In memoriam: Dave Goldberg 1967--2015

Taken from his family too soon

Dave Goldberg R.I.P
Credit: Web Summit

So farewell then, Dave Goldberg. CEO of SurveyMonkey, husband to Sheryl Sandberg—the Facebook COO—and father to two children. He died, on vacation, at just 47. The world of technology pauses to take stock.

May he rest in peace.

In IT Blogwatch, we find it puts our troubles into perspective.

Today's blogwatcher is , who curated these reports and memories of Dave.

Adam Lashinsky leads the eulogies:

Friend, dad, husband, brother, Midwesterner, entrepreneur, poker player, mensch, investor, mentor. It is no hyperbole to say Goldberg was one of the most beloved among the truly successful people in Silicon Valley.

Had he not been married to [Sandberg] he would have been known first as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Valley. [But that] never bothered him in the least. He knew exactly who he was.

Words can’t begin to describe how much Dave Goldberg will be missed.  MORE

Patrick May and Richard Scheinin report that Silicon Valley is "reeling" from the news:

A well-known and well-liked valley executive...the 47-year-old Goldberg "passed away suddenly" Friday night, his brother Robert announced.

[He] was a popular and experienced veteran of the valley, founding online music and media outfit Launch Media in 1994. ... Since 2009, he was CEO of SurveyMonkey.

Raised in Minneapolis, the son of a law school professor...he graduated in 1989 from Harvard with a B.A. in history and government. [He] went to work at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, where he reportedly persuaded the company to sell its Beatles catalog on CD. ... In the early '90s, he and a high school buddy founded Launch Media, whose online music site was designed to help people discover new music. ... As CEO of Survey Monkey, Goldberg espoused a kindlier management philosophy than did most valley executives.  MORE

Mark Zuckerberg was both friend and ally:

Dave...was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him. .

I hope friends will join me in celebrating his life.  MORE

Matt Mullenweg:

We’ve lost two incredible souls this week: first Dan Fredinburg in Nepal and now Dave Goldberg. ... Both were unique and incredible individuals

[It's] a good reminder that life can be fleeting and to make time for friends and those who you love, something both of these men were great at.  MORE

Martin Pengelly:

Goldberg married Sandberg, the author of the bestselling book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, in 2004.

Sandberg attributed much of her own success to her marriage to Goldberg, who she said supported her career decisions and shared equally in...raising their young children. [He] was a “true partner,” she wrote.  MORE

Deepa Seetharaman:

Goldberg outspoken ally of his wife’s efforts to promote equal pay and treatment for women.

Friends and colleagues took to his Facebook page soon after to share their condolences, and also paid tribute on Twitter.  MORE

Josh Felser:

Devastated by the passing of the beloved @davegoldberg. Was an Internet pioneer but more importantly the biggest mensch I know.

RIP Goldie.  MORE

Marc Benioff:

My friend @davegoldberg kindest, most generous, loving father, loyal husband, great ceo, & sweetest friend.

May his memory be a blessing.  MORE

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