Sarah Lacy

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  • The Rumors Are True. I Am Leaving TechCrunch.

    This won’t come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I am leaving TechCrunch. My departure is something people have speculated about since Michael Arrington’s ouster two months ago, but it wasn’t an easy decision for me. This isn’t a knee-jerk reaction out of loyalty for my friend, nor is it about making a big “F-you, AOL!” statement. I’ve spent the… Read More

  • TC Cribs Tours Baidu Offices

    TC Cribs: Hunting “Evil” at Baidu (TCTV)

    Baidu is one of the most known of the Chinese Internet giants. Some of the buzz is admiration for Robin Li, one of the pioneers of the Chinese Web scene who built a global giant that succeeded in a political environment where Google cried “uncle.” Others have painted Baidu as the mirror image of Google’s lofty “do no evil” credo. So on our recent trip to Beijing… Read More

  • Disrupt Alum Trippy Raises $1.75 Million Thanks to Ribs and Fried Chicken

    Disrupt Alum Trippy Raises $1.75 Million Thanks to Ribs and Fried Chicken

    Let this post be a lesson to would-be entrepreneurs: Don’t turn down any party invitations. This advice is obvious if we’re talking about fancy dinners as the homes of moguls. But apparently the Valley is so rich with venture capital, it even applies to backyard BBQs at the homes of bloggers. My husband and I have an annual August BBQ, and two years ago we found a term sheet… Read More

  • Disrupt Beijing Take-Aways: How China Moves Beyond the Clones

    Disrupt Beijing Take-Aways: How China Moves Beyond the Clones

    The biggest barrier to starting a company isn’t ideas, funding or experience. It’s excuses. And you can understand why: Starting a company is scary. It’s little wonder that even the best entrepreneurs go through a period of doubt and excuses not to take the plunge. So when I hear complaints from entrepreneurs in other areas of the US or in other countries about how they… Read More

  • Disrupt Beijing Finalists: So Good We Had to Pick Six

    Disrupt Beijing Finalists: So Good We Had to Pick Six

    Memo to Chinese startups: You made for a late night of deliberations. We typically pick five finalists. There were a few companies that were clear picks, captivating everyone– from the judges to the staff to people we talked to in the hallways. Then there was another group that each had passionate advocates on staff, making for some tough decisions. Ultimately, the staff got down to six… Read More

  • Watch The Last Day Of TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing 2011 Here!

    Watch The Last Day Of TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing 2011 Here!

    We are kicking off the last day of TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing 2011 at 6pm PST. Thanks to Ustream, we’ve embedded the livestream of the event here. Be sure to tune in and don’t forget to follow along by searching for the #disruptbj hashtag on Twitter! The agenda for today is below. Read More

  • Preview of Disrupt Beijing Day One

    Disrupt Beijing Kicks Off with Tencent CEO Pony Ma. Watch the Livestream Here!

    After many sleepless months, our first ever international Disrupt conference will be starting at 9 am Beijing time/6 pm PST. Even if you didn’t make the trip over, you can still catch all the excitement on our livestream thanks to Tudou and Ustream. In case you can’t watch the whole event, check out Alexia and my top picks for today in the video above. We are kicking off the… Read More

  • Your New Weekend Plans: Disrupt Beijing Livestream Starts Tomorrow

    Your New Weekend Plans: Disrupt Beijing Livestream Starts Tomorrow

    Maybe you couldn’t join us in Beijing for our first international Disrupt conference, but all is not lost! Step one: Order your favorite Chinese takeout. Step two: Tune into the livestream from Beijing, brought to you through the Great Firewall courtesy of Ustream. Step three: Tweet what you love and hate the same way you would sitting in the conference hall in the US. The hashtag is… Read More

  • Live in Beijing and Thinking about Starting a Tech Company? Read. This. Post. Now.

    Live in Beijing and Thinking about Starting a Tech Company? Read. This. Post. Now.

    The Disrupt Beijing Hackathon starts in a little more than 24 hours, and we’ve been working hard over the last few days to make it even more of a no-brainer for local Beijing developers to attend. In addition to the chance to be the next GroupMe or win valuable prizes, we have decided to give all Hackathon attendees who complete a hack and present in the 24-hour period free tickets to… Read More

  • Welcome to Disrupt Beijing 2011

    TechCrunch to Beijing: The Eagle Has Landed

    It has begun. Some eight hours ago, eight more members of the TechCrunch team landed in Beijing. Giddy and jetlagged, we are spending every minute between wheels down today and curtain up Monday morning working on the Hackathon, shooting videos, meeting with Chinese speakers and showing Western speakers a bit of this amazing country. Most important, we’re working with the startups… Read More

  • Tony Fadell on Jobs and Apple’s Legacy (TCTV)

