On Friday night, May 1, 47-year-old husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and chief executive of SurveyMonkey, Dave Goldberg died suddenly.
Raised in Minneapolis, Goldberg was a repeatedly successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Though the cause has not been released, his death was confirmed by the Web-based survey technology company SurveyMonkey.
In a Facebook post by Robert Goldberg, he announced the tragic news of his brother’s death, and requested that friends and family contribute pictures and memories to Goldberg’s memorial Facebook profile.
Goldberg resided in Menlo Park, California with his wife, the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, and their two children, ages 4 and 6. His mother Paula Goldberg is executive director of Pacer Center in the Twin Cities, which provides services to children with disabilities.
A statement by SurveyMonkey said, “Dave’s genius, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his compassion, friendship and heart. Our sympathy goes out to [the family] and to all who were touched by this extraordinary man. We are all heartbroken.”
In 1985 Goldberg graduated from the Blake School in Hopkins. His brother and he received Outstanding Alumni award in 2014. He majored in government and history, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University.
Goldberg was always quick with a joke, and had a great sense of humor about being the lesser half of the power couple of Silicon Valley. He helped his wife succeed in her career from home; Sandberg became internationally famous for her book “Lean In,” which is about the challenges women face in the workplace.
In 2013, Goldberg told the Los Angeles Times, “We made the decision on this particular thing, that we are going to be home with our kids. I am at home with my kids from 6 to 8. We’re working at night. You’ll get plenty of emails from me post-8 p.m. when my kids go to bed.”
Goldberg’s sudden departing, has touch the hearts of many across the technology industries, and they have expressed their condolences on social media.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him. MY thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family.”