The creator of the popular Cash App was stabbed to death in the early morning on Tuesday in San Francisco, California.
Bob Lee, most recently MobileCoin’s Chief Product Officer, was not identified by name in the San Francisco Police Department’s brief statement on the violent crime. In the initial alert about the homicide, the victim was described only as a 43-year-old man.
“On April 4, 2023, at approximately 2:35 a.m., San Francisco Police officers from Southern Station responded to the 300 block of Main Street for a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and located a 43-year-old adult male victim suffering from apparent stab wounds,” police said. “Officers rendered aid and summoned medics to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Despite efforts by first responders and medical personnel, the victim succumbed to his injuries.”
But sources reportedly in the know have since confirmed that Lee was the stabbing victim, and those who knew and worked with the tech exec are mourning his loss. Lee had reportedly returned to San Francisco from Miami for a “quick visit.”
Hearbreaking. Bob Lee @crazybob, CPO @mobilecoin & former CTO @Square, was tragically stabbed and killed in SF in SOMA last night around 2am. He had just moved to Miami and was only visiting for a day.
— Paul Bohm (@paulbohm) April 5, 2023
Abra CEO Bill Barhydt called Lee’s death “devastating.”
“Bob was a dad, the former CTO of Square where he created Cash App & CTO of Mobile Coin,” Barhydt said. “He was a generous decent human being who didn’t deserve to be killed.”
MobileCoin founder Joshua Goldbard eulogized Lee in a thread, calling his friend “so much more than a technologist.”
“Bob was an artist,” Goldbard wrote. “Everywhere he went Bob breathed love into this world. He had so much deep heartfelt love.”
4/ Bob’s energy was infectious. He made friends everywhere he went.
One of the things that made him truly special was his capacity to dream big and to summon those big crazy dreams into our world.
Bob summoned the future into the present. pic.twitter.com/6FaGPKjxyH
— Joshua Goldbard (@ThePBXGuy) April 5, 2023
“I will never forget Bob. There will never be anyone quite like him. As a lifelong Bay Area resident I have more questions than answers tonight,” he added. “I don’t know how to fix what’s wrong, but I know something isn’t working in our grey city. Bob left this world too soon.”
San Francisco police have neither made an arrest in the case nor revealed any more information about the homicide. Police encouraged anyone who may have critical information about the case to dial 415-575-4444 or text “SFPD” and a message to TIP411.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk reacted to one post on Lee’s stabbing death by saying “horrific” violent crime has affected “many” people he knows in San Francisco.
Very sorry to hear that. Many people I know have been severely assaulted.
Violent crime in SF is horrific and even if attackers are caught, they are often released immediately.
Is the city taking stronger action to incarcerate repeat violent offenders @BrookeJenkinsSF?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2023
Bob Lee’s LinkedIn described the late executive as a “[s]tartup advisor and angel investor.”
“Former CTO of Square. Created Cash App. Created Guice. Added several features to the Java programming language and platform (like lambdas),” Lee said, listing career accomplishments. “Led the core library development for the first few years of Android. Investor in SpaceX, Clubhouse, Tile, Figma, Faire, Orchid, Addressable, Nana, Ticket Fairy, Gowalla, Asha, SiPhox, Netswitch, Found, et al.”
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