Entrepreneur Josh Greenberg, co-founder of now-defunct music streaming service Grooveshark has been found dead in his Florida home at the age of 28. Josh was discovered by his girlfriend on the evening of Sunday July 19 at their home in Gainsville. Police said there was no evidence of foul play, drugs, or suicide.
Josh founded Grooveshark in 2006 with two classmates at the University of Florida, and at its height, the company employed 145 people and claimed 30 million monthly users. Despite the success, years of legal threats from several labels saw the service close in April after a court ruled the site’s owners could be liable for $736 million in damages due to copyright infringement. In closing the site, the company admitted “serious mistakes” adding that “we failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.” They offered an apology “without reservation.”
Despite the issues surrounding Grooveshark, Greenberg had various other projects on the go, including Grooveshark University, a training initiative for budding programmers, and Maidsuite, a scheduling app for cleaning companies. Josh’s mother Lori told local paper The Gainesville Sun that her son was “excited about potential new things that he was going to start.” Josh’s death is the second tragedy to strike the Grooveshark name, after former company executive Eddy Vasquez was murdered outside a St. Petersburg, Florida supermarket in 2013.