Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky, Indonesia

The Speaking Train Is Leaving the Station

I just got back from an awesome week in New York, mostly doing book press and catching up with some old friends. I haven't been to New York in years, and was amazed at how much  cleaner and hassle-free it was than I remembered it. I guess traveling in even bigger developing mega-cities gives you an appreciation for how well run and convenient New York really is.

I scooted over to Boston for a day to meet with my speaking agents at APB. The last we talked I was all about the Valley, so we wanted to go over some keynote topics for colleges, non-profits, corporate and international groups that would leverage the learnings from "Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky." We all wound up talking for several hours, and I hope some nice speaking gigs will come out of it. Actually, a few already have.

I did basically no speaking gigs the last few years because I was so consumed writing the book, but it's time to get back out there. If you've got something and you are interested in booking me, head to the speaking tab at the top of the page.

I'm also doing some author talks at several companies around Silicon Valley. All you have to do is buy books for attendees and they're still pretty cheap on Amazon. Below is a clip reel of a talk I did at Say Media a few weeks ago-- actually the first one I did on the book. (I shrunk the player to fit on here and the TechCrunchTV watermark is HUGE! But you get the idea.)

Meanwhile, I've gotten a few more reviews of the book, some more press in the works, and a big TechCrunch book party in San Francisco next week. Tickets sold out insanely fast, so apologies if you didn't get one. In hindsight, I should have booked a bigger venue, but I underestimated the enthusiasm!

About 24 hours after that party ends I'll be on a plane to Indonesia. Unfortunately, it's not a reporting trip, I'm going on a two-week speaking grant for the State Department to talk specifically about enabling entrepreneurship opportunties for women. I don't know my whole schedule but I know I'm meeting some kids in an entrepreneurship competition that's being turned into a reality show (#awesomeidea) and doing an event with Martha Tilaar the "Indonesian Oprah" as I call her, who I write about in the book. I'm honored to be able to share the stage with her.


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Very nice introduction. See you at the book signing event in SFO this week.

Nice write up on Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky in Technology News - It certainly peaked my interest in it. Congrats!

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"Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky" puts a well-deserved spotlight on the fascinating entrepreneurs working in some of the most overlooked places on Earth. This book reminds us that when entrepreneurial opportunity is enabled and embraced locally, the economic and social benefits have the power to transform us all.
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Sarah Lacy is an award-winning reporter who has covered high-growth entrepreneurship for more than fifteen years. She is the founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of, the site-of-record for the startup ecosystem. She lives in San Francisco.

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