Sarah Lacy

Sarah Lacy
Sarah Lacy writes for PandoDaily, a news site which she founded.She is also 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). Lacy has been a reporter in Silicon Valley for nearly fifteen years, covering everything from the tiniest startups to the largest public companies. She was formerly a staff writer and columnist for BusinessWeek, the founding co-host of Yahoo Finance's Tech Ticker, and a senior editor at TechCrunch. She lives in San Francisco. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Sarah Lacy

  • Disney Inks Deal with Greenbox, Chinese eCommerce Is Taking Off

    Disney Inks Deal with Greenbox, Chinese eCommerce Is Taking Off

    A lot of Americans desperately want to believe that China is full of poor people who can’t innovate, and the only goods they make are cheap, toxic rip-offs our Western brands. They want to believe the only reason the Chinese economy is surging is because the West wants cheap goods and China knows how to make them that way. These people will hate this post because it’s about a… Read More

  • Build an App for MyHeritage and Win $10,000

    Build an App for MyHeritage and Win $10,000

    MyHeritage, Israel’s best hope of having a big Web 2.0 winner, keeps marching along, leaving Geni further in the dust and proving a surging challenger for already-public Ancestry.com. The company has nearly 60 million registered users, who have uploaded 20 million family trees, 800 million profiles and 125 million photos on the site. All of that inventory is helping fulfill the early… Read More

  • CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry “Sell Out”?

    CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry “Sell Out”?

    CouchSurfing International is one of those rare Web companies– like Mozilla or Craigslist– that has eschewed the normal Silicon Valley values of growth, greed and venture capital. It’s one of those startups that uses the word “community” to mean people that have lasting, real-world connections to one another, not just the new industry jargon for… Read More

  • As Football Season Kicks Off, Bleacher Report Raises $22 Million More

    As Football Season Kicks Off, Bleacher Report Raises $22 Million More

    Bleacher Report may have spent much of its life quietly climbing the rankings of top sports destinations, but it’s not being bashful or patient anymore. In a little more than a year, it has hired Brian Grey as its new CEO, a guy who used to run two of its four largest competitors, and it has passed Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports in traffic,¬†beefed up its sales staff, starting hiring… Read More

  • Software Is Eating All the Jobs Too

    Software Is Eating All the Jobs Too

    A few months ago I was giving a talk in my hometown of Memphis, TN, and someone asked what the city could do to ignite more entrepreneurship among inner city kids. My immediate answer was teach coding– even basic app building skills– along with English and Math in every public school. I was surprised that my brother– an engineer who worked for many years in Silicon Valley… Read More

  • DISRUPT Comes to Beijing This Fall. Buy Your Tickets Now!

    DISRUPT Comes to Beijing This Fall. Buy Your Tickets Now!

    We’ve teased you with this news over and over again, but today it becomes official: TechCrunch is coming to China. In late-October we are hosting our first international Disrupt conference ever, and the obvious location was Beijing, the hub of China’s surging entrepreneurial ecosystem. And we’re not stopping there. Read More

  • Good News! The Bubble that Never Inflated Has Popped

    Good News! The Bubble that Never Inflated Has Popped

    There are two kinds of bubbles. There are actual economic ones that artificially drive up valuations across broad categories in an unsustainable way, impacting markets on a mass scale. And there are psychological ones, where the real economic fall-out is limited to a small pool of insiders, but there’s a broad societal lack of trust; a disillusionment that results from everyone buying into… Read More

  • Hate Lines and Live in Mountain View? We’ve Got an App for You (TCTV)

    A new startup called Pago is launching today, and if you live in Mountain View your life may have just gotten a lot easier. You can now go to more than 50 local merchants– coffee shops, dry cleaners, bars and the like– and order what you want from your smartphone, pay for it, and then skip the regular line to get it. It aims to bring Web-efficient check outs to the real world. Read More

  • Patents and Unions: When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

    Patents and Unions: When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

    Watch me ruin your Sunday afternoon with one word. Ready? Here we go. Patents. This week on NBC’s Press:Here we talked about this topic most of our readers equate with a long, slow, painful root canal. Or worse. Laura Sydell of NPR was also on the show, and if you haven’t listened to her episode on This American Life called “When Patents Attack,” go do it now. Read More

  • Did LinkedIn’s IPO Open the Market or Close It for Anyone Under a $5 Billion Valuation? (TCTV)

    Did LinkedIn’s IPO Open the Market or Close It for Anyone Under a $5 Billion Valuation? (TCTV)

    A few weeks ago I was meeting with Peter Thiel and that pesky question of whether we’re in a bubble or not came up. In a debate both sides are getting bored with, Thiel made a point I hadn’t heard: That LinkedIn’s IPO wasn’t some Netscape moment that opened the markets up for everyone else. In fact, he argued, it was the opposite. LinkedIn showed that you can have a… Read More

