Downtown Las Vegas and the VegasTech community suffered a terrible loss today with the death of Ecomom CEO Jody Sherman. He was 47.
I corresponded only briefly with Mr. Sherman, as I was putting together my Meet the Startups piece for Vegas Seven; Ecomom is one of 10 Vegas-based tech companies I named as likely to succeed. He was friendly and forthright, and very excited to be part of the downtown renaissance. And according to a August 2011 interview with Sherman quoted this morning in TechCrunch, that was pretty much his nature:
I’d like to be remembered for being helpful to others. I’m not sure exactly what that means but it feels good whenever I know that my advice or my time spent with someone was of benefit to him or her. I don’t know that you have to impact huge numbers of people at once – although I am trying to do that with Ecomom. Personally, if I can be of real use to even one person at a time, I feel like I’ve been lucky enough in my life that I’m obligated to pay that forward.
On behalf of Vegas Seven, I offer my deepest condolences to everyone whose lives were touched by this remarkable man.