Tag: tom conrad

03/12

Hey Pandora, Watch That Commercial Load

There's this myth out there that its the personalization that provides the primary motivation to use Pandora: The limitless allure of choice and variety. But I don't think so. I think it's much more about the comparatively clutter-free environment. That is, fewer spots. The "variety" argument: Everywhere we turn, it's clear that consumers favor hits. Even when he was onstage with me at hivio, the audio future festival last year, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad acknowledged that there is an equilibrium on each channel - that increasing "variety" past a certain point only invites consumers to … [Read more...]

07/15

What’s ahead for Pandora? CTO Tom Conrad talks to Mark Ramsey

Tom Conrad is the CTO of Pandora, and this conversation - from hivio 2013, the inaugural radio ideas festival - is the first public response of Pandora following Apple's introduction of iTunes Radio. Here are some of the questions I asked Tom: How has Apple’s introduction of iTunes Radio changed the calculus for Pandora? Are you personally surprised by how big Pandora has become? Why has Pandora become so big and not its many competitors? What’s your secret sauce? Are there any plans to add spoken work/talk content to the platform? Are there any plans to add local traffic, … [Read more...]

06/24

hivio Radio Ideas Festival – The Afternoon Sessions, including Pandora

Yesterday, I posted the morning sessions from hivio, the first-ever radio ideas festival, a free event in San Diego. Today, you can watch the afternoon ones. The event streamed live. Click the video/image below to watch the afternoon sessions. Because this is a real-time stream, feel free to scrub to whatever point in the afternoon that interests you. Over the coming weeks we will be publishing every individual Q&A and presentation. The afternoon kicked off with a timely Q&A with Pandora Chief Technical Officer Tom Conrad. [iframe … [Read more...]

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