Tim Westergren

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Tim Westergren
Westergren at the 2010 Time 100 Gala
Timothy Brooks Westergren

(1965-12-21) December 21, 1965 (age 58)
OccupationCo-founder of Pandora Radio Co-founder of www.sessionslive.com

Timothy Brooks Westergren (born December 21, 1965) is a co-founder of Pandora Radio.[1]


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.[2] 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,[3] 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.[1] 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.[4]

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.[5] In June 2017, he announced that he would step down as CEO.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Corporate Team". Pandora. 2010-05-04.
  2. ^ "Pandora at Stanford: Beginnings, with Tim Westergren '88". Events.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  3. ^ "Startup Strategies: Advice from successful entrepreneurs about making it-- and learning from failure". SUCCESS magazine. SUCCESS Media. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  4. ^ Kurt Andersen (April 29, 2010). "The 2010 Time 100: Tim Westergren". Time magazine. Archived from the original on May 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  5. ^ Chandler, Michele. "Pandora Founder Tim Westergren Returns As CEO, Stock Hits Sour Note". Investor's Business Daily. investors.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Pandora Media's CEO Tim Westergren to step down: Recode". Reuters. 25 June 2017.