Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, passed away under unknown circumstances on Friday night. The announcement was made by Mr. Dave Goldberg’s brother, as he wrote an emotional post on Facebook, informing the untimely demise of his brother. Mr. Dave Goldberg was the husband to Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. Mr. Goldberg was also a father of two, and the shock and sad aura that has engulfed his family is quite clear.
But the response to Goldberg’s untimely death shook entire Silicon Valley – flood of sorrows through text messages, Facebook updates to Twitter trends.
Robert Goldberg, brother to Mr. Dave Goldberg, has stated in his Facebook post that “It’s with incredible shock and sadness that I’m letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg, beloved husband of Sheryl Sandberg, father of two wonderful children, and son of Paula Goldberg, passed away suddenly last night”.
The man was well known among his acquaintances for being a man of low profile and yet had a lively nature. In fact, some of his counterparts believed that Mr. Goldberg was one of the most appealing individuals that they have worked with.
His wife, Sheryl Sandberg, has also quoted in her book ‘Lean In’ that Dave was one of the primary reasons behind her success. He supported her in all her major career decisions and both had a bond unlike many other executive couples. Sheryl and Dave were married in the year 2004.
Kara Swisher wrote:
The accolades about Dave—no one who knew him called him David and often called him Goldie—were many, describing the man in glowing terms: Kind; humble; smart; modest; funny; wise. I can tell you—and, trust me, I would tell you if it was not the case—those were all much deserved and not nearly enough to explain what an important role Dave played in the ecosystem of Silicon Valley.
Tributes, personal messages have flowed in like anything over the untimely death of Dave. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zukerberg stated that Goldberg was an amazing person, while Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has stated Mr. Goldberg as “Kindest, most generous, loving father, loyal husband, great CEO, & sweetest friend”.
Mr. Dave Goldberg, died at a young age of 47, while he was working as the CEO of SurveyMonkeys, taking it to new heights altogether. The family had not disclosed the exact reason for the untimely death. Dave was director of marketing strategy and new business development at Capitol Records, later involved himself in an online music service called Launch in the mid-1990s.