Sarah Lacy

Sarah Lacy
Sarah Lacy writes for [PandoDaily](/company/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](/company/businessweek), the founding co-host of [Yahoo Finance](/product/yahoo-finance)'s Tech Ticker, and a senior editor at [TechCrunch](/company/techcrunch). She lives in San Francisco. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Sarah Lacy

  • Bleacher Report Hires New Head of Revenue; Traffic Continues to Surge in May

    Bleacher Report Hires New Head of Revenue; Traffic Continues to Surge in May

    Bleacher Report– one of the few new entrants in the sports content category to get significant traction against the portal giants– is continuing to build out its management team, announcing an important new hire today. Rich Calacci joins the company as chief revenue officer. Calacci was most recently senior vice president at CBS Interactive in charge of the sports vertical–… Read More

  • WITN: Berlin Trapped in the Past

    WITN: London Is Gonna Be Pissed, But We Prefer Berlin for Startups (TCTV)

    We’ve spent much of the last week exploring Berlin, attending the Next11 conference and meeting a few local startups. The biggest problem from a video entertainment standpoint? We both agree that Berlin feels like a better startup town than London. “Feels like” is an important disclaimer here. Berlin certainly doesn’t have the track record, local sophisticated… Read More

  • Attn Entrepreneurs: Mark Zuckerberg Isn't the Role Model. Reid Hoffman Is.

    Attn Entrepreneurs: Mark Zuckerberg Isn't the Role Model. Reid Hoffman Is.

    Forty-plus weeks traveling the emerging world has taught me many things. Chief among them is that most entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley learn the wrong lessons looking in. A lot of that is the fault of publications like TechCrunch: We get excited about new things. If it’s exploding like Groupon, all the better. But we even go nuts over things like Foursquare or Quora that have… Read More

  • Angry Birds Tops 200 Million Downloads; More Than Double Its "Crazy" Forecast (TCTV)

    Angry Birds Tops 200 Million Downloads; More Than Double Its "Crazy" Forecast (TCTV)

    BERLIN– Yesterday at the Next 11 conference, I interviewed Rovio’s Mighty Eagle Peter Vesterbacka on stage. You may know him as the man who brings us all different versions of Angry Birds, Angry Birds toys, possibly an Angry Birds movie, and– as you’ll see in the clip below– an Angry Birds line of hoodies. He has a big announcement: Angry Birds downloads have… Read More

  • Nigeria's Economical Potential

    WITN: Nigeria Gets A Lot Of Attention – Just For All The Wrong Reasons [TCTV]

    If you’ve been reading TechCrunch regularly for the last week, you’ve learned the good, the bad and the utterly unique about Nigeria’s tech and media scenes. But is Africa’s largest market prime for foreign venture capital investment, and how does it stack up to other frontier emerging markets Sarah has been visiting? Just after she got home, we shot a Why Is This News… Read More

  • Morgenthaler Ventures Adds Angel Mark Goines as Partner, Upping Consumer Web Cred

    Morgenthaler Ventures Adds Angel Mark Goines as Partner, Upping Consumer Web Cred

    Morgenthaler Ventures is one of those Valley firms who did incredibly well during the Valley’s telecom/networking/enterprise software glory years. For all the dot com headlines in the late 1990s, enterprise software has long been the core of the industry’s returns, and the telecom networking build out was an order or magnitude bigger than the cash funding the more written about dot… Read More

  • The Chilling Story of Genius in a Land of Chronic Unemployment

    The Chilling Story of Genius in a Land of Chronic Unemployment

    Ever since he could remember, Ibrahim Boakye had a knack for understanding how things worked. There were things he could just do that no other kids– let alone adults– could understand. By the time he was five-years-old everyone had stopped questioning it, and neighbors were calling on him to fix their broken toasters, irons, or anything that was the least bit mechanical. By his… Read More

  • Wait, You're Going to Pay Me to Watch Movies All Day? (TCTV)

    Wait, You're Going to Pay Me to Watch Movies All Day? (TCTV)

    Earlier today, I wrote about our brush with machetes, the chaotic world of Nigerian filmmaking, and a company called Iroko Partners that’s working on bringing order and YouTube distribution to Nollywood. It’s made stunning progress in the short four months it has been in business, and it’s barely scratched the surface of Nollywood demand. Below is a video we shot with… Read More

  • You Think Hollywood Is Rough? Welcome to the Chaos, Excitement and Danger of Nollywood

    You Think Hollywood Is Rough? Welcome to the Chaos, Excitement and Danger of Nollywood

    It was when they pulled out the machetes that I started to worry. I’d seen men with machetes in Africa before, but they were rusty, practical tools used for clearing away brush by the side of the highway. These were long, shiny and housed in decorative sheaths, pulled out ostensibly so the men could sit down more comfortably, but done with a clear, understated flair. They were more… Read More

  • Yes, There Are Tech Startups in Nigeria. Here Are My Favorites.

