Echo Expands To San Francisco Headquarters
(Nov. 2, 2000) Echo Networks the first group music experience provider, has left their Silicon Valley suite and set up shop south of Market Street at 501 Third Street in San Francisco, California to accommodate their rapid expansion. [CEO Dan Hart -- pictured here -- celebrates the move.]
Their new facility is located at the corner of Third Street and Bryant, one block from South Park in the heart of the new media community. Echo acquired the 12,000 square foot space, the second and third floors of the building, to grow their corporate offices, data center and other proprietary information technology resources.
Having outgrown their Burlingame facility in 6 months, Echo, which streams music concurrently to groups of listeners via the Net, is gearing to launch a new Internet radio service next month. Echo lets listeners create their own radio stations online and allows them to invite friends to log on, listen and interact.
The company currently employs a full time staff of 30, with the head count projected to double before January 2001. A beta version of the service is currently available at www.echo.com, with version 1.0 scheduled to roll out this Fall.
Echo Networks, Inc., which introduced its beta service in June and launches this Fall, is rapidly building a passionate online music audience by enabling members to create “group stations” where listeners hear a simultaneous stream of mainstream music that directly reflects the group’s aggregated song ratings. Through a player that requires no downloading, Echo members rate music, chat with other members of their group stations, vote on the songs
playing, and invite others to listen. Echo’s breakthrough Groupcast™ technology keeps the entire group listening in sync regardless of network conditions, processing speed and bandwidth. Echo’s Song Selection™ technology intelligently delivers music that is updated in realtime to reflect the group’s song ratings and also includes Echo editors’ picks and chart hits. Together, these proprietary patent pending technologies leverage the benefits of streaming music to give listeners the simplicity of radio, the emotional impact of group listening and a feeling of total ownership of the listening experience.
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