I haven't talked to Vlad or Mike in awhile. I was just thinking of them a few days ago and planned to call them as I want to discuss reviving a project we started in 2012. Tonight I couldn't find my phone and had to use Skype to call myself. I hadn't been on skype in months so I was shocked to see the note from Vlad. I just can't believe it. I'm at loss. I don't want to believe that this is true at all.
I met Mike through his father, Vlad, with whom I worked briefly at a company here in LA. In 2012 we decided to work on a platform that was a "pet" project of mine. We brought on Mike and his team to develop the prototype. In November 2012, he stayed at my place through Thanksgiving while he looked for a permanent apartment. I had never met anyone like him. I think Chris said it best when he described him as a Rennaisance Man. He was so brilliant, yet so kind, and humble. He had his father's shy smile and stubborn streak. There was no topic he couldn't discuss. He had so much passion for science, math, gymnastics, and Parkour. I loved talking to him and listening to him. Just a few weeks ago I was watching my 2 1/2 toddler who mastertered his 200 piece puzzle on his own. He is so capable and independent and I thought of how I hope he'll be just like Mike one day. What a devastating loss to this world. The future needs more amazing people like Mike. My heart goes out to Vlad and his entire family.
Mike, I know how much you loved Ethan. I hope you two have found each other and are snuggling as you used to. Wherever you are, know that you have touched our lives and that we will never forget you.
I've written a long blog post about Mike, how I came to know him, and about how he passed away.
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