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Rajeev Motwani

Born: 1962-03-26 - Died: 2009-06-05
Cause of Death:
Drowning


Death Summary: Rajeev Motwani was found dead in a swimming pool on Friday June 5, 2009 from an apparent drowning.

The news of Motwani's death hit blogosphere pretty hard. Below is a quote from Sergey Brin about Motwani...

When my interest turned to data mining, Rajeev helped to coordinate a regular meeting group on the subject. Even though I was just one of hundreds of graduate students in the department, he always made the time and effort to help. Later, when Larry and I began to work together on the research that would lead to Google, Rajeev was there to support us and guide us through challenges, both technical and organizational.

Eventually, as Google emerged from Stanford, Rajeev remained a friend and advisor as he has with many people and startups since. Of all the faculty at Stanford, it is with Rajeev that I have stayed the closest and I will miss him dearly. Yet his legacy and personality lives on in the students, projects, and companies he has touched. Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it.

Below is some kind words from Om Malik of GigaOm.

It is hard for me to write this post — this morning the news of Steve Jobs’ improving health put me in a good mood. My day is ending with a broken heart and tears in my eyes. It is the day which reminds you of the unpredictability of life. Rajeev and I had been swapping emails, hoping to get together for a cup of coffee and discussions about technology. Alas, that shall never be.

Who was Rajeev Motwani : Motwani, an angel investor and Stanford professor, who served as a mentor to the Google co-founders as they were initially developing Google.

Motwani graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1988 with a Ph.D in Computer Science.

At Stanford Motwani served as a professor and director of graduate studies for the database group/infolab, and Foundations Group.

Some of his research interests include...

Databases, data mining, information retrieval, and web searching. Privacy and security, particularly in the context of databases and information retrieval. Optimization and scheduling problems, particularly for applications in computer systems, compilers, and databases. Computational and combinatorial geometry with applications to robotics and vision. Computational biology and automated drug design. Design and analysis of algorithms with emphasis on approximations, online computations, and randomized algorithms, as well as related complexity theory.
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  5. Rauf Says:

    All press is good press. Just the fact that bringing on MC Hammer is caisnug disruption is a great marketing tool.Sorry, Douglas, but I disagree. Ask Alan Herrell if all press is great press. Ask Jeneane Sessum. Ask anyone who was ever later exonerated for a crime they didn’t commit if all press was great press.This sort of spin drives me crazy, and I’ll pause here before ranting that this is not personal, my buttons were pushed by this particular example and it could have been anyone. So personalities are not in play. I will do my best to speak to this issue in non-personal terms.Time and time again, various people respond to onlien stimuli like so:A: Man, [whoever] is a giant ass.B: Or maybe [whoever] is delivering a message we all need to hear!A: Man, [whatever] was complete and utter crap.B: Or maybe it was too perfect!Na’mean?I have no skin in the game, so I really don’t care who is involved with Web 2.0-style conferences since I have zero intention of attending any. The selection of MC Hammer strikes me as gimmicky (and I thought his 7.5 minutes of extendo-fame ended with that insurance commercial) at best. But off the cuff, the arguments pro and con boil down to:A: I can’t believe MC Hammer is going to be on a conference panel for social media.B: That proves that whoever selected him values diversity.A: What was [whoever] thinking?!B: [Whoever] is thinking light-years ahead of you.Et cetera, et cetera.

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