Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead near the apartment tower where she lived.
Radtke's virtual currency exchange company, First Meta, was stunned to hear their CEO had passed.
The company posted the following statement on their website: "The First Meta Team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed."
First Meta allows users of virtual currencies such as bitcoin to trade and cash out the currencies.
The future of bitcoin has been under scrutiny since the collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Tokyo last month. The Tokyo bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection blamed theft through hacking for its losses.
On Facebook last month, Radtke linked to an article titled "The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship," which discussed the depressions of entrepreneurship. She commented above the link: everything has its price.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.