[quote style=boxed float=right]it’s not hard to figure that she is as excited about her new startup Pandodaily as a teenager is when he gets his hands on the PS3 for the first time. Enthusiasm is crucial for the success of any startup, and she has got plenty of that.[/quote]
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere is my layman opinion about the new startup PandoDaily, as by no means I am an expert in reviewing or evaluating startups. However recently, I have been very keenly observing the New Startup focused blog PandoDaily, founded by former AOL-TechCrunch employee Sarah Lacy. Since I barely take interest in startups press releases, unless of course, the startup is either Facebook, twitter, Google or Apple. ;} – therefore I don’t remember reading any of Sarah Lacy articles even back in the day when she used to work under Michael Arrington and later AOL.
However going through her recent tweets, it’s not hard to figure that she is as excited about her new startup Pandodaily as a teenager is when he gets his hands on the PS3 for the first time. Enthusiasm is crucial for the success of any startup, and she has got plenty of that. However enthusiasm alone can not help you, achieve all of your desired goals. You have to be little too much smarter than your competition as well.
Anyway, PandoDaily is trying to become another TechCrunch, a Blog mainly focused on aspiring young start ups. That’s pretty cool. However the question is, Does the World need another Techcrunch after all the bullsh*t we have seen lately. I guess at this point it would be also wrong to compare Techcrunch with PandoDaily, because Techcrunch is just too big in terms of its volume of traffic as well as the diversity of topics they cover. They don’t just cover startups. If you look around, they have got something for every kind of user. For instance I don’t really take interest in every tiny little startup popping up every day. And therefore they (TC) have got MG Siegler to write spicy Facebook/Google bashing and Apple ass-kissing articles to please my Apple fanboyish soul. :}} He perhaps is the sole reason why I used to and still read Techcrunch.
So bottomline is, If PandoDaily is really ambitious to become the next Techcrunch or a massively popular tech Blog, they would have to diversify their content, they would have to write content for every kind of tech-savvier internet user. If they remain entirely focused on little-to-unknown startups press releases. I doubt they would even come close to any of the middle-sized tech blog.
Lastly, the reason I analogized TheVerge with PandoDaily, despite being two totally different blogs, there is still one thing common between them. Both were created by the dissidents who left AOL for their own reasons. However I must say, TheVerge from the day one, demonstrated the ‘maturity’ level of uber-elite Tech blog. I don’t exactly remember of any drama happening during their transition from Engadget to TheVerge. They pretty well knew what kind of content their readers wanted to read actually. I guess it doesn’t take to be a rocket-scientist to figure either. They produced quality content and the content that people wanted to read.
Breaking News is vital for major tech blogs, however ‘coverage’ is equally important too. If you can’t break the news, then at least cover it, and give it your own flavor. This is the only suggestion I’d be making to guys at PandoDaily. Because sooner or later they would have to, just to simply survive in the brutal page-views driven industry of Tech Blogging.