    Yes, There Are Tech Startups in Nigeria. Here Are My Favorites.

    Last week I wrote about Computer Village, where many of the gadget-hounds in Lagos go to get their gadgety fix. But what about new technology being developed in the country? The city’s tech entrepreneur scene is small, but several people are working on changing that. Oo Nwoye–  or @oothenigerian as he’s known on Twitter– is one of the more enthusiastic champions of… Read More

  • Pacific Crest Securities Buys Shanghai-Based Bank to Help Navigate the China Web Chaos

    Pacific Crest Securities Buys Shanghai-Based Bank to Help Navigate the China Web Chaos

    Boutique tech investment bank Pacific Crest Securities has purchased Pacific Epoch, a Shanghai-based investment research firm specializing in technology. This gives Pacific Crest fifty more bodies on the ground in China to deliver investors better investment research than “This is the (fill-in-the-blank-Western-Internet-company) of China.” That lazy marketing strategy has… Read More

  • WITN: Paul Carr's New Book Published, Movie Option Sold On The Same Day

    WITN: Paul Carr's New Book Published, Movie Option Sold On The Same Day

    There are two things we love to do on our Why Is This News? show on TCTV. The first is to break news about things that are happening outside Silicon Valley. The second is to find excuses to promote our respective books (about things that are happening outside Silicon Valley). Rare indeed though is the occasion when we’re able to combine both of those things and break news about one of… Read More

  • Paul Carr: The Upgrade

    WITN: Paul's New Book Published, Movie Option Sold On The Same Day [TCTV]

    There are two things we love to do on Why Is This News. The first is to break news about things that are happening outside Silicon Valley. The second is to find excuses to promote our respective books (about things that are happening outside Silicon Valley). Rare indeed though is the occasion when we’re able to combine both of those things and break news about one of our respective… Read More

  • NetSuite Is Pushing into Enterprise Software, Lands Groupon as Marquee Customer

    NetSuite Is Pushing into Enterprise Software, Lands Groupon as Marquee Customer

    NetSuite, one of the handful of companies to build a big company out of the early 2000s software-as-a-service funding frenzy, is now making a push into cloud based enterprise software, according to several announcements being made this morning by CEO Zach Nelson at SuiteWorld, the company’s user conference being held in San Francisco. As with most of these user conference… Read More

  • Strolling through "Nigeria's Best Buy" (A Photo Essay)

    Strolling through "Nigeria's Best Buy" (A Photo Essay)

    LAGOS, NIGERIA– I’m in Lagos to speak at an event and decided to come a week early to check out the country’s tech and entrepreneurship scene. Apparently Arrington thought I was kidding when I told him this. But he should know by now, I don’t need a lot of arm twisting to visit a country of 150 million people chaotically surging into modernity. Where there’s that… Read More

  • Gigwalk Launches: Wanna Get Paid for Taking Pictures with Your iPhone?

    Gigwalk Launches: Wanna Get Paid for Taking Pictures with Your iPhone?

    In the 1990s, peer-to-peer networks were a revelation. They allowed people to pool together tiny parts of their computers, and those pooled together parts could do far more together than the average computer or connection could do on its own. It enabled everything from swapping pirated music to making cheap transcontinental calls via Skype. But what if you could do the same thing with tiny… Read More

  • Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs…After Years of Trying

    Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs…After Years of Trying

    Accel Partners has invested $35 million in the crowdsource design service 99designs– a monster of a series A. Of course, 99designs is not your average early-stage startup. Born in Melbourne, Australia out of an older company called sitepoint.com, 99designs is bootstrapped, profitable and growing revenues at a rate of about 120% a year. A few strategic angel investors also… Read More

  • LetsLunch Launches in New York Today

    LetsLunch Launches in New York Today

    LetsLunch, the service that helps you network less-awkwardly, is expanding from its comfy Silicon Valley confines and launching in New York today. We first wrote about the service here, and it’s gotten a nice niche following since then. People have scheduled more than 1,000 lunches through the service, and about 70% of the time people take time to write a testimonial of the lunch… Read More

  • Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names

    Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names

    Kevin Rose has completed a hefty $1.5 million angel round for his new mobile development lab, which we first reported in March, Milk. Rose went for the more-is-more approach, pulling in a wide-syndicate of Valley elites, including TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington. Other angels include Ron Conway, Tim Ferriss, Dave Morin, Philip Rosedale, Evan Williams, Shervin Pishevar, Joshua… Read More

  • Tony Hsieh's Plans For Las Vegas

    WITN: Can Tony Hsieh Deliver Happiness -And A Ready-Made Community – To Downtown Las Vegas? [TCTV]

    After a brief hiatus, Why Is This News? is back! In this week’s episode, Paul checks in from his Las Vegas hotel room to discuss Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s plans to regenerate downtown Las Vegas by moving the company’s HQ into the former City Hall. In fact, there’s far more to Hsieh’s plan than that, as Paul explained over on the Huffington Post. In the video below… Read More