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.
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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