Tech titan stabbed to death in San Francisco in connection with Android, Cash App

An influential member of the tech industry has died after being horribly stabbed in San Francisco, California.

Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, San Francisco police responded to a call about an attack on Main Street in SoMa, an entertainment and financial district on the east side of the city. When officers arrived, they found a man.suffers from obvious stab wounds.” The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was later identified as tech titan Bob Lee, known on social media as Crazy Bob. He was just 43 years old. According to the SFPD, no suspect has been arrested in the case, which is still under investigation.

During his relatively short life, Lee was closely associated with some of the biggest names in Big Tech. He first established himself at Google, where he helped develop a core library on Android. Lee then got to work square, now known as Block, a mobile digital payment device. In 2013, when he was in his early 30s, Lee founded Cash App, another virtual payment app connected to Block. In 2021, Cash App a gross profit of $1.8 billion.

Josh Goldbard, the CEO of MobileCoin, where Lee was working when he died, issued a statement regarding his death. “Bob was a dynamo, a force of nature. Bob was the real article. He was created for the world that is being born, he was a child of dreams, and whatever he imagined, no matter how crazy, he made real,” the explanation read in part.

Others inside and outside the tech community have expressed their sadness at Lee’s unfortunate death.

“Heartbreaking,” said former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “Bob was instrumental in the Square and Cash App.”

“So sad to hear of @crazybob’s untimely passing. I first met him in the summer of 2006 – he didn’t care that I was only 14 and we were talking tech / geeks about programming…” wrote Dylan Field, CEO of Figma. “It’s so hard to believe he’s gone.”

Others, including Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk, have pointed to local anti-crime policies as the cause of Lee’s early, violent death.

“I’m very sorry to hear that [about Lee,]’ Musk tweeted. “Many people I know have been badly attacked. Violent crimes in SF are appalling, and even when attackers are caught, they are often released immediately. Is the city taking stronger action to lock up repeat offenders @BrookeJenkinsSF?”

“He was in the ‘good’ part of town and appeared to have been the target of a random mugging/assault,” the UFC/MMA fighter wrote Jake ShieldsLee’s friend.

“I don’t know how to fix this, but I know something isn’t working in our gray city,” continued MobileCoin’s Goldbard. “Bob left this world too soon.”

Lee is survived by at least two daughters. It is unclear whether he was married.

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