Josh Greenberg, a co-founder of Grooveshark, a music streaming service, was found dead in his home in Gainesville, Florida Sunday. He was 28.
According to Greenberg’s mother (via the Gainesivlle Sun), police said there is no evidence of foul play, injury or drugs involved.
On May 1, Grooveshark was shut down due to a lawsuit put together by some of music’s largest labels, like Universal, Sony and Warner Bros. According to his mother, Greenberg was “excited about potential new things that he was going to start.”
I’m going on my third year living in Gainesville, and Grooveshark has always been one of the town’s biggest success stories outside of the University of Florida. A week before I graduated, I went to Grooveshark’s offices, which are less than 10 minutes from my house, to interview for an internship, and I felt really good about it. Everyone in the office was friendly, and the office seemed like a great place to work. I never met Mr. Greenberg, but the environment he created was a place I wanted to learn more about, doing what I love: talking about music. A week later, the office no longer existed and the site was no longer on the Internet.
It shocked me, and I didn’t even work there. I could only imagine the stress it put on the people who founded the company.
Stay tuned for more details.
Rest in peace, Mr. Greenberg.