The founder of Cash App passes away in San Francisco

Bob Lee, the former chief technology officer of Square and creator of Cash App, was fatally stabbed in the early hours of Tuesday, April 4 in San Francisco.

Bill Barhydt, the CEO of the cryptocurrency wallet company Abra, tweeted on April 5 that Bob Lee “was killed in San Francisco early today,” linking to a report from a local news source that did not identify Lee but reported on his death.

Additionally, Jack Dorsey verified Lee’s passing on the decentralized social media platform Nostr. A notice issued by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) on April 4 stated that officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 2:35 a.m. local time, where they discovered a “43-year-old adult male victim suffering from apparent stab wounds”.

Former UFC fighter Jake Shields tweeted on April 5 about the murder of a “good friend” in one of San Francisco’s “good” neighborhoods. Later, he disclosed that it was Lee, expressing his optimism that it would “at least bring attention to these issues” given his “extremely high profile.”

Lee’s murder is being actively investigated as a homicide, according to the SFPD. Those with information are encouraged to contact the department anonymously, as no arrests have been made.

Lee was the chief product officer of MobileCoin, the company that created the same-named cryptocurrency with a focus on privacy.

As the first chief technology officer of the Dorsey-founded payments platform Square, later renamed Block, and the creator of the popular mobile payment service Cash App, he rose to prominence in the tech industry.

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