Lauren Smiley

Lauren Smiley

Boots-on-the-ground tech reporter.

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

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Modern Luxury

Drama Queen

The original producer of "Fences" is a heiress-turned-Broadway producer named Carole Shorenstein Hays.

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The Big Sink

Inside story of the Millennium Tower, SF's sinking symbol of wealth. (Literally.)

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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

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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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

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

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Last Street Standing

A development and gentrification saga about San Francisco's Mission District.

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Who Needs Love When You've Got Willie Brown?

San Francisco's premier political trophy girlfriend.

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The Silk Road Ends in San Francisco

The route of the alleged Dread Pirate Roberts through San Francisco.

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A Jail Visit with the Alleged Dread Pirate Roberts

My unlikely jail visit to the Silk Road mastermind.

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Sympathy for the Landlord

The battle for the soul of the almighty San Francisco Landlord.

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A Girl, Her Pimp, and Her Parents

A true-crime story on a San Francisco couple accused of killing their daughter's pimp after getting no help from the authorities.

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Generation Ask

Reporting from Crowdfunding Nation. Culture and tech reporting for San Francisco Magazine.

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"Good Ross, Bad Ross" - Political Profile for San Francisco Magazine

An investigative look at the downfall of San Francisco's scandal-plagued sheriff