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Nick Gross

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Nick Gross
BornNicholas William Gross
(1988-07-19) July 19, 1988 (age 35)
Laguna Woods, California, United States
🏡 ResidenceLaguna Beach, California, United States
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Drummer
Entrepreneur
Known forDrummer of Half the Animal
CEO of Gross Labs
Founder of Find Your Grind
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Nicholas William (Nick) Gross (born July 19, 1988) is an artist, entrepreneur and business executive. He is the Founder & CEO of Gross Labs, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Find Your Grind, CEO of Big Noise, and investor in Rogue eSports. In addition, he's the drummer for the American Alternative Rock band Half the Animal. [1][2]

Early Life and education[edit]

Gross was born in Laguna Woods, California.

Musical career[edit]

Gross began playing drums in 1993 at the age of 5. In 2000, he met singer-songwriter Chase Johnson in an after-school church class and subsequently formed the band Open Air Stereo,[3] which gained national attention after being featured on MTV's reality television show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. After appearing early in the show's third season, Open Air Stereo went on to sign a contract with Epic Records.[4]

After 12 years of writing songs, touring, and playing at venues such as the Roxy Theatre and the Troubadour,[4] Johnson and Gross quit Open Air Stereo and established Half the Animal.[5] On July 15, 2016, Half the Animal released its first single, "Babylon." Subsequently, Half the Animal released singles "Bad Bad Love" in 2017, "Too Late", and "Magic" in 2018, and "Hi Lo" in 2019.

Business Interests[edit]

Gross is the founder of Gross Labs, a fully integrated music, entertainment, and creative studio located in Los Angeles[6]. Gross Labs has invested in several successful ventures including Thrive Market, Draft Kings, Buzz Feed, and Floatie Kings. He was also part of a group of investors that raised $2.9 million in seed funding for the mobile application Speakr.[7][8]

Jon Cohen and Grammy-nominated producer/artist John Feldmann (Goldfinger, blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, Panic! At the Disco), partnered with Gross in 2018 to create Big Noise Music Group. The firm combines a record label, music studio, publishing company, and also a "holistic shop truly devoted to artist development with deep ties to media, brands and philanthropy."[9] Cohen formerly ran the label side at BMG; John Feldmann did A&R for BMG and Red Bull.[10]  Eli Lande heads up the media collective’s live festivals division as the president of Big Noise Live.[11] The Big Noise Live division oversees all aspects of festival development including funding, concept and IP development, talent booking, marketing, brand partnerships, event management and execution. The firm's headquarters are at The Noise Nest, a full-service, 5,000 square foot recording studio in Hollywood.

Philanthropy[edit]

Gross founded the Find Your Grind Foundation in 2015, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that’s dedicated to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Find Your Grind encourages self-discovery and guides young people who are not driven towards traditional career paths to their own journey of success.[12]  The organization offers several different types of scholarships, including a $450,000 scholarship program for students who want to pursue esports through a partnership with esports platform ReKTGlobal. [13] Find Your Grind hosts nation-wide speaking tours in high schools and major college campuses through a partnership with Jostens. This tour focuses on connecting, inspiring and educating youth on 21st century career possibilities.[14]  The organization has also developed a career-discovery curriculum for schools focused around these types of career paths.

Professional e-sports organization Team Rogue partnered with Find Your Grind in 2018 to launch the Junior Rogue program, a mentorship program for aspiring esports players.[15] The program teaches participants about the gaming industry via a structured semesterly accelerator program and is supported by Dr. Lupo, Imagine Dragons, Steve Aoki and Rekt Global. Participants get a $500 scholarship along with a travel stipend for any FYG or Junior Rogue events they’re asked to attend. [16]

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Personal life[edit]

Gross has two siblings. His half-brother, Jeff, is a photographer, and his half-sister, Jennifer, is an artist. Gross married Natasha Barritt in July 2018.[18]

Reference[edit]

  1. "How To Define Your Brand Story – On Your Own Terms". YFS Magazine: Startups, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Culture.
  2. "3 Ways to Marry Music and Technology to Grow Your Startup". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  3. http://www.stunewslaguna.com/archives/front-page-archive/8714-chase-johnson-nick-gross-053113
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Inside Laguna: Open Air Stereo - Laguna Beach (Video Clip) - MTV". MTV. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  5. "This Band From 'Laguna Beach' Is Even Hotter Now". galoremag.com. October 14, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. "HOME". Gross Labs. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  7. "twtMob Raises $2.9 Million in Seed Funding to Connect Brands with Social Influencers". www.businesswire.com.
  8. "Speakr (formerly twtMob) scores $2.9M to land more brand endorsements for Net influencers". venturebeat.com. October 13, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  9. https://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/178144/three-industry-vets-join-forces-to-launch-big-nois
  10. http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=312575
  11. https://www.pollstar.com/article/big-noise-names-eli-lande-to-head-new-live-division-exclusive-136456
  12. https://www.forbes.com/sites/julianmitchell/2018/07/31/find-your-grind-the-lifestyle-platform-teaching-gen-z-success-through-self-discovery/#68cb51b77488
  13. https://venturebeat.com/2018/02/21/find-your-grind-and-rektglobal-team-up-for-450000-in-esports-scholarships/
  14. https://www.sportsdestinations.com/destinations/new-jersey/news/find-your-grind-awarding-first-ever-esports-schola-14304
  15. http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/24756765/rogue-drlupo-aim-mentor-kids-fortnite-esports
  16. https://variety.com/2018/gaming/news/team-rogue-starts-fortnite-mentorship-program-1202944523/
  17. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2014/10/07/bill-gross-sued-by-his-sons-business-partner/#62b643197ecd
  18. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlmdkzhAPBX/


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