Our Story

Alex, David, & Samir met and co-founded Next Big Sound at Northwestern University in 2008.

Over the last ten years, we have created and sold software to thousands of customers, licensed industry-defining charts, raised two rounds of venture capital, and built a world-class team of 20+ designers, engineers, and scientists.

On July 1st, 2015 Pandora acquired Next Big Sound where we continue to work on our original mission of making data useful for every artist in the world.

Outside of Pandora, we love sharing what we’ve learned by investing in thoughtful entrepreneurs.

If you are working on a futuristic early stage company that is making data useful, we’d love to hear from you!

Our Portfolio

 May 2018, Seed
KPI Ready streamlines data collection and reporting so that teams, investors, and stakeholders align on goals.
 April 2018, Seed
Tersai is page rank for display advertising.                                     
 December 2017, Series A
Data Nerds aims to make real estate simple by offering a suite of powerful products for both consumers and businesses.
 August 2017, Seed
Amber Agriculture automates grain management for farmers.
 March 2017, Seed
Harvest is building a better way for people to manage their debt.
 January 2017, Seed
Scout combines science fiction and journalism to explore the social implications of technology.
 May 2016, Limited Partner
Techstars Boulder is a 13-week mentorship driven startup accelerator. We went through the program in 2009.
 February 2016, Seed
TowerView Health develops smart pillboxes to assist chronically ill patients and reduce hospital costs for insurance companies.
 January 2016, Seed
ModernLend is inventing alternative ways to identify and lend to credit-worthy international students.
 November 2015, Seed
AdHawk is building a one-click optimization engine for digital advertisers.