Kara Swisher

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Pandora's Tim Westergren Speaks!

Here’s an interesting video interview BoomTown did last week with Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer and founder of Pandora Media, where I interviewed him at “The Future of Music” forum in Washington, D.C.

The former musician has ridden all the various bumps the Internet radio station has endured since its founding in 2000–from a $9 million funding in 2004 that saved Pandora to continued struggles to stay afloat after record labels came after it over royalties.

Now, with a stable and growing revenue stream–based on a traditional advertising business model–turbocharged by a popular mobile app for the Apple (AAPL) iPhone and about 65 million users, Westergren talks about what’s next for the Oakland, Calif.-based company:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik