- Date of Birth:
- January 1, 1987
Josh Greenberg (born 1987 in Tampa, Florida) was an entrepreneur who co-founded the music streaming service Grooveshark when he was a 19-year old college freshman. While attending the University of Florida, Josh and his classmates created Grooveshark in 2006. Highly successful, Grooveshark had up to 40 million monthly users and 145 employees. It was housed in the second floor of the Union Street Station in downtown Gainesville, Florida. Josh was considered a mentor to budding entrepreneurs and computer programmers, teaching Grooveshark University classes to interested programmers. He founded the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Gainesville Technology Council. Legal woes over copyright infringement plagued Grooveshark, resulting in a May 1, 2015 decision that ordered the site to shut down and to pay $50 million to copyright holders. Josh was reportedly working on another music-related mobile application by the time of his death on July 19, 2015. Josh was found dead in his Gainesville home. The Gainesville police reported that there was no evidence of suicide or foul play in his death.
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Josh Greenberg was best known as the co-founder of the streaming music service, Grooveshark, and one of the early successes of the early 2000’s tech boom.
Josh is survived by his mother, his younger brother, Jacob, and his grandparents. He was regarded as an animal lover, who had three cats, and was vegetarian for ethical reasons.