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Beau Mann biography: 13 things about Sober Grid founder born in Post, Texas


Beau Mann was a sober living advocate from California, United States. He suffered from substance abuse issues when he was younger so he wanted to create a support system for people to stay clean and sober.

Mann was an art dealer before he founded Sober Grid, a digital health company based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA providing mental health addiction care. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Post, Garza County, Texas.
  2. When he was young, his parents separated. Growing up, he traveled between his father’s house in Texas and his mother’s house in Massachusetts.
  3. In 2006, he entered recovery for alcohol and stimulants and found it very helpful to stay connected to other sober people to help fight his addiction.
  4. In 2011, his sobriety started. That year, he got the idea for Sober Grid while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA. In June 2018, Sober Grid purchased Ascent, an evidence-based peer recovery coaching service in Ohio, USA.
  5. In 2015, he created Sober Grid, the first digital app to house a 24/7, online, worldwide community for people in recovery. 
  6. In 2017, he met Jason Abate of Michigan, USA after they matched on a dating site while Abate was visiting San Antonio, Texas, USA for a wedding and he was in Austin, Texas. Abate moved to Texas in 2016 but later moved back to Michigan. They started a romantic relationship while he was based in California and Abate was based in Michigan.
  7. In 2019, he moved to Los Angeles, California for work.
  8. On November 25, 2021, he went back to Texas to visit his family for Thanksgiving. From there, he flew back to Los Angeles.
  9. On November 28, 2021, he contacted his family through phone. On the evening of November 29, 2021, he spoke to Abate on the phone and told his fiancé his car was not starting. They were supposed to get married in June 2022 with plans to adopt children.
  10. At around 2:05 p.m. on November 30, 2021, an Uber dropped him off at a 7-Eleven on Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles. He purchased some ice from the convenience store. At 2:15 p.m., his phone sent a 911 text through the Uber emergency app before his phone was turned off. Uber records show he was dropped off at 2:35 p.m. at Berkeley Street in Santa Monica, California.
  11. On December 17, 2021, the missing persons’ unit of the Los Angeles Police Department officially received a notice that he was missing. He was 39.
  12. On April 25, 2023, the Santa Monica Police Department received information that human remains were found in the courtyard of an abandoned property on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. On May 6, 2023,  the Los Angeles County coroner positively identified the remains as his through dental records.
  13. On May 8, 2023, the Santa Monica Police Department announced that he has been found dead.

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