“We’re focused on experimentation and new ideas that complement our core product experience, leveraging our API and SDKs,” he explains around the labs intentions.
“Minnesota is appealing to us because there’s a growing talent pool here. A city with rich musical heritage, a thriving creative community and plenty of talented engineers,” Russell says about why Minnesota.
Together with a designer and a mobile engineer, Russell is camped out at CoCo in Uptown until a select space opens next month in Northeast Minneapolis that will ultimately accommodate more people.
He declined to say just how little or large the lab will ultimately be, but it’s likely they’ll be hiring more engineers over the course of the next year.
Rdio was started in 2009 by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström (Skype founders), and has raised over $125m in funding, per Crunchbase.
“We’re at the forefront of driving innovation in the music space, this is one more example of many ways we are pushing forward,” Russell said.