Grooveshark Cofounder Josh Greenberg Found Dead at 28

July 20, 2015

7:00 pm

Cofounder and former CTO of Grooveshark, Josh Greenberg, was found dead on Sunday at his home in Gainesville, FL. He was 28-years-old. According to a report from The Gainesville Sun, local Gainesville police found no evidence of foul play, suicide, or drugs in the preliminary investigation.

Greenberg’s death comes a couple of months since the shutdown of the 10-year-old music streaming service he cofounded with Sam Talantino. The two created Grooveshark while both freshmen at the University of Florida. The service was ultimately shut down after reaching a final settlement with record labels that sued the company over numerous copyright violations.

Lori Greenberg, Josh’s mother, told The Gainesville Sun that “her son was more relieved than depressed about the settlement that shut down Grooveshark…since it ended the lawsuit that had been hanging over his head.” Greenberg was reportedly working on another music-related mobile app and had also been working with Duncan Kabinu on launching the Gainesville Dev Academy to offer training in computer programming for those in the community.

Life360 project manager and friend of Greenberg’s, Ben Erez, posted a eulogy earlier today to memorialize Greenberg’s lasting impact:

“I’m sad and shocked but I can’t stopped imagining what Josh would say. Probably something very zen like ‘appreciate me for who I was, mourn my loss, and get back to enjoying life. It’s too short to not.'”

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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