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.

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Latest from Sarah Lacy

  • The Truth at Last(.fm)

    The Truth at Last(.fm)

    I’ve been in London for two weeks pretending to be part of the Traveling Geeks contingent of bloggers. But really I’ve been doing some deep investigative work on this whole Last.fm scandal. II showed up at their offices and guess what I found? A pile of servers sitting in a corner waiting to be delivered to the RIAA. Sure, they said they were just old servers… likely story. I also… Read More

  • Details on Marc Andreessen’s New Fund (Plus Five Other Interesting Things He Said)

    Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are launching their much-anticipated $300 million venture fund this evening, aptly called Andreessen Horowitz. The fund will make investments of $50,000 to $50 million (yes, $50 million), but will generally focus on early stage opportunities. And here's a fun fact: they don't currently have a website, and apparently they aren't sure they will have one in the… Read More

  • Details on Marc Andreessen

    Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are launching their much-anticipated $300 million venture fund this evening, aptly called Andreessen Horowitz. The fund will make investments of $50,000 to $50 million (yes, $50 million), but will generally focus on early stage opportunities. And here's a fun fact: they don't currently have a website, and apparently they aren't sure they will have one in the… Read More

  • What's Right and Wrong with Media Now

    What's Right and Wrong with Media Now

    Like most things on the Internet, there’s a good side and a dark side to where the media business is headed. The good side is very good: thousands of layers of mostly needless middlemen and processes are being eliminated as journalists get a direct channel to their readers. And, because it’s a two way medium, readers get that channel right back. And in the cases where the subject of an… Read More

  • Coming Soon: Even More TechCrunch in London

    Coming Soon: Even More TechCrunch in London

    It’s been a nice two weeks in San Francisco, but in about 10 hours I’m headed to SFO’s international terminal again. This time, I’m going to London. I’m traveling as part of a group of bloggers, authors and videographers called “The Traveling Geeks,” whose mission is simply to go to various cities around the world and try to learn as much about its tech… Read More

  • TBD's Deadpool Date Finally Determined

    TBD's Deadpool Date Finally Determined

    Back in 2007 I did a column on TBD, a social network aimed at baby boomers. I'd spent some time looking at the space, and thought TBD was the best designed site, avoiding Eons age restrictions and fascination with death and building something a bit broader than Gather. The site borrowed heavily from what worked on sites like Yelp and Facebook, the design was delightful and it gave you fun… Read More

  • Attention Executives: 73% of You Need to Fire Yourselves

    Attention Executives: 73% of You Need to Fire Yourselves

    I still think “Enterprise 2.0” is a meh business trend with a horrible name. It’s not that social media/collaboration tools don’t have a role in business, and I agree there are some situations where consumer tools aren’t the right fit. A great example is Twitter versus Yammer. (Oh, if you only saw the conversations that happen on TechCrunch’s Yammer feed…) But… Read More

  • Is Execution More Important than Vision?

    Is Execution More Important than Vision?

    A few years ago, Max Levchin—of PayPal and Slide fame— told me there were two kinds of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: Those who work tirelessly and are great at execution, and those who are visionary and truly create new ideas—and sometimes new markets. Levchin put himself in the former category. Indeed, a lot of Slide’s success has just been the result of doing a better job ripping off… Read More

  • Maybe that Guy Does Need to Get Laid After All

    Maybe that Guy Does Need to Get Laid After All

    We’ve all heard it before, whether you work in a Fortune500 company or waited tables at a restaurant.  There’s always an uptight guy or girl who’s defensive, paranoid, over-stressed and nitpicky. And someone– maybe you’re too polite– but someone says, “That guy (or girl) soooo needs to get laid.” (Note, I didn’t use the example “leading… Read More

  • Shocker: We Still Suck When It Comes to High-Tech Education

    Shocker: We Still Suck When It Comes to High-Tech Education

    Ever since I’ve been in Silicon Valley, I've heard mass anxiety about the state of higher education, particularly when it comes to training the next generation of tech thinkers, innovators and worker bees. But for all those speeches and pledges to change things, the situation only seems to be getting worse. According to a new study released today by the Bay Area Council, the Campaign for… Read More

