Why Dave Goldberg Was Not 'Mr. Sheryl Sandberg'

Many might wonder if Dave Goldberg felt like he lived in the shadow of his prominent wife, Facebook executive and “Lean In” founder Sheryl Sandberg, but those who knew the SurveyMonkey CEO have a simple answer to that big question: He didn’t.

Sheryl Sandberg's Husband, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, Died of Head Trauma in Exercise Accident

Dave Goldberg, the successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO of SurveyMonkey, died unexpectedly Friday night, his brother confirmed in a Facebook post. He was 47.

“In this time of sorrow, we mourn his passing and remember what an amazing husband, father, brother, son and friend he was. No words can express the depth of loss we feel, but we want his children to learn how much he meant to all of you,” Robert Goldberg wrote in part.

Lean In Together: Beyoncé, Hugh Jackman and More Join Sheryl Sandberg's Gender Equality Movement

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Was Originally Booked on Flight that Crashed

But for frequent flyer miles, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg would have been on Asiana Flight 214.

“Taking a minute to be thankful,” the company’s chief operating officer posted on Facebook on Saturday after the Boeing 777 out of Seoul crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport.

Sandberg, who had been in South Korea for Facebook business and to promote her book Lean In, explained that she and colleagues originally had planned to take the Asiana flight.

What We're Reading: Does This Buzzy New Diet Work?

When a book’s getting tons of buzz, we like to see what all the fuss is about.

This week’s staff picks include hugely praised short stories, a controversial look at women and work, and a British diet phenom just hitting our shores. Add your comments below – and let us know what you’re reading!

Lesley Messer, Staff Writer
Her pick: Tenth of December by George Saunders