The tech industry was left in shock after the news of Bob Lee’s tragic death. Lee, who was the creator of the popular mobile payment service Cash App, was stabbed to death in San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood on Tuesday morning.
Lee was walking in the “good” part of the city when he was attacked in what appeared to be a random mugging or attack, according to his friend and mixed martial arts champion Jake Shields.
Lee was a prominent figure in the Bay Area software development community and had recently moved to Miami. He served as the chief technology officer of Square, the company that later became Block, and was the first chief technology officer at MobileCoin, where he served as the chief product officer.
Lee was described as a generous and decent human being who had a passion for using technology to solve real-world problems. He helped to birth Android and CashApp into the world and was the driving force behind MobileCoin’s privacy-protecting wallet for the 21st century.
Elon Musk and other tech leaders expressed their sadness and anger over Lee’s death, with Musk slamming San Francisco for its ongoing spree of violent crime. Musk also questioned whether the city was taking stronger action to incarcerate repeat offenders.
Lee’s death is a tragic loss for the tech community, and he will be deeply missed by his colleagues, friends, and family.
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