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Creator of CashApp Stabbed to Death

The creator of the mobile payment app, CashApp, Bob Lee has passed away, allegedly due to stab wounds in San Francisco on April 4th. According to local San Francisco police, officers were summoned to a stabbing incident around 2:30 in the morning in the city’s downtown area. On arrival, officers found a 43-year-old man with stab wounds. Unfortunately, this man passed from his injuries after being taken to a hospital. Despite officers not naming the victim, multiple reports have identified the man as Lee. According to the local police, no arrests have been made for the murder and they are currently in the middle of an active investigation into this case. 


Soon after reports of the passing of Lee, support began to flood in for both the family and friends of Lee. Rick Lee, Bob Lee’s father wrote in a Facebook post that his son had “lost his life on a street in San Franciso.” In the post, his father also wrote “Bob would give you the shirt off his back. He would never look down on anyone and adhered to a strict no-judgment philosophy.”


Similarly, MobileCoin’s founder and chief executive Joshua Goldbard wrote “This may sound impressive, but Bob’s real resume is the hearts and minds he touched in his time on earth.” At the time of Lee’s passing, he was presently the chief product officer as of 2021 and he worked on popular products within Silicon Valley.


The CashApp creator started his career first by working within Google in 2004, where he was a staff software engineer and eventually started working to develop the Android phone operating system. Later in time in 2010, Lee became the first chief technology officer at Square (now known as Block) which is when he began to create the now widely used CashApp app. With the app installed in one’s phone, the user would be able to send money to others with the app via their mobile phones in the U.S. and the U.K.


Bob Lee’s motivation for creating the app came from the need to be able to easily transfer money to others as well as the difficulty he had with withdrawing funds from his PayPal account. He also believed that there would soon be a market for peer-to-peer payments. Lee is survived by his children his family.

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