The Pandora Team

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

Backstage behavior

Do you recognize this behavior?
I happened to discover this song last week on Pandora: Say What You Mean by Maktub.
It was one of those times where you’re trying to Get Things Done, but this amazing song comes on…you have to find out what that song is, right? And once you see the album cover, then you have to click through to the artist bio, right? Because who is singing this fabulous song?! And then you want to read the notes about the album too. And maybe listen to a few of the clips of the rest of the songs on the album? And then maybe you create a couple of stations initiated from different songs on the same album, just to see how different the stations might turn out? (or is this just me?)
Then you see that the song you’re loving musically matches a Prince song; that’s interesting! I grew up in Prince Country, so I have to listen to the clip of that song too, don’t I? And then wait: it’s Prince singing (what if god was) One of Us. I remember Joan Osborne singing that. Huh, I wonder who wrote it? (sound of nerdy researching…answer: Eric Bazilian)
Pretty soon you’ve “wasted” a chunk of “precious” time just enjoying this music and the Backstage information surrounding it.
Ah, but it sure beats the alternative, doesn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with having a happily stuffed Pandora profile!
cheers, Lucia
Maktub Radio


We’re gearing up for a whole host of get togethers this Fall and would love to hear thoughts, suggestions, etc. from all of you. Already have Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Indiana, and more on the itinerary. We’ve created links for those respective states to the right on this page. We’d welcome your input, including suggestions for other destinations.
Also, if you like to help out, please send us a note to We can use all the help we can get!
Hope to see you in your hometown soon. Cheers. Tim (Founder)

Sardines in Orlando!

Well, somehow we managed to squeeze over 70 people into a space meant for 35. Thanks for being good sports everyone. Really great evening of food and music talk. Wonderful to see so many people show up, especially as the spot was a little out of the way. Walked away with some good insights from the evening (including the fact that I may have Journey in my genome…). Lots of discussion about celebrity playlists, artist-based stations, and improving the buying experience – too many songs/artists not available. Definitely something we’d like to figure out.

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