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Data Driven Discussions Podcast – Music You May Like: How Pandora Uses Data

In episode 101 of Data Driven Discussions, Sean Byrnes, co-founder and CEO of Outlier interviews Alex White. Alex is the former founder and head of Next Big Sound, the data group at a leading online music service:  Pandora.

Today’s podcast is the official launch of Outlier’s podcast,  Data Driven Discussions. Here on Data Driven Discussions we speak with leaders from many industries about how they use data to help their businesses and to better understand the role that data science plays in running a successful business.

Music is a competitive industry. Even though it’s driven by artistic creativity, the business of music is driven heavily by data. Alex walks us through how difficult it can be to get reliable data about music and how data can become a competitive advantage.

“We thought our system hadn’t updated, the data pipeline broke, all sorts of things.” – Alex White, Founder, Next Big Sound at Pandora

In this discussion, we’ll answer a lot of questions about the industry, including:

  • How do services like Next Big Sound gather data on what people think about music? (3:28)
  • What does Alex look for when evaluating business intelligence tools? (11:49)
  • How did Nicki Minaj fool the advanced algorithms at Next Big Sound? (13:35)

Listen to the episode below:

July 18, 2017 | Host: Sean Byrnes, co-founder and CEO of Outlier

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