Hometown town hall…

We had a great get-together last Thursday in our very own hometown of Oakland, CA at a perfect spot called Preservation Park, right downtown.

Town Hall_Oakland 12.8.jpgA really large crowd showed up, loaded with lots of questions and comments:
There were many questions about how we decide what music goes in Pandora, and on how artists are paid – including from a number of musicians whose music is on Pandora. There were also questions and suggestions about advertising on our site – is it targeted? For example, one married attendee asked about the frequency of dating site ads…I assured her this wasn’t a hint of any kind!

Pandora is very conservative on this issue, and it is heartening that our listeners also have a pragmatic attitude about the business benefits – good thing considering how Pandora works!
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Sioux Falls and Omaha

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Well, we capped off the Dakotas/Nebraska tour with a lecture at Augustana College in Sioux Falls (thanks to the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society) on Thursday and a terrific town hall that evening; then a meetup at the amazing Durham museum in Omaha last night (with a relaxing drive across the plains in between). We sure lucked out on the weather this trip. Not a flake of snow.

sd 3.jpgSioux Falls – thanks to Jeremy and the crew at the Museum for Visual Materials for being such a great host and for spreading the news locally. And what a turnout – around 250 people showed up for a very lively conversation – first time we’ve had more people show up than actually RSVPd. I learned something: classical music helps plants grow faster than rock music… That’s apparently been scientifically proven. Go figure.
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Town Halls This Week: Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, Omaha

In our ongoing quest to meet up with listeners across the country we’re headed to North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, for visits that we had set up once before and had to reschedule at the last minute… I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’ll host Town Halls (see below) – very informal gatherings where I’ll share some Pandora history, some background on the Music Genome Project and talk about what’s ahead for Pandora. I also want to hear what’s on your mind – questions, complaints, ideas…everything is fair game. Direct listener feedback is one of the things that keeps us jazzed at Pandora. It should be a fun time, complete with free Pandora t-shirts!
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