Bio not provided
Looking forward to the extra set of journalistic teeth in Silicon Valley. Staying tuned.
1 week, 6 days ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting
I was just talking to someone about this the other day--nice summary! This time, I'm telling people that it's going to take a couple of years to get traction, then we'll see. Until then, it's just scrambling to get in front of people.
2 months, 1 week ago on What do you tell people who ask how your startup is doing?
Great article, Sarah.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dick Costolo’s big moment and the revenge of the non-founder CEO
@robhoare I was thinking the same thing. Seems like they created a Rube Goldberg contraction to solve a pretty simple problem--just have the customers forward the mail, then sort it when they get it.
3 months, 1 week ago on Outbox is taking on the Post Office, and if it’s not a total trainwreck, it will be awesome
I think they're learning on gifts--there was a father's day offering that caused me to pause and consider it, which probably meant they sold a bunch.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Whatever Facebook launches on Thursday, you’re going to hate it
Maybe. Those are pretty bald lies you were told, and that would piss me off, too. I've often found that dealing with fascinating people involves a lot of second chances, and adjusted expectations. I have a friend who I can not rely on to show up for anything (even if he PROMISES this time!), so I always plan to do something else when I meet him. He's a great artist, however, and has a unique outlook on life, so I appreciate the time we spend together, when he shows up. I know people of questionable moral character who I wouldn't loan money to, but are nice to have a beer with. That said, I've literally broken up with friends for doing dishonest, hurtful things, so I can see what you're talking about. I prefer to leave room for forgiveness, however.
6 months, 1 week ago on Stop making excuses for people
@cooldoods He said "the modern smartphone" -- and he's right.
7 months ago on How the iPhone and its “tick-tock” release cycle made consumers care about software
Virgin Mobile! iPhone 4 for $350 upfront, $35/month no contract includes unlimited texting and data, 350 talk minutes (but who uses those?). Two year cost: $1,190. I actually just bought a Samsung droid for $150 to try it out--I saved enough in two months to justify the purchase, and I've discovered I love the service.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on T-Mobile’s iPhone is the first “cheap” smartphone to make sense in the US
I'll admit I'm writing this comment before reading your article. You mentioned "MySpace," so curiosity got the best of me and I went and created a new account (using a Facebook login). Maybe it's because I knew what MySpace was, but didn't know what I was supposed to do once I got there. They asked me what kind of artist I was, so I selected writer. Then after I got bored trying to pick a few songs I liked, I clicked out of that feature and was presented with a profile that was this giant blank page, with no directions on how to fill it. How is this a tool, or something I want to return to? I'm going to read your article now.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Consider Myspace: What a comeback could look like
Aw man, I can't believe he went to Breaking Dawn.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on WTF: Giving everyone the “Undercover Boss” experience
Some late-night thoughts: Tony seems to be trying to attract people `into` the community (from what I can see). Is he investing in the education of the community so that he has a base that can support innovation? Cities with innovation centers often have powerful university systems. I don't know what Nevada has for a university system--are they able to sustain any of the growth Tony wants to see? Is he working with them?
8 months, 4 weeks ago on More bad news for Vegas Tech Fund: Star company Romotive is moving to the Bay Area
@timrpeterson oh, I don't think that's being fair to Sarah--this is a pretty good piece that confronts the prodigal founder narrative, which was heavily influenced by Steve J. Sarah gives her thoughts on why this comparison isn't warranted, says where SJ went right, and why she's hesitant about M. Dell. It's a pretty well documented opinion piece--and Sarah has some serious chops reporting Silicone Valley, so it's worth reading what she has to say. I honestly was going to pass on this post until I saw that she was the author.
10 months ago on Michael Dell hopes he’s Steve Jobs, but is he really just Jerry Yang?
@timrpeterson I can't make heads or tails of what you just said.
Not sure why I'm commenting so much on this article. Boring day, I guess.
@KenG Good points.
My limited study of Michael pins him as a conservative both in politics and business--he'll do anything to avoid a true, radical change. It's not in his nature. That's a valuable quality for a commodity good, but not when your commodity turns into a buggy whip. I don't see any new ideas, only a desire to defend an old business practice. But hey, who knows? Might be exciting.
@KenG way to end a fairly intelligent comment with an misogynist rant
10 months, 1 week ago on Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death
Hi Sarah, I've been working in this field for two years and you're completely right--these tracking apps don't have a chance. And I say this as someone who has helped create them. America's problem is an environmental design issue. Our environment is designed to reduce our physical work. Society has poured itself into that mold, and no amount of willpower (says all the latest research on behavioral economics) will get them to act differently than the environment dictates (mixed metaphor, I know). City planning--brick and mortar planning--is a necessary component. I live in Minneapolis and we have the best bike trail system in the country. Not surprisingly, we all bike, and we're one of the fittest cities in the country.
A company that wants to truly make a difference has a tough nut to crack: they need to reinvent that environment. Can a web app do that? Probably not by itself. Google glasses (version 3.0) has the chance to change how we see the world, and that could make a huge difference. If you program the glasses so McDonalds looks like a giant potted plant, you probably won't be as tempted to go in. A company has to think how they can physically limit the unhealthy options, and physically encourage healthy options, to reinvent the way users interact with the world.
Great post--most insightful thing I've seen someone say on the subject.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on All the fitness apps in the world won’t make us thin
Swype (the new beta version) is all I need to like Android over iPhone. The keypad is the most important, potentially time consuming interface on your phone, and nothing beats Swype.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on A layman’s review of the Nexus 4 – and how it compares to the iPhone
Thanks Hamish--this was my favorite forward-looking article this year. There is a lot of pessimism out there. This should actually be a very exciting time for tech fans--and tech journalists. This is the lull when you get to go find and champion the next greatest thing.
11 months, 1 week ago on Apps aside, has the tech industry ever been more exciting?
I totally disagree with the ticker logic--I'm curious enough with what's going on in the world that I'm going to find these articles by myself. I thought you originally installed the ticker because you wanted to ensure you had a lot of new content, and that it would go away after you got up to speed. Please make it go way--it takes up space and I don't want to read it.
1 year ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!