Lauren Smiley

Lauren Smiley

Boots-on-the-ground tech reporter.

Writing about humans in the tech age. Stories at Backchannel, San Francisco Mag, Cal Sunday, New York Mag. Staff alum of Matter.com at Medium, San Francisco Weekly. Bilingual in Spanish.

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Resist article
backchannel.com

The Tech Resistance Awakens

What it means when tech workers get off the Google bus and into the resistance.

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backchannel.com

Trouble in the House of Rothenberg

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

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backchannel.com

The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro

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

Realtalia article
backchannel.com

The Revelations of Lady Murderface

The surprising back story of Yelp's minimum wage whistleblower.

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backchannel.com

How India Pierced Facebook’s Free Internet Program

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

Desk article
backchannel.com

The Great Customer Service Exodus of Tech Boom 2.0

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