Ancestry.com Board Member Dave Goldberg Dies in Freak Accident

Dave Goldberg was a high-energy individual with many talents. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard and spending a few years at consulting firm Bain & Company and at Capitol Records, Goldberg struck out on his own in the early 1990s. He founded Launch Media, one of the first companies to venture into streaming music online. He then became chief executive of SurveyMonkey in 2009 and is credited with taking it from a 12-employee company to a 500-employee enterprise valued at $2 billion.

Goldberg later became a member of the Board of Directors of Ancestry.com. “For someone who was involved in so many things, there was never a time that I felt a call or e-mail to Dave was an inconvenience to him,” said Tim Sullivan, chief executive of Ancestry.com. (According to Sullivan, Goldberg was a user long before he joined the company. He liked to explore his family history with his mother, Paula.)

Goldberg also served on the board of The Washington Post Co. before it was sold to Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos.

Goldberg’s bio on the SurveyMonkey’s web site says the CEO: “Has been a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and technology and music industry executive. He has run, and successfully grown, several online consumer businesses.”

Dave Goldberg also was known for his marriage to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and author of the women’s empowerment book “Lean In.”

Dave Goldberg died unexpectedly Friday in Mexico at the age of 47, evidently sustaining severe head injuries after falling off a treadmill while on vacation. Goldberg is survived by his wife and their two children.

Details may be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/technology/dave-goldberg-cause-of-death.html.

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Such terrible news. Thoughts an prayers to the Family

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