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of Josh Greenberg
April 17, 1987 - July 19, 2015
osh grew up in a small home in north
St. Petersburg with his mom, Lori,
who gave him his dark-brown eyes, his
gangly limbs and his first tastes of wit
and humor. He taught himself about
computers in the bedroom he shared with his
younger brother, Jacob, whom he loved playing
Magic: The Gathering with, and whom he
thought about endlessly.
He made friends easily, particularly with a
group of four other nerds calling themselves
“the Posse,” who bonded over cheap tacos
and late-night games of Halo, becoming
inseparable. At Lakewood High School’s
Center for Advanced Technologies, he became
a budding entrepreneur, selling candy in the
cafeteria and programming websites for small
businesses before he could even vote.
He moved to the University of Florida on
scholarship and, one year out of high school,
co-founded a long-shot music site called
Grooveshark in a dingy office cramped with
cardboard desks. It went on to take over the
planet, helping revolutionize the industry and
reaching tens of millions of eager listeners every
When he was 21, BusinessWeek named him
one of America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs,
and he was listed to Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30
for Music three times between 2012 and 2014.
Yet for all his success, he was inconceivably
humble, more excited about encouraging
others than taking credit himself. He took home
a modest pay, drove a used Honda Civic and
filled his house with thrift-store clothes and
He loved the nature and vibrancy of the
South, and bought his first house last year in
a leafy corner of Gainesville with room for his
handmade decorations and a sprawling, oakshaded backyard. He had become a trailblazer
for the town’s startup movement, serving on
boards for the local chamber of commerce
and United Way and helping pioneer coding
classes, internship programs, job-placement
services, development academies and
technology councils that will inspire the next
generation of young entrepreneurs.
Josh was fiercely curious, an unashamed geek
and voracious learner who liked collecting old
books, exploring new knowledge and talking
philosophy, science fiction and the future. But
he was also staggeringly popular, funny and funloving, excited about life and never too sheepish
to dance at a house party or music fest.
He deeply loved his girlfriend, Abby Mayer,
whom he traveled to Spain with, and he was a
legendary listener: patient, calm and kind. He
was quietly meditative, a vegetarian and animal
lover who doted on his three cats. He was
never spoiled or embittered, even when he had
right to be, and was so full of love it made your
own heart hurt.
In his last weekend, he drove the Blue
Ridge Parkway, hiked through cloud-fogged
mountains and shared his excitement about
finding the next opportunity to “make a real
difference” in people’s lives. His last message
to the Posse was “Love you guys.”
He lived more, loved more and made more
people happy in 28 years than many people do
in a lifetime. We love you so much, Josh, and
are so grateful to have known you.
You will forever be more than missed.
April 17, 1987 - July 19, 2015
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