Entrepreneurs turned to Twitter on Sunday to mourn the death of Colin Kroll, co-founder of the gaming app HQ Trivia and Vine, who was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.
Police found the 34-year-old entrepreneur along with what appeared to be cocaine and heroine in his New York City apartment early Sunday, The New York Times reports. Kroll had taken over the CEO role at HQ Trivia in September, succeeding co-founder Rus Yusupov. He was previously the company's chief technology officer. Kroll also worked at Twitter as a general manager for roughly 18 months after the company acquired his six-second video app Vine in 2012. He was ultimately fired for "poor management," Recode reported last year. Twitter shuttered Vine in 2017. Kroll's official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner's office.
HQ Trivia held a memorial Sunday night. Here is what Yusupov and others had to say
So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and co-founder Colin Kroll. My thoughts & prayers go out to his loved ones. I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart. He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother.-; Rus (@rus) December 16, 2018
Scott Rogowsky, one of the HQ Trivia's most popular hosts, expressed his gratitude.
Colin Kroll was a true visionary who changed the app game twice, and with HQ he changed my life. He poured his heart and soul into his work and was incredibly proud of what his team accomplished. I will forever be grateful for his friendship, his leadership, and his belief in me.-; Scott Rogowsky (@ScottRogowsky) December 17, 2018
Other entrepreneurs called attention to the startup ecosystem, including Backstage Capital's Arlan Hamilton and Alex Mather, founder of sports startup The Athletic.
This is so sad and avoidable. Out of respect to his friends, family, coworkers and investors, I won't speculate beyond what the article says. I do know that our ecosystem has a responsibility to each other, & we should discuss that at the appropriate time. https://t.co/hFqcn7nlnt-; Arlan (@ArlanWasHere) December 16, 2018
Being a founder is insanely hard. Even when you're doing well, you have many! things on fire in your company: you have competitors at your heels, you have projects and employees that are failing, your numbers are soft this week...-; Alex Mather (@alex3780) December 16, 2018