Bob Lee Dead: According to the cryptocurrency platform and police, Bob Lee, a technology professional who founded Cash App and was presently chief product officer of MobileCoin, was fatally stabbed in San Francisco early on Tuesday.
According to a press release from the San Francisco Police Department, officers responded to a report of a stabbing on Main Street at 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday and discovered a 43-year-old man with what appeared to be stab wounds. At a hospital, the victim passed away.
Although the victim’s identity was not released by the police, MobileCoin verified Lee’s passing on Wednesday in response to an email from The Associated Press.
According to MobileCoin CEO Josh Goldbard, “our dear friend and colleague, Bob Lee, passed away yesterday at the age of 43, survived by a loving family and collection of close friends and collaborators.”
According to Goldbard, Lee was “made for the new world.”
He said, “Bob had an influence that will last well beyond his brief time on earth, from big contributions to Android at Google to become the first CTO of Square, at that time inventing CashApp, and working with us here at Mobilecoin.
Lee joined MobileCoin as an investor and startup advisor, then became a product manager and helped launch the Moby app, Goldbard said. Lee was chief technology officer for digital payments company Square in 2013 when it launched its money transfer app, now known as Cash App.
Prominent venture capitalist Ron Conway, founder of San Francisco-based investment firm SV Angel, tweeted Wednesday that Lee’s loss was a great tragedy.”Sincere condolences to Bob’s family and the entire tech community,” Conway said. “I have fond memories of Bob giving an inspirational speech at our CEO Summit.
We have lost a great innovator, intelligence, and spirit. Praying, the suspect is quickly arrested.”The police statement did not contain any information on the circumstances of the attack.
“This is an open and active investigation. As a result, we are not releasing any further information,” Public Information Officer Niccole Cchetti said in an email.”We will announce further details as they become available.”