Brief pause in Aspen, CO (blog post to follow on last night’s meetup here), giving me a chance to catch up on some meetup recaps. Two weeks ago I had a fun swing up to the green lands of the Pacific Northwest with stops in Seattle and Portland. Both favorite destinations when I was in bands… great music scenes.
Tuesday was at the Seattle public library…
– an amazing modern structure right in the middle of downtown, held not surprisingly in the Microsoft auditorium. Public libraries are such terrific community ingredients. A terrific audience – lots of questions about the rates issue of course, which continues to be a theme of the town halls. Fitting given that local representative Jay Inslee is one of the lead sponsors of the Internet Radio Equality Act (he had a staffer at the town hall). Thanks again Mr. Inslee.
There was a lot of discussion about an API for developers to start building assorted guerilla products. Fortunately our CTO Tom Conrad was in attendance when the talk got technical. We’d love to enable that, but are also constrained by music licensing issues as well as the cost (hard to ensure enough advertising revenue to pay for the streams).
I also picked up a healthy number of CDs from local artists which is always nice, and received my first Twitter tutorial.
Portland was great. Blistering hot. We met in a only-in-Portland, reclaimed, all wood industrial space.. beneath a bridge. Thanks to Bryan from Disjecta for hosting our visit (and for the ride to the airport). Really felt like the perfect place for a town hall. Fortunately we had cold water for everyone.
Portland has always been a unique place for me. It’s one of the most community-minded cities in the country in my opinion. I get a real sense of civic participation everytime I come through.
There was a lot of discussion about the rates of course, but also lots of advice about playlist creation – finding different ways to get started on stations like mood, genre, musical attributes, etc. (we’ve actually just launched some new features that start down that path).
Thanks for everyone for making this a memorable swing…