With great sadness, ZEDO announces the death of its friend, collaborator, and the Chief Technology Officer of ZEDO, Inc., Joseph Jacob, 41, in a car accident on February 1st, 2013 in LaDue, Mo. Joseph had gone there to celebrate his birthday with a friend. We are all shocked and grief-stricken over the loss. Jacob’s friend Melanie Michailidis and the driver of the other car also lost their lives.
Jacob was named CTO of ZEDO in 2009, and was a visionary technologist responsible for all ZEDO’s ad serving and ad exchange product. He oversaw the design, development, and operation of ZEDO’s technology platforms and its 5 software development centers in the US, Russia and India. He was known for his innovative ideas and ability to consistently get things done.
Prior to joining ZEDO in 2000, Jacob worked for the Mobile Computing and Workstation Technology divisions of Hewlett Packard. He also previously worked at the X Consortium in Cambridge, MA and for Everest Consultants of Portland, OR in various software development capacities.
Jacob held a Masters degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Engineering from Kerala University.
Roy de Souza, CEO of ZEDO and long-time friend of Jacob, will assist the family to claim the body and return it to Kottayam, Kerala, India; where the services and disposition of the remains will take place. Memorial services are being planned in San Francisco and Mumbai.
“Joseph was a brilliant engineer who grew into a strong and respected technology leader. He was my close friend and trusted partner as we built ZEDO over the last 13 years. Everyone at ZEDO will miss him. This is a tragic loss of a brilliant professional mind and a great friend. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.” said Roy de Souza.”