Bob Lee, the founder of Cash App, has died after being stabbed in his apartment in San Francisco. The police found the tech executive with life-threatening injuries after responding to a report of a stabbing on Tuesday.
He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to the injuries later. He was 43. Lee was the former chief technology officer of Square. While working in the company, he created the mobile payment app Cash App, a rival to Venmo.
Cash App Founder Bob Lee Stabbed to Death in San Francisco
Lee was currently working as the chief product officer at MobileCoin. The CEO of the company, Josh Goldbard, confirmed the news of his death with a statement on Wednesday: “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.”
“Bob was a dynamo, a force of nature. Bob was the genuine article. He was made for the world that is being born right now, he was a child of dreams, and whatever he imagined, no matter how crazy, he made real. We will miss you, Bob. We love you,” he added. The San Francisco Police Department revealed that the officers responded to a call of stabbing at 2:35 am on Tuesday and found ‘a 43-year-old adult male victim suffering from apparent stab wounds.’
The police added, “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.” Investigation into the case is currently going on, and no arrests have been made so far.
Lee Started his Career in 1997
Bob Lee began his career as a web developer in 1997. In 2010, he joined Square as its first chief technology officer. The company was founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Lee then launched Cash App in 2013. In 2021, he joined cryptocurrency and digital payments startup MobileCoin as its chief product officer.
The tech executive was also an investor in Elon Musk’s SpaceX and several other ventures, including the social audio app Clubhouse. He also created an app for the World Health Organization to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and also developed an at-home Covid testing company.
Silicon Valley Mourns the Tech Executive’s Death
A number of people from the tech world have mourned Lee’s death on social media. Figma CEO Dylan Field tweeted, “So sad to hear of @crazybob’s untimely passing. I first met him in summer 2006 — he didn’t care that I was only 14 and we talked tech / geeked out about programming. We remained connected over the years and he was an early supporter of Figma. It’s so hard to believe he is gone.”
TechCrunch founder wrote, “I’ve been friends with @crazybob for 15 years. He was one of the best humans I’ve ever met. I’m so glad we were able to spend time together recently. RIP. I hate what San Francisco has become.” Jack Dorsey also posted on Nostr: “Heartbreaking. Bob was instrumental to Square and Cash App.”
May Bob Lee’s soul rest in peace! Stay tuned for more news and updates.