Tech community reacts to death of HQ trivia and Vine founder Colin Kroll

Colin Kroll.
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  • HQ trivia and Vine founder Colin Kroll was found dead
    in his Manhattan apartment early Sunday.
  • The tech community is paying its respects online and
    saying goodbye.
  • “I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big
    heart,” Rus Yusupov, who co-founded both HQ and Vine with
    Kroll, tweeted. “He made the world and internet a better place.
    Rest in peace, brother.”

Colin Kroll
was found dead this weekend

He was known principally for cofounding both HQ Trivia and Vine.
Kroll worked across the tech sector, including Twitter and Yahoo,
and tech industry professionals he worked with and influenced
remembered him on Sunday through tweets and statements.

First, there’s the company he cofounded, which he just recently
became CEO of in September. A
statement on HQ’s Twitter

“We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin
Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye. Our
thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this
incredibly difficult time.”

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Rus Yusupov, who co-founded both HQ Trivia and Vine, also put out
statement on Twitter
saying Kroll “made the world and
internet a better place.”

“So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and co-founder
Colin Kroll,” Yusupov said. “My thoughts & prayers go out to
his loved ones. I will forever remember him for his kind soul and
big heart.”

Some who were attached to HQ Trivia also put their sorrow into
words of condolence.

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“Colin was extremely talented, a warm and caring person and I
will miss him,” Cyan Banister, who serves on the board of HQ
Trivia and invested in it through the Founders Fund,
told Recode
. “It’s too painful and too soon to discuss
anything else, but my thoughts are with his family and the rest
of the team.”

Others in the tech community that weren’t directly tied also
lamented publicly.

“Drugs kill people. Everyday,” angel investor and tech CEO
Florian Seroussi said
on Twitter
. “I sound like an old fart but f***, another
beautiful person died. RIP Colin Kroll.”

Even entertainment professionals who got their start on Vinelike
Nicholas Megalis
tweeted how sorry they were
to hear of the news of his death.

“Colin my heart hurts. I’m so sorry, man. God bless you,” he


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