With gas prices inching their way back up and traffic in most metropolitan areas bottlenecking along any rush-hour route, it's a wonder that the majority of the modern office workforce doesn't telecommute.
Nobody knows where the future of the music industry lies, but few would place its epicenter in Oakland. That doesn't bother Pandora.com's co-founder, Tim Westergren, whose free, customizable online music service is based in a city not known for tech startups. Westergren, 42, has spent the past nine years here in the East Bay, growing Pandora into a music-streaming colossus -- think of it as your own personal radio station -- that caters to 25 million listeners nationwide. "We want to completely redefine radio," he says.