Thursday, February 08, 2007

Pandora Meetup with Tim Westergren in NYC

Freezing temperatures didn't keep about 120 New Yorkers from flocking to a Cinema in the Village last night to meet Tim Westergren - the founder of Pandora. The session was mostly Q&A and the crowd consisted predominantly of music/Pandora enthusiasts so most questions focused on enhancements and better music selection.
Some interesting facts/trivia about Pandora (which I consider one of the most useful launches of the last few years) though:
- Guy Kawasaki provided the initial seed money for Pandora
- They went through 3 years of bootstrapping before finally getting some money from VCs in 2003
- The day they went to "Free" they got 250,000 visitors
- They're now at 5.5MM registered users!
- Revenue model will remain advertising - Tim is convinced of that
- 90210 is the most popular ZIP code (hint, hint: you have to be a US resident to listen)
- the DMCA enables and restricts Pandora in what they do - so you won't be able to listen to Madonna three times in a row here...

And now the good news - they're adding 15,000! new songs every month and classical music is coming soon!

Cheers to Tim and the free T-Shirt!

1 Comment:

Tim of Suburbia said...

Hey great write up. I was able to catch Tim at town hall in Durham, NC a few months back. It was great, 120 people has to be some kind of record though. I'm out here inviting all Pandora enthusiasts to share their stations at http://pandorastations.com

See you in the Pandorasphere!

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