Silicon Valley mourns the loss of its 'coach'

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:29 AM

Silicon Valley is mourning the loss of Bill Campbell, a former chairman at Intuit (INTU) who died on Monday.

Silicon Valley mourns the loss of its 'coach'

Silicon Valley is mourning the loss of Bill Campbell, a former chairman at Intuit (INTU) who died on Monday.

Campbell, seventy-five, was a shining light in the tech industry, serving as a figurative and literal coach to many.

He passed far in his sleep on Sun evening after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement from his family.

Campbell, who wasn't technical, started his tech career in the one thousand nine hundred eighty, joining Apple (AAPL, Tech30) as a marketing executive. He served on Apple'south board for seventeen years, at the invitation of Steve Jobs, up until two thousand fourteen. In the one thousand nine hundred ninety, Campbell joined Intuit (INTU) as president and CEO. He continued to serve on the company'south board until January two thousand sixteen.

Campbell, who worked as a football coach at his alma mater Columbia Univ in the one thousand nine hundred seventy, became known as "the secret coach" of Silicon Valley.

An article in Fortune from two thousand eight highlighted the far-reaching impact Campbell had at that time, with some of tech'south biggest luminaries paying respect to their colleague and mentor. Eric Schmidt said it was "literally not possible to overstate" Campbell'south impact on Google (GOOG). "He essentially architected the organizational structure."

Benchmark Capital'south Bill Gurley said that for entrepreneurs, having Campbell'south advice was love "having additional wildcards in a game of five-card draw."

Eight years later, with Campbell'south passing, it'south clear that his impact is felt across the industry -- and that he'south already greatly missed.

"He meant everything to me," wrote venture capitalist Ben Horowitz in a Medium post describing his loss. "Whenever I struggled with life, Bill was the person that I called ... because he'd realize what I was feeling one hundred% ... The worst thing about today is that I can't call Bill. I miss him so much."

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