The Pandora Team

September 21, 2006 Dallas Meetup…

Nice to come back to Dallas. 90 degrees at 10pm… wow.
Thanks to everyone who came to Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Theatre downtown. Great spot for a meetup. Learned among other things, that much of college radio is programmed automatically. Stunned me.
Hope we had a small enough size for her…!
Next stop Los Angeles…

Meetup in Los Angeles!

Heading south to the city of angels… Come join us for a town hall meeting on Thursday night in Hollywood.
When: Thursday, September 28th, 2006 – 7:00pm
Where: The Silent Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Avenue (just south of Melrose)
Please rsvp to Should be a great conversation – hopefully we’ll have a good contingent of folks from the biz… We’ll of course have our pandora gifts too.

Tribute to the Triangle!

What a week! Charlottesville, Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill (plus Dallas last night, recap of that on the next post). Beautiful part of the country, super-hospitable people, and lots of music. Been a while since I’ve seen so much green.
Thanks to everyone who attended the various meetings and talks. I left town energized and armed with a bunch of great new ideas. I’ve posted some pix and thoughts below… if you have any you’d like me to add, please send ’em in –
First stop was Charlottesville, VA and UVA’s gorgeous campus where I spoke to Prof. Fred Maus’s music theory class…

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Dallas Meetup!

Moving on south! This Thursday, September 21th, we’re meeting Pandora listeners at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas. All the meetups this week have been really fantastic, and we’ll be sure to share some recaps soon.
When: Thursday, September 21th, 2006 – 7:00pm
Where: Magnolia Theatre
3699 McKinney Avenue Directions
This is a FREE event. Seating is limited, so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP to with “Dallas” in the subject line.
Hope to see you there! Tim (Founder)

Durham Meetup!

Our fall tour continues! This Wednesday, September 20th, we’re meeting Pandora listeners from the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas at the Carolina Theater in Durham.
When: Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 – 7:00pm
Where: Carolina Theater
309 West Morgan Street Directions

This is a FREE event. Seating is limited, so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP to with “Durham” in the subject line.
Hope to see you there! Tim (Founder)

Charlottesville Meetup!

Calling all Pandora listeners near Charlottesville! We’re getting together for a Town Hall meeting this coming Monday, September 18th at the Gravity Lounge, a cozy cafe/bookstore/art gallery recommended by several listeners on the blog comments.
When: Monday, September 18th, 2006 – 6:30pm
Where: Gravity Lounge
103 South First Street Directions

This is a FREE event. Seating is limited, so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP to with “Charlottesville” in the subject line.
Hope to see you there! Tim (Founder)

Philanthropy for Music Education

We’re very excited today to launch our partnership with GlobalGiving. This is the begining of what will become a continual effort to weave music-based philanthropy into Pandora.
little_kids_photo_02.jpgA central tenet of our company is a commitment to giving back to music and to the community. We intend to use whatever megaphone we have to support worthy causes and encourage others to do the same.
If you have a minute, take a look at the new site. Whether it’s through us, or any other means, we hope you’ll join us in this effort – we believe very strongly in the power of music to enrich and empower people’s lives.
Thanks again for being such wonderful listeners…
Cheers. Tim (Founder)

Flashify.. and Wikifi!! Blacksburg Town Hall

Well that just about sums it up. Thanks to everyone who showed up this evening for the Virginia Tech get together. Great lively discussion. Lots of very interesting thoughts and questions from about 150 students and Blacksburg locals in attendance. I was particularly struck by the interest in use of audience members to work on the genome. ‘Flashify’ the training and data input process to select the best analysts, and ‘wiki-fy’ the collection of musical information. There is certainly a strong current of enthusiasm for that approach – of which our process is most definitely not an example. It’s a conversation I’m looking forward to continuing in the years ahead.
Tonight’s event has me particularly excited about the upcoming college visits we have planned.
Sorry for those who didn’t get hats/shirts – drop me a note and I’ll make sure you get one. Also let me know if you have blogs/photos we should link to.
cheers to everyone. Tim (Founder)

Blacksburg VA Town Hall !!

Heading for Hokie country! We’re holding a Town Hall meeting next Tuesday, September 5th on the Virginia Tech campus. Looking forward to visiting the town that is apparently the most connected place in the country… Hope to learn a lot from you tech savvy types…
When: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 – 6:30pm
Where: Squires Colonial Hall
225 Squires Student Center
Virginia Tech Campus
VT has a great number of pandora listeners… one of the most of any campus. Should be a great evening. And we’ll have some cool pandora stuff…
This is a FREE event. Please RSVP to
Hope to see you there! Tim (Founder)

Background Music

Over the weekend I drove up from Oakland to Napa Valley and listened to This American Life to pass the time. As I listened to this week’s stories I was struck by the critical role the background music played. Whether it’s just a sonic backdrop for a moment of storytelling or a mechanism to transition from one scene to the next, the music provided important glue and subtext to the show. It wouldn’t have been the same experience without it.
On Friday night Pandora had the great fortune to provide the “soundtrack” for the 7th TechCrunch Party.
TechCrunch is a website that covers emerging companies on the new Internet as well as the mobile and consumer electronic domains. All of this is the brainchild of Mike Arrington who I was lucky enough to connect with at last year’s inaugural BarCamp. Mike’s covered Pandora’s evolution ever since.
So, as the nearly 700 guests at Mike’s party mingled, Pandora played DJ and – just like This American Life – the party had a completely different edge depending on what was spinning.
This was the 7th TechCrunch party and Pandora has been the DJ at just about all of them. It’s been a great way to get to know the bright people working on new web products and services as well as familiar faces from around the blogosphere like Robert Scoble, Thomas Hawk, and Scott Beale.
If you’ve let Pandora be the DJ at your own party, let us know how it went in the comments. We’d love to hear about it.
Photo Credit Scott Beale / Laughing Squid