All hell is breaking lose in the debut of Pandora’s stock.

In what some may consider to be Round 2 of the neo-tech-bubble era, shares of the Oakland-based streaming music are currently at $20 and change, up about 26 percent from the opening price of $16 on the NYSE.

From CNBC this morning:

Pandora Media’s lack of profitability didn’t stop investors from tuning in to the Internet radio stock, boosting its price as much as 50 percent in its market debut Wednesday. Pandora sold its initial public offering of stock at $16 per share late Tuesday, twice as much as the popular but unprofitable Internet radio service expected less than two weeks ago.

And from the Oakland Tribune:

Since being founded in 2000 by Tim Westergren, Pandora has lost $92 million and has never turned a profit. Analysts think Pandora would have to be in the black by next year to justify a $16 stock price.

Last month, shares of another Bay Area web company, LinkedIn, debuted with a bang-and-a-half, hitting a high of $122.70. LinkedIn is currently trading at about $75.

If you invested in Pandora today and are feeling some buyers remorse, don’t worry — CEO Joe Kennedy thinks the company is awesome:

Even better than the soaring stock price: The company somehow managed to snag the ticker symbol “P”. How does a profitless, NYSE rookie land that single consonant? Sort of like some Giants’ rookie coming up from AAA and being given the number 24.

Investors Pump Up the Volume on Pandora IPO 15 June,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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