deals in LinkedIn, Yelp, Pinterest and…
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    Want to understand the secret of Vice’s success? Wait and watch

    Most content startups have two things in common with my three year old: - They have an incredibly hard time apologizing when they’ve done something bad. (Ok, that’s all startups.) - They totally underestimate the value of patience. Crazy patience. Watching grass grow kind of patience. Mr. Miyagi killing flies with chopsticks kind of patience. To a three year old– or most startups– patience is like purgatory. Waiting five seconds for Animal Mechanicals to load on Netflix is the worst…
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    Come see Whisper’s Michael Heyward defend anonymity at the next PandoMonthly LA

    I strive for two types of guests when I book a year’s worth of PandoMonthlys. True legends who are perennially interesting, and up and coming entrepreneurs who are fascinating right this moment. Whisper’s Michael Heyward is the epitome of the latter. The debate over the good and bad of anonymity apps has been roiling the press and international governments this summer– spurred in no small part by our own reporting. With Secret making itself look so awful, Whisper tends to get…
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    Join us for Trucked Company: A completely badass end of summer party you don’t want to miss

    Remember that final summer fling, just before the weather changed and everyone had to get serious and go back to school? Beer. BBQ. Last vestiges of freedom slipping through your fingers. Well, the tech world obviously doesn’t get three months off but the industry does go (comparatively) slow in August before heading into a full on budgeting, fundraising, product release, and conference sprint from September until the holidays. So before all that craziness, we figured now would be a good time…
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    Sinead O’Connor proves it’s not just tech that has a “woman problem.” It’s nearly every industry

    Sinead O’Connor’s album “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” debuted smack in the middle of my teenage dating angst, so even though I haven’t listened to her for –oh, a decade plus– I still click on a link when I see a Q&A with her out of sentimentality. I was reading this excellent Salon interview yesterday (h/t MediaReDef), and was struck that she gave a big ol’ shout out to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign. In fact,…

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