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Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was remembered as a 'gentle soul' by his colleagues and acquaintances

Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was remembered as a 'gentle soul' by his colleagues and acquaintances

Tony Hsieh.
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Colleagues of Tony Hsieh have paid tribute to the popular entrepreneur, who has died aged 46.




Former Zappos executive Alfred Lin remembered Hsieh as a "gentle soul," and said: "We'll remember Tony for that and the happiness he brought to so many people."




The pair first worked together when they cofounded LinkExchange, which they sold to Microsoft for $265 million.




Other colleagues and acquaintances who shared memories of Hsieh included Wall Street analyst Colin Sebastian and podcast host Gary Vaynerchuk.




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Colleagues of Tony Hsieh, who died on Friday aged 46, said the Zappos entrepreneur will be remembered as a "gentle soul" who brought happiness to so many people. Sequoia partner Alfred Lin, who once served as COO, CFO, and chairman of Zappos, recognized him as a kindred spirit during their student days. The pair soon teamed up to cofound LinkExchange, which they sold to Microsoft for $265 million within 18 months.Writing on Twitter today, Lin said: "Today is a sad day! The world lost a pioneer of a company culture, the shoe industry, Downtown LV, web advertising, and also a gentle soul who gave a part of himself to countless people."Hsieh was described as a visionary by many, including Amazon, which bought Zappos in 2009. An official Amazon account paid tribute on Saturday, praising him as "an innovator who will be greatly missed."
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