Chris Hipp RIP

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
By Yokota Fritz


I really don't know what to say -- the facts are that local entrepenuer Chris Hipp passed Tuesday morning on his way to a local ride. He's not much older than me, though he was a much better cyclist. I've heard he was felled by an aneurysm or an embolism, but I don't really know what happened.

Hipp used to go on club rides with a very young Lance Armstrong in Texas in the 80s. In the late 90s, he pioneered high density computing with blade computers (the world I live in these days), moved to Silicon Valley, sold his company to HP and became an industry analyst.

I took the long way home on my bike Tuesday evening in his memory.

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I worked with Chris at RLX. I'm completely stunned and deeply saddened by his passing. Chris was not only incredible human being, but an amazing visionary who predicted a whole new era in computing. I continued to keep in touch with Chris and just exchanged e-mails with him two weeks ago. I know that he will be sorely missed by his friends, family, the IT industry and the broader cycling community. Vince Balsamo
 
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