  • How to Cross the Digital Divide, Rwanda-Style

    How to Cross the Digital Divide, Rwanda-Style

    Whenever I tell someone the countries I’m hitting for my new book, they start out nodding, then the nodding slows, then they just get confused. “China, India, Brazil, Israel and...Rwanda.” Then there’s the inevitable question: “Rwanda? Is there even any technology in Rwanda?” Sometimes I even get asked if I have to stay in a tent when I go there. The answer to the second question is… Read More

  • One Flight Closer to My Electric Plane Fantasy Coming True

    One Flight Closer to My Electric Plane Fantasy Coming True

    I missed a lot of things while I was in Africa. There was an obsession with Facebook vanity URLs that still doesn't quite make sense to me, the launch of a new iPhone that I still won't buy because it doesn't have a keyboard (cue the Apple fanboy trolls) and--most exciting to me but most under reported-- a milestone in electric aviation. I fantasize about electric, supersonic planes the way others… Read More

  • Memo from Rwanda: Eat Your Heart Out Al Gore

    Memo from Rwanda: Eat Your Heart Out Al Gore

    GISENYI, RWANDA-- I’m out of the country again, and this time I’m in Rwanda, and no, it’s not vacation. I’m meeting with entrepreneurs. The day before I left Michael asked me how I was going to piss off a whole country this time. You’ll note instead, I’ve been remarkably quiet. (Although one resident seemed to take issue with my being here...) I haven't been blogging more, because many… Read More

  • Does America Need to Make Things?

    Does America Need to Make Things?

    KIGALI, RWANDA-- As I’ve mentioned before I like my entrepreneurs risk-taking and a little crazy. Earlier this week on TechTicker, we ran an interview with a guy who fits that bill: Shai Agassi. In some ways, Agassi is even more ambitious than Elon Musk—you know, the guy who builds rockets and $100,000 electric sports cars. Agassi wants to re-engineer the entire auto and oil infrastructure… Read More

  • Vinod Khosla, Risk Junkie

    Vinod Khosla, Risk Junkie

    I haven’t been much of a cleantech bull in the past, at least when it comes to venture capital investing. I think it’s a huge market, and there’s clearly a pressing social need. I just don’t quite think the science, government cooperation and economics are there yet for it to be a great opportunity for classic venture investing. Sure there’s low-hanging fruit, and the outliers like ElonRead More

  • Your Father's Day Gift Idea: ShirtsMyWay.com

    Your Father's Day Gift Idea: ShirtsMyWay.com

    You guys didn’t think I’d go to China and forget to bring you back something, did you? Sillies. My last day in Shanghai I met with Peter Crawfurd and Michael Yang the baby-faced founders of ShirtsMyWay.com. (Pictured here.) ShirtsMyWay allows you to customize a men’s dress shirt with trillions of possible combinations of details, from the material on the collar to the stitching around the… Read More

  • Why China Isn’t “The Next Silicon Valley”

    Why China Isn’t “The Next Silicon Valley”

    Since I got home from China last week, I've found myself in a lot of conversations where phrases like "the next Silicon Valley," or "just like Silicon Valley used to be," keep coming up. But while China is swimming in capital and littered with start-ups, I'm going to argue it's not the next Silicon Valley. In fact, it's something far different than I've ever seen before. If you think about it… Read More

  • Why China Isn

    Why China Isn

    Since I got home from China last week, I've found myself in a lot of conversations where phrases like "the next Silicon Valley," or "just like Silicon Valley used to be," keep coming up. But while China is swimming in capital and littered with start-ups, I'm going to argue it's not the next Silicon Valley. In fact, it's something far different than I've ever seen before. If you think about it… Read More

  • When 1.3 Billion People Are Too Many

    When 1.3 Billion People Are Too Many

    There’s one big Web 2.0 question we’ll never know the answer to: Could YouTube have survived on its own? There are a handful of industry-changing Web 2.0 names including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But unlike those other Web 2.0 behemoths who have the luxury of waiting out revenue challenges as their user base surges and the economy recovers, YouTube's runaway success… Read More

  • BitAuto: A Chinese Canary in an Online Ad Coal Mine

    BitAuto: A Chinese Canary in an Online Ad Coal Mine

    The hardest thing about being an American journalist in China is discovering local entrepreneurs. Part of the reason is that there is just so much going on. There are so many intriguing expats and returning Chinese nationals in Beijing’s start-up scene, you could spend months just meeting with them. But the bigger challenges are the language and cultural barriers. China has no shortage of… Read More