This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

A Conversation With Pandora's Tim Westergren: 'TheBeach Meets TheStreet' Startup Founder Series

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- We could not have picked a better guest to kick off TheBeach Meets TheStreet's startup founder series than Tim Westergren, the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Pandora (P - Get Report) Internet Radio.

Westergren told great stories and provided loads of excellent insight during our 24-minute conversation. You can watch the highlights in this article's accompanying video. To see the unedited version, go to TheBeach Meets TheStreet Playlist at TheStreet's YouTube Channel.

The blend of Westergren -- as a human and company co-founder -- and Pandora -- as a perpetual start-up -- perfectly illustrate what we're trying to capture with this series. Unorthodox, anti-MBA, slightly unkempt and raw, unrefined start-up culture.

After the interview -- and, truth be told, I had some nervous excitement going in -- I could have kicked myself for not framing the shot better. I did not have my co-producer, Manoj Rao, along so it was me and my iPhone 5 on a tripod.

But, TheBeach is a a start-up operation also -- low overhead (we learned from the dot-com bust (!)), always learning, always evolving and always getting better. It sort of fits to have an off-center shot when you're sitting on couches in the middle of Pandora's open office -- people working and talking in the background -- next to Westergren in jeans and sneakers with somewhat shaggy hair.

In any event, the production quality will go up -- in a big way -- from here. In terms of content, Westergren sets the bar way high.

Spend any amount of time with Tim and it doesn't take long to realize he's about as genuine and unassuming as a person gets. If you bumped into him on the street, you would never know he's a multi-millionaire. While he clearly doesn't like to talk about himself, we get into the notion of humble leadership during our time together.

But just because he's humble doesn't mean he's passive. Westergren is an aggressive competitor. He's proud of what he and his team have built over the years at Pandora. He's not shy about expressing the sentiment that Pandora will, once the noise and dust settles, prove the critics wrong.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
P $16.31 3.10%
AAPL $123.22 -0.82%
FB $83.30 0.35%
GOOG $548.13 -1.30%
TSLA $185.15 -2.80%


DOW 17,712.66 +34.43 0.19%
S&P 500 2,061.02 +4.87 0.24%
NASDAQ 4,891.2190 +27.8570 0.57%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs