DA Condemns 'Horrific' Killing of Cash App Founder

Bob Lee was fatally stabbed in San Francisco
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2023 8:25 AM CDT
Updated Apr 5, 2023 4:43 PM CDT

This story has been updated with new developments. San Francisco Mayor London Breed has condemned the killing of a tech luminary who was reportedly stabbed to death in the city early Tuesday. Breed described the death of Bob Lee, founder of Cash App and chief product officer of crypto startup MobileCoin, as a "horrible tragedy." Police said a 43-year-old man was stabbed around 2:30am near Rincon Hill and the Bay Bridge and died of his injuries in a hospital. While they haven't named the victim, sources say it was Lee. NBC Bay Area reports no arrest has been made and police have not commented on suspect details. Police "are actively investigating what happened and will share details as soon as they can," Breed said.

"We do not tolerate these horrific acts of violence in San Francisco," said San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. BuzzFeed reports that the death was confirmed by family members on social media. "I just lost my best friend," wrote father Rick Lee. "Bobby worked harder than anyone and was the smartest person I have ever known. He will be missed by all those that knew him." ABC reports that Lee is survived by wife Krista and their two children.

TechCrunch fills in the rest of his CV, reporting Lee worked at Google during the initial years of Android then decamped for Square (now Block), where he became the company’s first CTO and created Cash App. MobileCoin CEO Joshua Goldbard had this to say to ABC7 News: "Bob was a force of nature. Helped to birth Android and CashApp into our world. Moby [MobileCoin] was his dream: a privacy protecting wallet for the 21st Century. I will miss him every day." (More tech industry stories.)

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