We crossed a milestone at Pandora today: this morning we began trading as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “P.”

It’s a very proud moment for all of us, and we’ve all paused for a moment to take it all in. A number of us were on Wall Street to witness the opening day, and we’ve celebrated the moment with our teams all across the country. It’s really something to see people actually start to buy stock in your company. Pretty cool!

Most importantly though, this represents an encouraging sign about our hopes for building an enduring and impactful company. “Going public” is really a means to an end. It allows us to do even more of what we’ve been doing and to bring even more resources to bear on our mission of enabling people to enjoy music they know and discover music they love… and to help musicians find their audiences and build careers. Music is continuing to go through a major transformation – and no more so than in radio as it shifts from a broadcast world to unicast, personalized radio. We have a rare opportunity in front of us to influence the way people connect with music and to create a healthy music industry – one that is more inclusive of working artists and more expansive in the listening audience it serves. It’s an ambitious goal, but we think it’s an important one, and an achievable one.

We have many, many people to thank for our progress so far: investors who gave us the resources to get started; great advertisers and forward-thinking agencies who have recognized Pandora’s potential and embraced our platform in these early days; an amazing group of business partners – from car companies to consumer electronics to smartphone manufacturers for building so many great devices to deliver Pandora anytime/anywhere (and to the amazing networks that make that possible); labels and artists who continue to send us fantastic records everyday across hundreds of genres; and of course to our listeners who have been the lifeblood of Pandora, spreading the word about our service to friends and providing a nonstop stream of invaluable feedback. Not a day goes by that we aren’t grateful for every part of this ecosystem, of which we are now a part.

So we look forward with great anticipation, ambition and a healthy dose of humility to the years ahead. It’s a wonderfully exciting time and we’re very thankful to have this opportunity.

Now, back to work!

Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. Sumbit
    July 09, 2011 at 12:57am
    Station details aren't loading the seed info (artist and music) shows up as blank no matter what.
  2. dr Elizabeth George
    July 09, 2011 at 7:34pm
    just came here to meet my children and was thrilled to bits when my daughter showed me how to listen to hindi songs via pandoras.Thank you so much and all the best to you!
  3. ipad 2 keyboard
    July 11, 2011 at 7:17am
    Very nice. We are proud of you. By the way, The iPad version of Pandora is drop dead gorgeous and a joy to use. Cheers to Pandora for having it available so fast. Keep on good work!
  4. Anderson
    July 12, 2011 at 3:42pm
    I like it I would like to know how to change the stations and not just get one could you tell me how to do that?. Thanks that would be much appreciated. It is one hell of a bad ass app keep up the good work thanks again.
  5. Josh
    July 16, 2011 at 2:49am
    Hey guys here's something I just wanna throw out there. I accidentally gave a thumbs down on a song I really like and now it'll never be played again and the computer thinks I don't like it's genome. There should a list of likes and dislikes in case you messed up.
  6. Isabel Cutler
    July 20, 2011 at 5:05pm
    Recently we purchased a Ford Edge which came with a free subscription to Sirius. Found the Sirius sound seriously bad - very tinny and annoying. Fiddled with the bass, mid-tone and treble adjustments and just couldn't find any pleasing combination...and then my husband reminded me that we could play Pandora in the car via our smartphones and bluetooth. Pandora sound was so much better! What a difference. So much richer. Hoping that Pandora, Ford and Microsoft will get Pandora synched with the Edge so that we can have our selections on the car display.
  7. john
    July 21, 2011 at 2:37am
    You're "radio" is a joke. I Spent a half an hour waiting to hear the band I created the station for to no avail. Furthermore, limiting the skip option to a mere few songs doesn't sound very free to me.
  8. Alida
    July 24, 2011 at 3:09pm
    Great job!!! I learned of Pandora from a co-worker, and love it!! Except for one thing- My security setting on my computer changes to a negative everytime I log on. This should be a secure site if so many people are using it. Otherwise, I LOVE the fact that I, and my 12 yr old daughter can create our own stations. She hates my 80's metal station:)lol Keep up the great work.
  9. Nicole
    July 24, 2011 at 5:29pm
    Just downloaded Pandora to my new Ipad..LOVE IT!
  10. Susan Hill
    July 26, 2011 at 7:41am
    I just downloaded Pandora. My husband kept telling me to but since I usually prefer instrumental piano music, I didn't expect there to be anything for me, as a stay-at-home mom who likes to relax with my music. Wow. I was so wrong. Have listened all morning and LOVE the songs I've never heard of. Yay! Thank you!

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