  • Jeff Weiner: Life in the Middle of the BUBBLE! Media Storm (TCTV)

    We caught up with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner yesterday, just after his first earnings call as a public company CEO. In an earlier segment we talked about the surprisingly good quarter LinkedIn had; in this one we talk about the company’s insane roller-coaster of an IPO. I asked Weiner what that week was like for LinkedIn, a company that’s usually the boring social media giant with… Read More

  • Jeff Weiner on His First Earnings Call, LinkedIn’s Revenue Mix and the Profit Surprise (TCTV)

    Wall Street was not in a happy mood yesterday. Thankfully for LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, the company made its debut on the quarterly conference call with surprisingly good earnings– particularly profits no one was expecting and significant jumps in user growth. We spent some time with Weiner at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View yesterday to talk about a lot of things… Read More

  • Alfred Lin Considers Leaving Sequoia for Airbnb; Moritz Convinces Him to Stay

    Alfred Lin Considers Leaving Sequoia for Airbnb; Moritz Convinces Him to Stay

    If you read the comments on any our recent stories about the Airbnb controversies, you’ll see plenty of people saying that Airbnb needs to take a page out of the Zappos playbook. It turns out, they tried. Read More

  • YCharts Adds Dividend Tracking: Another Reason Never to Return to Yahoo Finance

    YCharts Adds Dividend Tracking: Another Reason Never to Return to Yahoo Finance

    For many years I loved Yahoo Finance. It was one of the only sites I used every single day, and the only Yahoo property I used with any regularity at all. But increasingly, I get angry when I go to the site. So from now on I’m throwing my support (read: eyeballs) behind a lesser-known Chicago-based company called YCharts in Don Quixote-like hopes that one of two things happens… Read More

  • HotelTonight Launches on Android, Now in 18 Cities

    HotelTonight Launches on Android, Now in 18 Cities

    As Paul Carr and I have written endlessly, we’re big fans of anything disrupting the hotel industry in a simple way that with a clear user value that doesn’t try to be all things to all people. HotelTonight– a mobile service that allows you to book a last minute hotel in seconds– does exactly that. We test drove it in San Francisco the weekend before MacWorld to see if… Read More

  • Does a Cop Have a Right to Your Smartphone?

    Does a Cop Have a Right to Your Smartphone?

    Let’s say I’m driving along and texting even though I know I shouldn’t be. That’s me everyday right there. Now, let’s say I get pulled over, and for some reason the cop asks to see the phone to see what was so important. Do I have to hand it over? If my phone has a password, am I obligated to type it in? If he starts getting pushy with me should I just start… Read More

  • Enhanced eBooks: Valuable Sales Tool or Just a Gimmick? (TCTV)

    Enhanced eBooks: Valuable Sales Tool or Just a Gimmick? (TCTV)

    New technologies usually allow for more. In the move from print media to the Web the “more” was comments, slideshows and of course rapid-fire content. In the move from VHS to DVDs the “more” was all sorts of behind the scenes footage and director commentaries. In the move from Blackberries to iPhones, the “more” was a wonderland of new apps and a browser… Read More

  • Qunar Baidu Deal Closes. How This Could Ripple Through Chinese Startups.

    Qunar Baidu Deal Closes. How This Could Ripple Through Chinese Startups.

    Chinese search giant Baidu’s investment in Qunar officially closed ¬†this week, and the two teams are working on integrating Qunar’s search results into Baidu’s travel vertical now. I caught up with Qunar’s CEO Chenchao Zhuang for his first Western interview about the deal to talk about what the deal means for the company and China’s Web scene broadly. This… Read More

  • More Evidence There’s No Bubble: VC Investments Were Flat in Q2

    More Evidence There’s No Bubble: VC Investments Were Flat in Q2

    Dow Jones VentureSource released its second quarter numbers for the venture industry today, and there’s a reason they’re not dominating the headlines. They’re pretty boring: Overall investors put $8 billion into 776 deals in the US in the second quarter, a decrease of 5% in terms of invested cash and 2% in terms of deals. The median amount raised per deal was $5.2 million… Read More

  • Uber Calls TechCrunch’s Bluff, Opens Actual Lemonade Stand

    Uber Calls TechCrunch’s Bluff, Opens Actual Lemonade Stand

    Not enough startups have a good sense of humor. We all know Groupon is one of them, and Uber is following suit. Rather than flame me for my snarky early morning comparison of Uber’s immediate business ambitions to a lemonade stand, the company has penned a fake (we hope) post about its new business line– lemonade stands that track your movements as you get closer to them. Of… Read More