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The Earbits team is extremely proud to announce what we believe is one of the industry’s most technologically-advanced online radio innovations yet.

Recently, Jordan Crook of TechCrunch touted Songza as the new rising star of radio with its mood and activity-based stations.  But since Pandora went public on the New York Stock Exchange, our team has been collaborating with leading technologists and financial analysts to build a complex music-selection algorithm that chooses music based on Pandora’s stock price and profitability forecast.  The result is the first playlisting algorithm that not only predicts the future financial success of one of the world’s largest music companies, but selects the perfect songs for users to listen to based on the behemoth’s financial outlook.

I’m not gonna lie.  Being a startup founder is stressful.  And…

One of the biggest stresses of startup life is growth envy.

As a startup founder, if you want to feel bad about yourself and your progress, jump on over to TechCrunch and read articles like “Who Is In the New Billion Dollar Valuation Club?

Look at Dropbox.  Look at AirBNB.  These companies are not 10 years old.  They are only a few.  A billion dollars?  In just a few years?  That is amazing.

Earbits needs to do that.

Nope.  It’s never enough.

We made a big announcement this weekend, about having raised a bit of money that should help us turn Earbits into the world’s next big internet radio company.  In the announcement, we likened ourselves to “Payola 2.0”.  This wasn’t an accident.  Calling ourselves Payola 2.0 is simply the easiest way to quickly describe our business to people familiar with the term.  As expected, there were a couple of negative comments and one well-written blog post about the problems with payola.  It gave us a great opportunity to talk about our vision, and I think convert a few skeptics.  It seemed like a good idea to post the same information here.