Grooveshark was founded in 2006 by Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg with the sole mission of providing a digital music environment to help bridge the growing gaps between artists, consumers, and those in between who distribute, market and promote music. Grooveshark exists to create means for consumers to listen to exactly the music they want easily and without restriction while combating piracy and generating revenue, compensation, and tools for artists, labels, and content partners of all sizes.
As one of the largest global on-demand and music discovery services with over 15 million files and 30 million users, Grooveshark is an ecosystem that brings together music fans, bands, music labels, and brands. By creating new revenue sources for the music industry, innovative marketing opportunities for artists, and strategic data products for music and brand managers, Grooveshark cuts into music piracy by helping everyone—from fan to band—make the most of online music.
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About the Founders
Sam Tarantino, the founder and CEO of Grooveshark, came up with the idea for Grooveshark while studying Economics at the University of Florida. He had become distraught with the current situation in the music industry while he was pursuing his lifelong goal to be a successful musician by writing, playing and recording music. After meeting Josh Greenberg, who was pursuing a Business Administration degree at UF and brought his technical background in web development to the table, the two launched Grooveshark in 2007.
Sam now oversees overall business strategy, licensing and key partnerships, and corporate development for Grooveshark.
Josh, serving as CTO and co-founder, leads Grooveshark's engineering, infrastructure, creative, data, and community teams, coordinating high-level strategy with technological implementation.
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- Over 30 million monthly active users
- 17 million registered users
- 1.2 billion streams per month
- 300,000 artist promotional plays per month
- 130 employees in 4 states and 3 countries
- Grooveshark has grown 500% since 2010, creating over 100 new music and tech jobs
Grooveshark works with artist, labels, and content aggregators of all sizes to promote, distribute, and monetize their catalogs. Tens of millions of music fans use Grooveshark each month, to which Grooveshark helps music makers target detailed promotions, provide transparent analytics to artists of all sizes, and reclaim revenue previously lost to music piracy.
Grooveshark is an open platform controlled by its users. All the files on Grooveshark come from labels, distributors, artists and music fans alike. Grooveshark operates under the DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act's Safe Harbor. In simple terms, this means that just like thousands of other sites all around the web such as YouTube, Flickr, SoundCloud, Facebook, Vimeo and countless others, users share content the site. If a copyright owner finds any infringing content, we completely remove it from the site within 24 hours and implement our very aggressive one-strike policy--meaning that the person responsible for uploading that content will have those privileges permanently revoked.
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