19 April, 2016, USA: A heart-breaking news which has turned the technology and startup sector upside down is that Bill Campbell has died at the age of 75. The legendary mentor to some of Silicon Valley’s most important entrepreneurs and executives including Steve Jobs and Larry Page, was suffering from cancer.
Mr. Campbell, who served as president, chief executive and chairman of financial software maker Intuit Inc., became far better known for advising tech leaders. That activity earned him the nickname, ‘The Coach,’ reports The Wall Street Journal.
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet, has shared his condolences, “Mr. Campbell had an uncanny ability to pick leaders for jobs at the company. He helped in composing the company’s board of directors, as well as build the company’s culture. His guidance extended beyond the corner office and the boardroom.”
Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder & Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, wrote in a blog, “Last night my friend Bill Campbell passed away. He meant everything to me and I am having trouble even beginning to say something. Today people will recount his many massive accomplishments as well as his unparalleled influence on the development of the greatest leaders in the technology industry such as Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, and Steve Jobs. They will speak about the unlimited energy he applied in helping others — from the poor kids in hometown of Homestead, Pennsylvania to the students at Columbia University. And all of it will be so well deserved. But I don’t feel like talking about any of that.”