Grooveshark is Still Music to His (and Millions of Others') Ears

In 2006, Josh Greenberg and Sam Taratino launched groovershark.com. Grooveshark’s mission statement is “to bring all the music in the world to everyone in the world, fairly, and legally.” The company believes in open music. Greenberg describes open music as “a philosophy that [they] share in which music is going to be better off with openness rather than closed systems in mind.”  They want to help artists get their content into the world to as many people as possible. Grooveshark has 20 million individual users every month from around the globe who are able to create personalized playlists from 25 million songs. The company has become a popular name in on-demand music streaming and has been mentioned in Time, Rolling Stone, TechCrunch, and Mashable. Grooveshark currently has 100 employees with its main office in Gainesville and a secondary office in New York City. Life couldn’t be better for Grooveshark is it wasn’t for the $17-billion lawsuit against Universal Music Group the company faces. The article goes on to answer questions about the original vision of Grooveshark in 2006, competition, Grooveshark in today’s world, current music industry, Groovesharks future, the lawsuit, and himself. 

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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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