David Goldberg

  • Born: October 2, 1967
  • Died: May 1, 2015
  • Location: San Francisco, California

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Posted on Sheryl Sandberg's Facebook Page on March 5, 2015 - Celebrating men who lean in for equality. The man I most want to celebrate is my husband Dave Goldberg. I met Dave over 15 years ago and we immediately became the best of friends. He was the first person to show me the internet, the kind of friend who shows up to help you move apartments (read: bad pre-Dave breakup), and always made me feel like I was home no matter where I was. Years later, we dated, married, and now we have two amazing children. He is a 50/50 partner at home and a dedicated father (although not sure my kids needed to learn poker at ages 4 and 6). He enables my career; insisting that I join Facebook when our daughter was just 6 months old and doing more than his share at home as I ramped up in my new job. I wrote in Lean In that the most important decision a woman makes is if she has a life partner and who that life partner will be. The best decision I ever made was to marry Dave.

Tech exec married to 'Lean In' author dies

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and BARBARA ORTUTAY, The Associated Press

David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's husband, was exercising at a gym in a Mexican resort when he collapsed before he died Friday, a person close to the family said.

The person wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Efforts to revive Goldberg, who was vacationing with family and friends, were unsuccessful.

The family is planning a service in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. It is by invitation only and closed to the press.

Goldberg died of severe head trauma in an accident while exercising at a resort in the Mexican town of Punta Mita, a Mexican state official said Monday. He was found lying next to a treadmill Friday at the resort, which is near Puerto Vallarta.

The popular Silicon Valley executive, whose company runs an online service for people who want to conduct questionnaires and polls, died Friday night at age 47. His company and family members confirmed his death Saturday but they did not give a cause of death, leading to widespread speculation.

Goldberg left his room at about 4 p.m. to exercise, and family members went to look for him after he didn't return, the Mexican official said. He was found at about 6:30 p.m. in one of the resort's gymnasiums lying by a treadmill in a pool of blood, with a blow to the lower back of his head.

He apparently had slipped on the treadmill and hit the machine, said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Goldberg still had vital signs when he was discovered, but later died at a hospital in Nuevo Vallarta, the official said. The cause of death was severe head trauma and bleeding, the official said.

The official said the family had checked in Thursday to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, an exclusive resort where rooms start at $500 a night and villas go for up to $5,000 a night.

The Four Seasons, however, issued a statement saying the incident did not happen on any of its properties and that David Goldberg was not registered as a guest in any of the resort's rooms, villas or residences.

But Nayarit state officials said it was the location and that the family had checked in Thursday.

In an interview last month, Goldberg told the news site Business Insider of maxing out his credit cards in the early 1990s to fund one of his first Internet ventures, a music site, before going on to work at other tech companies, including Yahoo.

In 2004, Goldberg married Sandberg, another longtime tech executive who now serves as chief operating officer of Facebook Inc.

Sandberg launched an international conversation about the dearth of women in positions of power with her 2011 book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead." In it, Sandberg wrote of the adjustments she and her husband had to make to manage two high-profile careers while raising two children.

On Monday, the Walt Disney Co. moved up its earnings release to Tuesday morning to allow executives to attend Goldberg's funeral. Sandberg is a member of Disney's board of directors. The earnings report was originally scheduled for the afternoon following the stock market close.

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Ortutay reported from New York and Castillo reported from Mexico City.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Hold tight to your memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about. PJ Maman, DC

Posted by PJ Maman - Washington, DC - Sympathy   May 06, 2015

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Sheryl, I am so very very sad to have heard about David's accident.
I am keeping you in my prayers and thoughts...

Posted by Karen Imperial - Palo Alto, CA - Friend   May 06, 2015

Deepest condolences to the Sandberg family and friends (Eccl. 9:11, 2 Cor. 1:3-4)

Posted by NM - USA   May 05, 2015


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Posted on Sheryl Sandberg's Facebook Page on March 5, 2015 - Celebrating men who lean in for equality. The man I most want to celebrate is my husband Dave Goldberg. I met Dave over 15 years ago and we immediately became the best of friends. He was the first person to show me the internet, the kind of friend who shows up to help you move apartments (read: bad pre-Dave breakup), and always made me feel like I was home no matter where I was. Years later, we dated, married, and now we have two amazing children. He is a 50/50 partner at home and a dedicated father (although not sure my kids needed to learn poker at ages 4 and 6). He enables my career; insisting that I join Facebook when our daughter was just 6 months old and doing more than his share at home as I ramped up in my new job. I wrote in Lean In that the most important decision a woman makes is if she has a life partner and who that life partner will be. The best decision I ever made was to marry Dave.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and her husband David Goldberg walk to the morning session at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, left, and Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey, arrive at the Sun Valley Inn for the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in Sun Valley, Idaho (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Sheryl Sandberg and her husband, David Goldberg, describe Sheryl's secret business meetings with Mark Zuckerberg in a "60 Minutes" segment from 2013. (CBS)