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Pardon my Ignorance, but who is Andy Gross?

An actual article, blog post, or something would be better than a tweet, even if I knew who he was -- the tweet itself has no more substance than the title of this post... and probably shouldn't be shared on HN because there's no extra context.

I'd like to know who he was, what he worked on, etc... The tweet is too vague.

Tweets have a long established history of being empty yet valid content here.

And this is not to be consisted a full bio by any means, but here are the highlights. Andy Gross was Co-creator of Riak and Webmachine, Chief Architect @ Basho. Formerly @ Mochi, Apple, Akamai, a noted speaker, and lover of cats.

Thanks for giving some context. I appreciate it. Again sorry if I offended anyone by me message/tone.


I apologize for the tone, I have aspergers and can be a prick by accident, totally didn't mean it in negative, just was curious and felt a tweet wasn't that great a way to announce something like someone important's death.

You're good on this one, the other person is reacting emotionally as others have said which, if they know the person is totally understandable and it's a good chance for us to all show some compassion toward them (and not down vote).

Thanks. The internet needs more comments like this.

I don't think you were being negative or a prick. I think the worst I could characterise your comment as is blunt.

You're not wrong here, that person is just lashing out because they're emotional.

It's totally reasonable to ask why you should care about a particular strangers death in a world where 150,000 people die every single day.

It actually is unreasonable for you to ask that. It's also a pretty bad take to bring up the 150,000 people die every day statistic as if the fact that a single person who many people had a connection to dying is not of significance.

If you truly don't care just move on. If you want to know more, it doesn't take a great deal of skill to use Twitter, GitHub, Google, and more to find out all that you want to know.

Whats unreasonable is using a public link sharing site like this as a online memorial website.

Googling points me to: "Andy Gross is an American former professional racquetball player, now a touring comedian, ventriloquist, magician, and illusionist." Sad, somebody died, but why is this relevant to HN. (then I've read what other commenters posted and found out who Andy Gross we care about was)

Maybe this could be a moment for you to realize that not everyone cares as strongly about the things you care about and that this isn't an unreasonable thing.


He worked at Apple and like erlang... sadly, I know little more than this.

Andy's CV/resume offers some insight into his career: https://github.com/argv0/resume/blob/master/andygross-resume...

Huh, small world. He worked for Mochi Media around the same time as three friends of mine... Mochi recruited them right after they graduated UTD, and they moved halfway across the country for it.

Given how small Mochi was then, I bet they knew each other. Just goes to show you the tech world is a really tiny place.

creator of riak and a part of erlang + many other communities

he implemented webmachine and parts of riak iirc

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