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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    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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    State of Pando: Exploding traffic, surging revenues… but some mistakes too

    Back in February, Sarah wrote a long “State of Pando post, announcing our new Speaking Truth To The New Power tagline and sharing our plans for the Pando’s third year.  Since that time, a lot has happened: some exactly according to plan, some absolutely not. Six months later, this seems like a good time to update you on both. First, the good stuff… By almost any quantifiable metric, Pando is in great shape. We have money in the bank,…
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    Foursquare may be challenged, but Crowley’s job is not in jeopardy

    Foursquare is challenged — no question. Even Bijan Sabet, one of Foursquare’s earliest investors, acknowledged as much at our last PandoMonthly when he said: I believe, I gotta tell you. I know there are a lot of haters out there – maybe not in New York, but I know certainly in the San Francisco. I am so committed in pulling for these guys. Hence a bold “prediction” that landed in the comments section of a Pando post discussing the…
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    Kicking ass, eating raisins: A memo to my daughter

    In the last year, I’ve thought more about sexism than I have in most of my life. I think there are three main reasons why. The first is I’m nearing 40. When you are young, you feel invincible. Each slight or setback only makes you stronger, giving you something more to prove to the world in general, or to some sexist asshole in particular. But when you get older– or at least, as I’ve gotten older– you get tired and…
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    How Carol Bartz gave Autodesk’s Carl Bass his big break

    All this month, we’re asking tech founders, investors and CEOs to share with us their Big Break: the person who or moment which set them on the path to success. Yesterday, while taping our latest Autodesk PandoCast, I asked Autodesk CEO Carl Bass who he’d credit with most influencing his career. Below is a transcript of our conversation.

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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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