    These are bittersweet days for Tony Fadell. The man who oversaw 18 generations of the iPod and the first three versions of the iPhone is finally launching his new company, Nest Labs, today. It has been eighteen months in the making and marks a new era for thermostats– and quite possibly other neglected categories of home electronics. But he’s also recently lost his former boss and… Read More

  • Tony Fadell Demos His New Nest Learning Thermostat (TCTV)

    Tony Fadell Demos His New Nest Learning Thermostat (TCTV)

    Even if you read our story earlier tonight on iPod Godfather Tony Fadell’s new company Nest Labs and its new Learning Thermostat, you may still be wondering how anyone could make a thermostat an object of beauty. So we sat down with Fadell to get a video demo of the device that brought him out of retirement and has been eighteen months in the making. True to the Apple aesthetic… Read More

  • iPod Godfather Tony Fadell Finally Reveals His New Product: A Thermostat. No, Really.

    iPod Godfather Tony Fadell Finally Reveals His New Product: A Thermostat. No, Really.

    For the last eighteen months, the tech world has been anxiously awaiting news of what iPod godfather Tony Fadell is up to. His staff has been sworn to secrecy since word got out he was leaving retirement to do something new. Despite reporters camping out in front of his office with cameras, the news somehow stayed a secret– no small feat in the ever-leaky land of Silicon Valley. No doubt… Read More

  • More Disrupt Beijing Speakers: Kai-Fu Lee, David Li, Fritz Demopoulos and More

    More Disrupt Beijing Speakers: Kai-Fu Lee, David Li, Fritz Demopoulos and More

    With all the recent TechCrunch drama– not to mention my own busy September giving birth– you might think our upcoming Disrupt Beijing conference had gotten pushed to the back-burner. You’d be wrong. We’ve been busy ferreting out and booking more of the hottest names in the Chinese startup scene to augment our already announced keynotes by Tencent CEO Pony Ma… Read More

  • Disrupt Beijing: Niklas Zennstrom, Kevin Systrom, Hosain Rahman and More Are China-Bound

    Disrupt Beijing: Niklas Zennstrom, Kevin Systrom, Hosain Rahman and More Are China-Bound

    We’re not done announcing our all-star lineup for Disrupt Beijing. In addition to top Chinese Internet names like Tencent co-founder and CEO Pony Ma, proven successes like YouTube’s Steve Chen and top up-and-coming Western names like Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka and Evernote’s Phil Libin, we’ve got even more startup experts lined up. I’m thrilled to announce… Read More

  • Disrupt Beijing: We’re Bringing Steve Chen, Peter Vesterbacka, Phil Libin and More

    Disrupt Beijing: We’re Bringing Steve Chen, Peter Vesterbacka, Phil Libin and More

    As we announced last week, we’ve been busy securing some of the most exciting names in China for our Disrupt Beijing conference this October including Tencent Founder and CEO Pony Ma and Chinese entrepreneur and angel investor Lei Jun. But it wouldn’t be a TechCrunch event without bringing a little of that Silicon Valley magic too. In selecting people to bring to China we wanted a… Read More

  • Attn Entrepreneurs: How to Attend Disrupt Beijing for Less Cash

    Attn Entrepreneurs: How to Attend Disrupt Beijing for Less Cash

    Hopefully, anyone who has attended our Disrupt San Francisco and Disrupt New York conferences knows why we charge $2,995 for tickets: Between the Hackathon, Startup Alley, the big names on stage and the Startup Battlefield, we essentially cram four conferences into one. Our challenge in bringing Disrupt to Beijing was to find a way not to skimp on the conference, but produce an event that… Read More

  • Andrew Mason’s Silicon Valley Problem: He’s Not Here

    Andrew Mason’s Silicon Valley Problem: He’s Not Here

    Earlier this year at All Things D, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason said one of his regrets was not opening an office in Silicon Valley earlier. The implication was that he was talking about not taking advantage of the superior coding talent, but I took it another way. Being in Silicon Valley is like playing for the Yankees. You get knocked around more than anywhere else, the glare of the media… Read More

  • New Wrinkle on the Valuation Trap

    WITN: The New Wrinkle on the Valuation Trap (TCTV)

    It seems Sarah wasn’t kidding about working right up until she gives birth. In this week’s positively-last-before-the-birth episode of Why Is This News?, Sarah and Paul are prompted by the ongoing reports of Dropbox’s mega funding to talk about valuations. The typical outrage is over whether a company like Dropbox is “worth” $4 billion, but as we argue… Read More

  • Pony Ma and Lei Jun Anchor Disrupt Beijing Line-Up

    Pony Ma and Lei Jun Anchor Disrupt Beijing Line-Up

    Even before I worked at TechCrunch, Disrupt was one of the few industry conferences I looked forward to every year. There were two big reasons why: The enthusiasm and excitement of the startups who launch there, and the unparalleled lineup of the most exciting people in tech engaging in frank, honest conversations. When we expanded the franchise to New York, it was natural to bring the… Read More