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Sarah Lacy

Entrepreneur & Editor in Chief, Pando.com

Biography

When it comes to what’s next in tech, trends, disruption, entrepreneurship, or anything about Silicon Valley, few have the business insights, access, and acumen as legendary tech journalist and truth-teller, Sarah Lacy. With a following of millions that includes some of the most powerful players in the tech, political, hedge fund and venture capital worlds, Lacy has gained a trusted reputation for investigative journalism and spot-on analysis that has made her one of the most listened-to influencers in Silicon Valley and beyond. Her no-holds-barred reporting unravels anecdotal arguments by tracking actual investments in new technologies and companies. By following where the money is really going and digging into facts and numbers, Lacy spotlights emerging trends, separates truth from hype, spots the next game-changing entrepreneurs, and takes on what’s keeping business leaders up at night—often months before it’s on other journalists’ radar. Read More >

Currently Editor in Chief of Pando.com, the tech news site that she founded in 2012, Lacy is leading their mission to “speak truth to the new power.” She raised $4 million in venture capital (often bringing her newborn to pitch meetings) to launch the site after more than 15 years covering entrepreneurship and tech for Business Week and TechCrunch. With Pando’s launch, she joined the less than 3% of VC backed start-ups in Silicon Valley that are headed by women—a role that she has taken on with fiery advocacy and a commitment to shattering ceilings and breaking down barriers. Her upcoming book (working title: A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug) is a myth-shattering manifesto for strong mothers that contends that having children actually makes you stronger, not weaker in the workplace.

Delivering keynotes marked by notorious candor and biting wit (befitting her Twitter handle @sarahcuda), Sarah Lacy’s analytic, evidence-based lens can be applied to almost any industry to disrupt disruption and debunk misperceptions. Her unique perspectives on the status of women in technology, venture capital and the win-win-win of working motherhood brings a fresh voice to an enduring issue—inspiring strong mothers, potential mothers and the workplaces that support them.  Read Less ^

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The Importance of Social Networking

On Entrepreneurship

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What’s Next?

Is the tech bubble really about to burst? Is content no longer king? What do start-ups tell us about where the economy is going? From tech to marketing to the trends that affect your industry, Pando.com editor in chief Sarah Lacy looks at the big picture, examines investment, and tells you who’s betting on which outcome with their careers and fortunes. Combining a renowned talent for trend-spotting, a reputation for thorough research and objective analysis (that she often calls out fellow members of the press for not undertaking), and astute insight, Lacy proves why she is one of the most trusted and listened-to voices In Silicon Valley on what’s coming next.

How Silicon Valley Startups Are Reinventing Their Own Rules & What You Can Learn From Them

Silicon Valley companies are innovating and hacking the way they build themselves from the ground up—and no one has covered their new way of doing business like Pando.com founder and editor in chief Sarah Lacy. In this insightful presentation, Lacy examines some of the biggest challenges faced by startups in the last ten years, including the decision to go public or stay private, the changing cultural values of technology and entrepreneurship, and the role of China in the current landscape. With her trademark candor, probing analysis, and fascinating backstories, she looks at test cases in various tech offshoots, from ridesharing to nanotech, and thoroughly explains the startup ecosystem. Whether you’re a senior team contemplating your own launch, or an organization that wants to be inspired by cutting-edge thinking, this presentation previews what’s next by chronicling what’s actually happening now.

A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug

It’s a viewpoint whose time has finally come: Having children makes you stronger, not weaker in the workplace. Mother of two and entrepreneur Sarah Lacy explores the negative biases against mothers in our culture, debunks myths, and makes the case that motherhood is a genuine career advantage.  Drawing from her upcoming book, A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug, Lacy explores biases against mothers in our culture and examines what makes them so professionally powerful. Sharing her own experiences and those of other women who became stronger after having children, she contends that motherhood forced her to prioritize her work-life balance, giving her a greater intensity at both home and work. Declaring that companies of all sizes—from startups to multinational corporations—should be clamoring to add more working women to their ranks, Sarah Lacy delivers an empowering manifesto for strong mothers (and anyone hoping to become one).

The Truth Behind the Trillions: What’s Really Going On in the Valley

Tech is a sector that reporters often treat with kid gloves, tiptoeing around the truth in exchange for perks and access to some of the world’s most gilded companies. Not Sarah Lacy. With Pando, she brings an often brutal frankness to an ultra-moneyed boy’s club that frequently refuses to play by the rules. In this revealing presentation, she gives you the real story on companies, CEOS, product launches, and the status of women. With candor, moxie, and her famed power of prediction, she spotlights new trends in tech, identifies up-and-coming game changers, and profiles the best and brightest entrepreneurs who are transforming the face of business on a global level.

Books & Media

Books

Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky

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