Paypal – Tony Hsieh, former Zappos CEO and ‘super visionary,’ dies at 46
Tony Hsieh, the previous CEO of Zappos, died peacefully and surrounded by household on Friday, in response to a press release emailed to CNN by Megan Fazio, a spokesperson for DTP Firms, a Las Vegas-based enterprise for which Hsieh served because the visionary.
Hsieh, 46, died from accidents sustained in a home fireplace that occurred in Connecticut whereas he was visiting household, in response to Fazio.
“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everybody round him, and endlessly brightened the world,” mentioned a press release from his household that was shared with CNN by Fazio.
His mantra: delivering happiness, his household says.
“As a substitute of mourning his transition, we ask you to affix us in celebrating his life,” their assertion added.
Hsieh was well-known for his management of on-line shoe and clothes retailer Zappos. He had just lately retired after spending 20 years with the corporate, Zappos CEO Kedar Deshpande wrote in a press release Friday.
“The world has misplaced an amazing visionary and an unimaginable human being,” Deshpande wrote. “We acknowledge that not solely have we misplaced our inspiring former chief, however a lot of you’ve additionally misplaced a mentor and a buddy.”
Hsieh additionally performed a “pivotal function in serving to remodel Downtown Las Vegas,” Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak wrote on Twitter.
“Kathy and I ship our love and condolences to Tony’s household and mates throughout this troublesome time,” he wrote.
Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear mentioned he was “saddened” to listen to the information.
“Such a artistic & modern one who positively helped change the panorama of Downtown Las Vegas,” he mentioned on Twitter. “Now we have been engaged on some cool initiatives for Downtown. God velocity to his household, coworkers and our group.”
Extra tributes for Hsieh poured in on social media early Saturday — many from different enterprise leaders and entrepreneurs.
“Tony Hsieh was at all times beneficiant with me,” Dan price, the pinnacle of Seattle-based Gravity Funds, said. “He would discuss to me about something and it was at all times a superb time. RIP Tony.”
He was a “really unique thinker, an excellent entrepreneur, and a kind-hearted and beneficiant buddy to so many,” wrote Max Levchin, co-founder and former chief know-how officer of PayPal.
“He questioned each assumption and shared all the pieces he realized alongside the best way,” mentioned Chris Sacca, a billionaire tech investor, on Twitter. “The earth has misplaced a fantastically bizarre and useful individual.”
And in a tweet, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak despatched condolences to Hsien’s household and mates, and mentioned, “Tony Hsieh performed a pivotal function in serving to remodel Downtown Las Vegas.”