Interviewed by Fortune, he says

Ryan Tedder says his business background is about as different from the “beverage” industry as one could imagine. Previously, he had been writing and producing songs professionally since 2001. And you might have heard of his band, OneRepublic, which has been in its current iteration since 2007.

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