Lauren Smiley

Lauren Smiley

Boots-on-the-ground tech reporter.

Writing about humans in the tech age. Stories at Cal Sunday, New York Mag, San Francisco Mag, Backchannel. Alum of at Medium, and San Francisco Weekly.

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Trouble in the House of Rothenberg

Rothenberg Ventures was young, splashy, and now under SEC investigation.

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The Shut-In Economy

The cultural shift of an on-demand world: getting used to getting served.

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The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro

He blasted the homeless, then tried to make amends, startup-style. But as Greg Gopman learned, no business plan can find your way back home.

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The Revelations of Lady Murderface

The surprising back story and outcome of the Yelp minimum wage whistleblower Talia Jane.

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How India Pierced Facebook’s Free Internet Program

India didn't want "free" Facebook, if it meant squandering net neutrality. Report from India.

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The Great Customer Service Exodus of Tech Boom 2.0

Are startups exporting Silicon Valley's promise, or just its dead-end jobs?

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Canary in the Code Mine

With a crashing coal industry, Appalachian miners turn to code.

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I'm Rich. You're Hot.

The techie sugar daddy universe during Tech Boom 2.0.

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How to Sell (And Sell and Sell) In Silicon Valley

A profile on the real estate agent pitching Chinese buyers on Bay Area real estate.

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San Francisco's Strip Club King

Before Joe Carouba could clean up strip club row, he had to clean up himself.

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What Strippers Can Teach Uber Matter — Medium

The On-Demand Economy is using the same labor model as strip clubs.

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Where Silicon Valley (Still) Looks for Love

A visit to Cougar Night at the Rosewood in the age of Ellen Pao.

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The Biggest Little Drone City in the World

Reno's bid on the drone economy in the first issue of California Sunday Magazine.

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Mr. Acworth Goes to Vegas

San Francisco's most famous pornographer flees the Condom Police in Sin City.

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Dead Right There: San Francisco Magazine

The Asiana plane crash created heroes and victims. Some became both.