(In Memoriam, 1967-2015)
Dave Goldberg served as a NewSchools Board Member from 2012 until his unexpected death in May 2015. Dave was a legend in Silicon Valley, both for his business success and his terrific attitude. He was a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and technology and music industry executive. He ran, and successfully grew, several online consumer businesses. At the time of his death, Dave was the CEO of SurveyMonkey. We will miss Dave’s generosity, passion, great ideas and support.
Dave founded LAUNCH Media Inc. in 1994, which delivered music and music-related content online, and he led the company through its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2001. Following the sale, Dave served as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Music, where he led the company’s global music operations and built it into the Internet’s most-visited music destination. In 2006, Dave was named one of Billboard Magazine’s top power players in digital music. From 2007 until he joined SurveyMonkey in 2009, Dave served as an Entrepreneur in Residence with Benchmark Capital where he evaluated investment opportunities for the firm and advised portfolio companies. Earlier in his career, Dave was Director of Marketing Strategy and New Business Development at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Dave also served on the Board of Directors at FilmTrack, Graham Holdings Co. (formerly The Washington Post Co.) and the non-profit New Schools Venture Fund. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government.