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The Internet Says Goodbye to Martin Schaedel

Martin Schaedel, who was a slightly mysterious and very excellent person, died yesterday in a plane crash at the Santa Monica airport. You can read about his life and death in this well-reported Los Angeles Times story.

One of the most noteworthy things about Martin was the fact that he knew people everywhere. He was ostensibly an Internet deal guy, but I have a sneaking suspicion that meeting people was Martin’s primary pursuit. Which means that there are many people who are are saddened about his death, but not many of us know each other.

But right now many of us are meeting after the fact. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson has written a nice tribute to Martin on his blog and commenters are sharing their memories of Martin there. They’re also doing it via Twitter, and you can keep track of those exchanges here.

I think Martin would be happy to learn that he brokered so many introductions. RIP.

[Image Credit: michaelsharon]


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