Dear Sarah Lacy,
First of all, congrats on the launch of PandoDaily! I’m looking forward to reading (and responding to) your sharp commentary on the startup world. A publication focused exclusively on the ecosystem makes sense, and I’m glad to see you join the ranks of the founders that you’ve covered for most of your career.
I also like the idea of the PandoTicker, which is where you aggregate the top news in the startup space. Honoring embargoes for the Ticker while reserving long-form content for exclusives is also a smart move.
But I still have two questions that I’m hoping you could answer:
- Where are you going to draw the line for what you cover as a “startup”? In other words, when does a company cease to become a startup? AdAge reports that you’re going to be exclusively focused on startups and that we shouldn’t expect a lot of coverage of Microsoft or the other big companies. That’s fair, but when does a company cease being a startup and start becoming a big tech company? Is it when it IPOs, when it reaches a certain number of employees, or am I just splitting hairs here?
- Is your ambition to focus solely on PandoDaily, or do you intend to launch other sites in the future? I ask this because the name of the company is PandoMedia, which gives you wiggle room to expand. I’m curious whether you intend to expand this out into a media empire or keep this as a one-site organization.
Again, congrats on the launch, Sarah. I expect that your venture will do very well. I’ll definitely be reading.
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