Barcamp 2007

I have the chance to spend the afternoon at Barcamp 2007 in Palo Alto. It was my first barcamp and a great experience. Kudos to the team who put the time and emergy to organize this event.

Highlight #1. I was very impressed by the open, organic nature of the event. No big banners with marketing messages. Instead a self organizing wall were people could publish and subscribe to talks.
Barcamp 2007, the naked conference

Tom - CTO Pandora Highlight #2. Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora, did a 45 min talk on the lessons they learnt while scaling Pandora fro 8 users to 8 millions users. Both from a technology, marketing and support perspective. Tom is a great presenter with a very conversational/engaging style. They have a very open culture centered around listening to customers and focusing on building a great and differentiated product. They took three very important turns in the history of Pandora: 1) focus on internet radio, 2) differentiate by building the first product to allow users to create their own channels in one click and 3) shift from a subscription-based model to a creating ad-based model.

I had the chance to interact with Tom a couple times while he was at Kenamea and I was at Collaxa. I am glad to see that he/Pandora is doing very well.

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