iG: Grooveshark Represents Gainesville on a National Level at SXSW Showcase in Austin, Texas

Gainesville based company Grooveshark represented the regions growing technology industry at the 2014 SXSW showcase. The company was founded in 2006 by Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg and is now one of the world's largest on-demand music streaming services. Grooveshark has recently partnered with Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and other tech leaders to promote the growth of tech companies in the region. 

March 17th, 2014 by gainesvillechamber

Grooveshark, one of the world’s largest on-demand music streaming services, teamed up with Mass Appeal for this year’s official artist showcase at SXSW (South by Southwest). The Gainesville-based company was launched in 2006 by founders Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg, and offers an open platform enabling artists, labels, and content owners to share and promote their music with a worldwide audience, averaging over 17.6 million users per month.

Multi-platinum artist Nas headlined the event, taking place at 8pm on Friday, March 14th at Austin Music Hall. Joining Nas were a variety of artists including Flying Lotus, B.o.B., A$AP Mob, Captain Murphy, Thundercat, BadBadNotGood, Boldy James, Cali Smoov, Bishop Nehru, and Mick.

“The City of Gainesville would like to congratulate Grooveshark on their SXSW showcase,” said City of Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy. “We are proud to see one of Gainesville’s home grown companies take such a prominent role in the 2014 SXSW showcase in Austin. I have seven Grooveshark playlists myself and look forward to the next generation of this fast growing company.”

Grooveshark’s headlining appearance at SXSW put Gainesville’s growing technology industry on a national stage. Greenberg has recently partnered with other tech leaders and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce (FL) to lead the growth of technology companies in the area with the newly-formed Gainesville Area Technology Council.

“Grooveshark’s showcase at SXSW exemplifies the Gainesville region’s growing technology industry,” said John Carlson, Chair of the Council for Economic Outreach, the designated economic development entity for the Gainesville region. “We are pleased to congratulate Grooveshark on their showcase at SXSW, and we look forward to seeing what they will continue to be able to accomplish, both internationally and locally in our thriving region.”

SXSW is an annual set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place in Austin, TX. For more information on SXSW, visit SXSW.com.

About Grooveshark

Grooveshark is one of the world’s leading on-demand music streaming services with over 17.6 million monthly active users. Launched in 2006 by Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark’s open platform enables Artists, Labels, and content owners to share and promote their music with a worldwide audience. As a leading innovator, Grooveshark has pioneered music streaming, search, digital artist promotion, as well as fan data analysis, and is now re-inventing the broadcast radio industry by allowing any user in the world to create their own Internet radio show. With the launch of its revolutionary mobile web app, users can access Grooveshark.com via the browser on their smartphone or tablet for free. For more information, visit Grooveshark.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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