A friend of mine and former boss, Mansour Safai, passed away of brain cancer a couple of days ago. He was very private about his struggle with cancer. I knew he had brain tumors last year and had gone through some operations and chemotherapy, but Mansour didn't let on a lot more than that. The picture above is of Mansour and his son Nicolai from a few years ago.
Mansour's brother Mammad gave a powerful and emotional eulogy at the funeral today, remembering incidents from their childhood in Tehran and their later cross-country drive from Boston to Silicon Valley. Mansour was truly a rare breed: a technology visionary who cared about people. He touched many people's lives. Mansour was the same age as me and that made his death even more shocking. He was a vibrant man cut down in his prime.