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Who Was Beau Mann? The Tech Founder Whose Remains Were Found in Santa Monica

The Sober Grid App, Founded By Mann, Is A Social Media-Style Platform Launched In 2015 That Provides People Recovering From Addiction.

By Zach Armstrong

After missing since 2021, the skeleton remains of Beau Mann were discovered in Santa Monica on an abandoned property leading to international speculation as to what occurred on the night of his death.

Many reports have indicated that Mann could have been under the influence of drugs on that night and died in the home of a drug addict. A tragic death for a man who became a startup founder to help people in addiction recovery. 

The Sober Grid app, founded by Mann, is a social media-style platform launched in 2015 that provides people recovering from addiction with peer support coaching, an online community and other resources. It is designed to decrease relapses and improve treatment outcomes.

“Beau was our light. After an experience in his early years with drugs and addiction, he turned his focus and passion towards helping others,” the company said in a statement. “In 2015, he created the first digital app to house a 24/7, online, worldwide community for people in recovery. As you know, Sober Grid, with your help, has saved thousands of lives and no doubt, will save thousands more.”

Through the years, the app received positive reviews from news outlets including The New York Times, Fox News, Inc., The Huffington Post, Dr Drew and Entrepreneur.

The New York Times reported of Mann and his company: “Beau Mann, the chief executive and a founder of a new app called Sober Grid, says that for some users, joining this social network could be a matter of life and death. ‘It sounds somewhat dramatic, but it’s realistic,’ Mr. Mann said. ‘Some people, their life is dependent on their sobriety. So that need to connect is how people get and maintain sobriety.’”

Mann was last seen at a convenience store in the 11000 block of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. He got into an Uber outside a convenience store close to the metro L.A. offices of Sober Grid. He texted 911 from inside the car and was dropped off in Santa Monica.

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