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SiCortex co-founder John Mucci passes away

Yesterday we had news from our friends that John Mucci had passed away Sunday from an apparent heart attack. John, along with Jud Leonard and Matt Reilly, helped found SiCortex in 2003.

From a profile in Xconomy

Mucci had a long history as a sales executive, and before co-founding SiCortex with Matt Reilly and Jud Leonard around 2003, had been a vice president at Thinking Machines Corporation, where he worked from 1986 to 1994, according to his LinkedIn page. He had also served in several executive positions at Digital Equipment Corp., and had co-founded another startup, TopicalNet (previously known as Continuum Software), according to his bio on the SiCortex site, which is still up although the company announced it was closing its doors last May.

…SiCortex had been funded in part by Polaris Venture Partners. Polaris general partner Bob Metcalfe wrote this in an email tonight: “While working on SiCortex, John and I walked together, he my guide for three years, through the exhibits of the SuperComputing conferences. Everyone there knew and liked John. And I mean everyone.”

Bob is right: I had the same experience every time I interacted with John at SC. Whether he was briefing me on SiCortex products or just talking about the state of HPC today, John was smart, affable, and just fun to be around.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to John’s family and friends. He will be missed.

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