The entrepreneur was a much-loved mentor figure in Gainesville’s startup community
Josh Greenberg, the 28-year-old co-founder and CTO of Grooveshark, was found dead over the weekend in his home in Gainesville, Florida.
Police say there was no evidence of suicide or foul play.
He was found by his live-in girlfriend Abby Mayer. His mother Lori Greenberg told reporters that she had never known him to be sick and that the autopsy found no plausible cause of death. Results of toxicology tests will take two to three months.
Grooveshark was shut down April 30 after the music streaming service was found guilty of copyright infringement by a United States District Court. The music streaming service relied on user uploads for its music offerings. According to the plaintiffs, Grooveshark not only allowed copyright infringing content on its site but also ordered employees to upload infringing content.
But Greenberg’s mother told the Gainesville Sun that her son was not depressed about the ruling and his company’s subsequent shutdown.
“He was excited about potential new things that he was going to start,” she said.
Friends and admirers took to social media to express their sorrow and admiration for the young entrepreneur, who founded Grooveshark as a 19-year-old college student and became a mentor in Gainesville, Florida’s startup community. Here are a few tributes:
— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 21, 2015
— Marissa Paragano (@MarissaParagano) July 20, 2015
RIP @joshgreenberg. You certainly helped put Gainesville on the map through everything you did for our community.
— Mat Houchens (@NuckFuggets) July 20, 2015
So saddened to hear about Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg passing away. Entrepreneurship can be so lonely and has so many ups & downs
— Nemoy Rau (@NRaush) July 20, 2015
— Pingwheel (@pingwheel) July 20, 2015
— Kristin Harris (@KristinHarris) July 20, 2015
I still miss Grooveshark.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) July 20, 2015