About ShowGo.tv

Tonight, in cities around the world, master musicians will perform live in intimate, iconic venues. Magic happens nightly, at some of the coolest places in the world. You couldn’t be there.

Until now.

We think that everyone in the world should have easy and affordable access 24/7 to the world’s best live music. Club-hop on your iPad. Have live music as background music in your living room with loved ones and party guests. Listen to shows from Milan, London, San Francisco, Rio in your car.  ShowGo.tv is building a unique user experience that allows you to connect to artists and fans during shows and sound checks, and find out everything you need to know about hot venues and musicians.  For now, we are streaming from London, Sao Paulo, Milan, and several U.S. cities, premier clubs with both big name artists and up and coming bands. For a look at our vision for what he intend to provide over the next year, enjoy our two minute video.

ShowGo.tv is the brainchild of a team of industry professionals with years of experience building successful brands and companies in the media, music and technology spaces.  We love live music, we love streaming video and we love creating new media experiences.

Here are some of the people behind the vision.

Brian Gruber.  Founder.  CEO. 

Brian has 20 years experience building new media teams and brands in the U.S., Australia and China. He currently serves as President and CEO of the company after serving in that role for three years at FORA.tv, a company he founded in 2005.

Brian was the first chief marketing officer for FOXTEL, presiding over the nationwide launch of the cable television service in Australia. As C-SPAN’s first head of marketing, he built its nationwide affiliate organization and launched C-SPAN II with the largest ever subscriber base for a new channel at the time.  He managed marketing organizations in some of America’s largest urban cable systems, specializing in building brands and driving record subscriber growth. Some of his fondest early memories with his daughters Jennie and Andrea were introducing them to live music at a young age.


Katherine_Ajk HeadshotKatherine Ajk. Vice President, Affiliate Relations.  

Katherine Ajk has over 15 years of marketing experience working with Fortune 100 brands such as AT&T, Verizon, Charter Cable and DIRECTV.  Her broad range of tactical marketing experience selling premium and Pay-Per-View media services includes direct marketing, project management, product management, event marketing, account management, promotion and sales training.  Katherine and Brian first worked together when she was senior manager and he was VP Marketing for Charter Cable’s western division, overseeing and driving more than a billion dollars a year in revenue.

Spencer Nassar imageSpencer Nassar.  Product Development/ Engineering.

Spencer is Managing Director of Gatheringpoint Digital LLC, an HTML5 and Mobile Technology consulting firm.  He was SVP Alliances and Product Marketing for Dotcast Inc, responsible for product definition and roadmap, then product marketing and the alliances (including Disney).  At NetChannel, Spencer had responsibility for set top box technology and partner relationships with Oracle/NCI/Liberate and Thomson (RCA). Spencer is the chief driver of ShowGO.tv’s vision for a best of breed, immersive, highly social user experience.

David de Kadt. Business Development/ Syndication.

David de Kadt has over 25 years experience building financially successful, lasting media brands, with an emphasis on content distribution on cable, satellite, telco and digital platforms. As Co-Founder of Havoc TV, David is behind Havoc’s emphasis on over-the-top video provider partnerships, web initiatives, live streaming events, 3D productions, and international JVs.s. As SVP, Court TV and a director  for TLC, he helped bring those networks to the forefront of the burgeoning cable network industry.

mpckhMichael Cronan and Karen Hibma. Branding.

The man who gave ShowGo.tv its name and visual identity, Michael Cronan, passed away on January 1, 2013. A tribute to him appears in the ShowGo.tv blog here. Imaginative perception and innovation have been the hallmarks of Michael’s award-winning design career, spanning more than 30 years.  In June of 2009, he and his wife and partner Karin Hibma were named two of Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business.  The recipient of numerous awards from leading design organizations, the firm is responsible for the branding of TiVo, Kindle and FORA.tv among many others.

Lou Borrelli.  Chairman of the Board, Investor.

Lou is an established new and traditional media executive, successful entrepreneur and recognized industry leader. A pioneer in cable television, online media and broadcast production services, Borrelli has been driving innovation in operations, marketing, business development and new product creation for more than 30 years. Most recently, Borrelli was CEO of NEP Broadcasting LLC, the leading international provider of outsourced teleproduction services for major live sports and entertainment events around the world. Prior to joining NEP, Borrelli was SVP, Broadband, of AOL. He was a founding partner, EVP and COO of Marcus Cable Co. LP. Under his leadership, Marcus Cable grew to become the nation’s largest privately held cable company and was named “Cable Operator of the Year” by Cablevision magazine.

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham. Board Member. Artist and Venue Outreach.

Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s-as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose recordings and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion-Billy Cobham has remained a tireless musical explorer. Cobham co-founded the fusion group Dreams, which also featured Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Don Grolnick, Barry Rodgers, and Will Lee. The following year he was invited to join Miles Davis’s group and contributed to four pivotal recordings by the trumpeter, including Bitches Brew (where he collaborated with guitarist John McLaughlin) and Tribute to Jack Johnson. Billy launched his solo career with Spectrum, one of the definitive albums of the jazz-rock era.

