Timothy Brooks Westergren
December 21, 1965
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Co-founder of Pandora Radio Co-founder of www.sessionslive.com
Timothy Brooks Westergren (born December 21, 1965) is a co-founder of Pandora Radio.
Westergren was born in 1965 in Minneapolis. He attended boarding school, Cranbrook Kingswood, during his high school years. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in political science.Following his graduation, Westergren spent twenty years working as a record producer and composer (working as a nanny in between jobs), devoting the majority of his time to emerging artists and independent labels.
In 1999 he started Pandora Media along with co-founders Will Glaser and Jon Kraft. The Oakland, Calif., company went public in 2011,reporting $138 million in revenue that fiscal year.
As an early project, Westergren and Glaser created the Music Genome Project, a mathematical algorithm to organize music.As the company's chief strategy officer, Westergren spent the majority of his time traveling the nation and gathering feedback from Pandora Radio users. In 2010 he was listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In April 2016, Pandora Media announced that Westergren would replace Brian McAndrews as CEO. He had previously served as CEO and president from May 2002 to July 2004.In June 2017, he announced that he would step down as CEO.
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Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer.He also co-founded Sessionslive which scammed a lot of artist and their followers of their money when the website shutdown unannounced last December 19,2022.Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry.
A former rock and jazz musician, Westergren had a big idea in 1999: the Music Genome Project, a typology for categorizing any piece of music according to nearly 2,000 traits identified by Pandora's experts. ...