Pandora

  • Note to Self: If the Halls Clear at Conferences, IPOs Are Near

    In Silicon Valley the terms of venture capital deals, the prices of valuations and the real stories of ousters are routinely dished, whether they always show up in the press or not. Sure it’s all off the record or on background or whispered at a coffee shop, but people who live here love what they do and when companies and valuations grow this quickly, it’s hard to keep the… Read More

  • Pandora Prices IPO At $7 To $9 Per Share At Valuation Over $1B, Raising $141.6M

    Music streaming service Pandora has just filed a new version of its S-1 that indicates the company will be pricing its stock at $7 to $9 per share. Pandora’s stock will be traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “P.” According to the filing, Pandora aims to raise as much as $141.6 million in the offerring, and will offer offering 5,000,682 shares of its… Read More

  • Pandora Is Now 10 Billion Thumbs Strong

    Personalized radio service Pandora has reached a major milestone: last week it recorded its 10 billionth thumb (and it was a thumbs up). Avid fans of the popular service already know what that means — for the rest of you, Pandora lets users mark the song that’s currently playing with a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down. The effect is pretty straightforward: hit a thumbs up and Pandora will… Read More

  • Welcome To The U.S.! What Spotify Can Expect When It Arrives

    I just read that Spotify is coming to the U.S! Oh, wait. That was an article from 2009. I hope they really mean it this time. I love the product. To grease the skids for them a bit, I’ve put together a little travel guide for what they can expect in advertising and media circles when they do arrive. Lots of love in digital circles. Being Swedish I’m guessing they’re… Read More

  • Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    In Silicon Valley it’s not just who you invest in that matters– it’s also when you invest in them. The earlier the investment, the riskier the bet. But the more jawdropping the returns if the company hits it big. It’s so lopsided, that typically just 5% of those unsure early bets create some 95% of the entire venture industry’s returns. Miss one of them, and it… Read More

  • Big Appetite: Greylock Sends Entrepreneurs a Message with Expanded $1 Billion Fund

    Big Appetite: Greylock Sends Entrepreneurs a Message with Expanded $1 Billion Fund

    In case you missed it, being a super angel is officially passe. The new hotness is having a late-stage growth cash. Sequoia Capital is doing it. Andreessen Horowitz is doing it. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is doing it. Accel is doing it. Hell, even Chris Sacca is somehow doing it. Greylock is the latest to officially join the club, with news today of an expansion to its current… Read More

  • Fred Wilson on Going After New Opportunities

    (Founder Stories) Fred Wilson Explains Why He Wouldn't Invest In Groupon Or Pandora

    Few VCs have a hotter hand right now than Fred Wilson. His firm, Union Square Ventures, is an investor in Twitter, Zynga, Foursquare, Tumblr, Etsy, Clickable, and more . In this episode of Founder Stories, he talks to host Chris Dixon about Union Square’s investment thesis has changed from going after all web apps to companies that are “building a large networks of engaged… Read More

  • With 80 Million Users, Pandora Files To Go Public

    With 80 Million Users, Pandora Files To Go Public

    Music streaming service Pandora has filed to go public. It could end up raising as much as $100 million. Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan are co-managing the deal. The filing puts them on track for a mid-2011 IPO, as we reported earlier. Some financial stats from the SEC filing: For the first nine months of 2010 it lost $328,000 on revenues of $90 million. (Michael Robertson’s $100… Read More

  • Pandora and the Final, Crucial Internet Radio Frontier: The Car (TCTV)

    At CES this week, Pandora made two announcements that get its popular Internet radio service into cars, one for Toyota and one for BMW. But while exciting, the reality is these are still hacks that use your smart phone to solve the big car Internet radio problem: Connectivity. It’s a big problem but a crucial one for Pandora to solve if it wants to realize its mission of being wherever… Read More

  • The Pandora-Elevation Deal that Never Closed and a Mid-2011 IPO?

    The Pandora-Elevation Deal that Never Closed and a Mid-2011 IPO?

    Back in August we reported that Elevation Partners had signed a letter of intent to buy secondary shares in Pandora, the long-suffering, now-hot online radio station. I wondered what ever happened to that deal, so I started digging. As it turned out, shares were sold but Elevation didn’t get them. Here’s what we’ve been able to piece together, from several sources on… Read More

  • Social Networking: The Future

    Social Networking: The Future

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on “Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future.” Read Part I and Part II first. In my first post I talked about the history of social networking from 1985-2002 dominated by CompuServe, AOL & Yahoo! In the second post I explored the current era which… Read More

  • Less Spotify, more Pandora – We7 shifts focus to more economical 'Internet Radio Plus'

    Navigating the choppy waters of ad-supported music, We7 hasn’t been afraid to change course. The UK startup began life as an innovative free music download service before transitioning to an on-demand browser-based offering. While most recently the company, which is backed by Peter Gabriel, Eden Venture and Spark Ventures, made a premium paid-for play with a desktop and mobile… Read More

  • Less Spotify, More Pandora – We7 Shifts Focus To More Economical ‘Internet Radio Plus’

    Navigating the choppy waters of ad-supported music, We7 hasn’t been afraid to change course. The UK startup began life as an innovative free music download service before transitioning to an on-demand browser-based offering. While most recently the company, which is backed by Peter Gabriel, Eden Venture and Spark Ventures, made a premium paid-for play with a desktop and mobile… Read More

  • Thumbplay Rocks 500,000 Downloads For Paid Music Apps Across iPhone, Android, And Blackberry

    Who says nobody will consider paying for streaming music? Thumbplay Music, which offers unlimited music streaming apps for a monthly subscription across iPhone (iTunes link), Android, and Blackberry, reports that its smartphone apps have been downloaded 500,000 times since June. Thumbplay won’t say how many of those downloads turn into paying customers (you get a free trial before… Read More

  • If Opie & Anthony Leave Sirius XM Will You Leave Too?

    So now that we’re very much approaching Opie & Anthony D-Day—Friday is the contract deadline, even though the contract actually expires on October 1—we need to ask ourselves: are we ready to drop Sirius XM if the boys don’t sign another contract? Read More

  • Pandora Launches On The TiVo Premiere DVR

    TiVo already has an impressive lineup of internet apps on their DVRs but the offering just got a little more musical thanks to Pandora. Nearly all of Pandora’s trademark features including access to the Music Genome Project is available in the app. Users can thumb up or down artists and create personalized radio stations on the fly. Existing Pandora users can sign into their accounts or… Read More

  • Pandora Handheld Sold Out, Back On Pre-Order

    Remember the Pandora handheld gaming console? The one that runs Linux, is open source, and designed by committee? Well, they did finally get the first 1,000 pre-orders shipped, and they are expecting to send out another 3,000 before the holidays. Read More

  • Elevation's LPs Refuse Extension for New Deals, Fund Riding on Facebook and Yelp

    Elevation's LPs Refuse Extension for New Deals, Fund Riding on Facebook and Yelp

    The hits just keep on coming for Elevation Partners, the one-time digital media, private equity dream team that has reconfigured itself as an investor in late stage Web 2.0 treasures. Earlier this summer, Elevation requested an extension on investing its $1.9 billion fund, and TechCrunch has learned that that request was denied—a move that came as surprise to us and to Elevation, we… Read More

  • You Are On Pandora: Service Hits 60 Million Listeners, Adding Users Faster Than Ever

    Yesterday at the New Music Seminar in New York, the streaming music recommendation service Pandora announced that they now have 60 million listeners registered. This is up from 50 million in April, and 40 million in December. Before that, it took them all over 2009 to double in size from 20 million to 40 million. In other words, the service is now adding users faster than ever. And that… Read More

  • Pandora Founder Tells Charlie Rose The iPhone "Almost Doubled" Growth "Overnight"

    With more than 50 million users and a recent infusion of cash, music streaming service Pandora is really hitting its stride. Founder Tim Westergren had his Charlie Rose moment last night, and one thing that really cam ethrough was how important the iPhone is to Pandora. “It is impossible to overstate” its impact, saays Westergren. When the iPhone app launched in 2008, it was… Read More

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