“Music will tell the world who you are, based on what you present and how you present it.”

Milt OlinMilt Olin, Legal Counsel

Milt Olin is not only a brilliant strategist and a learned, sweet guy, he has been a major driver in the development of digital music rights policy and practice worldwide. Milt is Senior Partner, Altschul & Olin, LLP and also served at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. He was COO of Napster and was SVP Business and Legal Affairs for both Polygram and A&M Records. Milt is an entrepreneur and profound legal thinker with a big passion for finding new ways to bring music to the world.  He guides the company’s domestic and international music rights strategy.

Joel Ficks. Adviser, Finance and Strategy.

Joel Ficks has twenty years of experience working in the US and Asia with multinationals and start-ups in the online, technology, service, and consumer products industries and taught a course on new ventures at U.C. Berkeley. Joel is the former CEO and board member of Link Media, a next-generation national TV network that pioneered interactive multi-media technologies, received a Peabody award for its unique content and was acquired by KCET. Prior to assuming the CEO role, Joel held the positions of EVP and CFO. Joel is currently CEO of the Domus Institute, which among other things is creating online L&D programs. He is a licensed CPA.

Jeff Payne. Board Member. Technologist.

As a technologist, executive and entrepreneur, Jeff has been involved in the development and commercialization of high-value Internet applications for the past 20 years. He has held numerous C-level positions overseeing systems design, operations, software and hardware design and development. At Spry in 1993, Jeff oversaw the conception and development of the first integrated Internet software package, Internet-In-a-Box, which became the world’s best-selling PC software in its first two years of release. He simultaneously created and drove Internet service provider SpryNet to become one of the largest ISPs to date. In 1996, Jeff invented the fundamental hosting model used for delivery of Internet video and audio today by creating the first multimedia content delivery network (CDN), the Real Broadcast Network. As co-founder of Bivio Networks, Jeff helped to create the first field-programmable packet editing appliance, a product category that now exists in almost every large network. Jeff then founded GridNetworks in 2005 and drove its technology to a merger in early 2009. His latest company, OpenCar Inc, is developing next-generation entertainment and telematics for the automotive market, and will see global deployment in model year 2014.

Brian ZiskBrian Zisk, Adviser and Investor.

Brian is a serial entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He is a founder of BuzzMakers, Inc., which produces the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. He is a co-founder of the SF MusicTech Fund. Additionally, Brian is a Co-Founder and Technologies Director of the Future of Music Coalition. Brian was previously a founder of The Green Witch Internet Radio which was sold to CMGI. He is an expert at “frenzy whipping, brand awareness, and creating new business models”.

Jeff RoseJeff Rose. Board Member. Communications.

Jeff is founding partner of The Rose Group (TRG) Marketing & Communications.  Prior to launching TRG over a decade ago, he served as Managing Director at BWR Public Relations.  

Jeff was one of Miramax Films’ early Vice Presidents and was one of the youngest agents to serve at the William Morris Agency.  He was an executive producer of the acclaimed motion picture “Waitress.” An early adviser and investor at FORA.tv, Jeff provides a wealth of strategic insight in a broad range of areas from communications to artist relations to positioning.

Vinnie Longobardo.  Adviser, Programming and Production.

Vinnie is a 28 year veteran of the TV, mobile & new media industries. He started his career at MTV in 1981, and was instrumental in launching the network in Latin America & Asia, also serving as MTV’s SVP, International Program Development. In 1999, Vinnie became CEO of Talking Drum, a wireless startup that created the 1st US mobile service marketed directly to youth. He joined the launch team at Comcast’s G4TV in 2001, building the new network from ground up and oversaw the merger & integration of TechTV. After leaving G4, Vinnie created Vinnie Longobardo Productions, to develop new programming concepts & provide consulting services in programming, production, & operations.

Steve VillanoSteve Villano, Adviser, Strategic Communications

The founder and CEO of Social Vision, Steve Villano, brings together 40 years of experience in public service, public health, public education, non-profit management, organizational design and development, and communications/media.  A counselor to former Governor Mario M. Cuomo of NY State, Villano has worked as a senior administrator at two major public health medical centers, and run two major national non-profit organizations.  For 22 years, Villano taught communications skills, conflict resolution, ethics in the workplace, and political communications for Cornell University’s ILR School’s Labor Studies Program.  Villano holds a law degree from Hofstra University Law School, a Masters Degree in Communications, and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the State University of NY at Albany.   He has also served as a Senior Strategic Advisor to Sherry Lansing, former President/CEO of Paramount Pictures, CEO of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, and Founder of the EnCorps Teachers Program.

Rich GoldbergRichard Goldberg, Adviser, Marketing and Programming Strategy.

Rich Goldberg is a strategic adviser to ShowGo.tv, bringing his years of experience in television programming, market development, new media and product packaging to the company. Rich has a long resume from Vice President of Program Acquisitions and Strategic Development for DIRECTV to Executive Vice President Affiliate Relations/ Network Development of Univision, beginning his television career at Turner Broadcasting. As President of Blue Star Media, he has consulted for numerous companies including AnyClip, Control Room, Politics & Prose and betaworks.