Bob Lee, a technology executive who founded the mobile payment company Cash App, died Tuesday after he was stabbed near downtown San Francisco. The San Francisco Police Department said officers responded to a report of a stabbing around 2:35 a.m. Tuesday on the 300 block of Main Street in the Rincon Hill neighborhood, where they found a 43-year-old man (Lee) with apparent stab wounds. Lee was taken to a San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.
The killing is being investigated by the department’s homicide unit. San Francisco district attorney Brooke Jenkins tweeted: “I want to extend my sincerest condolences to Mr. Lee’s family members & loved ones for his loss. We do not tolerate these horrific acts of violence in San Francisco. At this time no arrests have been made. Anyone w/ information is asked to call @SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444.” Police declined to release more information about the crime because the homicide is an active investigation, referring questions about the victim’s identity to the city medical examiner, who said it had “no information to disclose or further comment at this time.”
Bob Lee was the chief product officer of the cryptocurrency company MobileCoin. He previously served as chief technology officer of financial tech start-up Square (now known as Block), a digital payment company co-founded by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. He also worked at Google early in his career, where he was critical to developing Google’s Android operating system. Lee went on to create the money transfer service Cash App.
Joshua Goldbard, the CEO of MobileCoin, said a statement: “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. Bob was a child of dreams, and whatever he imagined, no matter how crazy, he made real. Bob was made for the new world … Bob’s real resume is the hearts and minds he touched in his time on earth. Bob’s legacy is the feeling that you can make a difference if you try, and of course his amazing children.”
Lee is survived by his wife, Krista, and their two children.
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