Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek joined us last night to mark our sixth PandoMonthly event in New York, braving the snow and the East Coast’s propensity for horrible weather to talk about all things Spotify.
Ek talked a little bit about his
child slavery student-powered website development gig that he started at 13; the impact Sean Parker and Napster had on Spotify; the company’s “no-compromise” approach to working with the record labels and why he thinks these companies might be reticent to work with “disruptors”; and the reason he decided to base Spotify’s US operations in New York instead of San Francisco.
Besides the posts linked above, we also had our head of experimental journalism, David Holmes, “live-song” the interview with a rolling Spotify playlist. Yes, this is very meta, and yes, it’s also incredibly cool.
We’d like to thank Accel Partners for sponsoring last night’s event. Sponsorships help keep the ticket prices at the so-affordable-a-startup-founder-on-a-ramen-noodle-budget $20 going rate. If you’re interested in sponsoring an event, please contact Jeanne Logozzo at Jeanne@pandodaily.com. The video is available for streaming below.