Update: After talking to representatives of SiPort I have decided to take down the accurate report from a source close to the company regarding the shooter’s target. Although on good source, I feel that my blog report causes to much discomfort to the families, employees, and stakeholders of SiPort. I had reservations writing it so I’m taking it down. This tragedy hits home for me because being an entrepreneur I know first hand how hard it is to build a company as well as all the ‘risks’ of being a lead entrepreneur and a member of the entrepreneurial management team.
My prayers go out to all the families, employees, and investors of SiPort
Santa Clara, CA. November 15, 2008. SiPort would like to offer heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were fatally shot yesterday afternoon. The three victims were Sid Agrawal, CEO; Brian Pugh, vice president of operations; and Marilyn Lewis, human resources manager.
“The entire SiPort staff and board are in mourning. We are a close-knit team of engineers and entrepreneurs who built this company together. We are devastated by the loss and our hearts go out to the families and friends of Sid, Brian and Marilyn,” said Aiman Kabakibo, CEO and company founder.
Sid Agrawal joined SiPort as CEO in 2004 and is credited with helping secure funding for the company, building out the executive staff and forming connections with early customers. He is known for his intelligence, approachability and warmth, as well as a leadership style that emphasized mentoring.
Brian Pugh served as vice president of operations and was responsible for transforming SiPort into a full-fledge, world-class manufacturing operation. He attended Stanford University and was known as a brilliant, high-energy engineer.
Marilyn Lewis served as the HR manager and was the glue that held the company together. She managed a variety of human resource and administrative functions including recruiting, payroll and vendor management. Marilyn joined the company in 2005 and was a key contributor to the growth of SiPort.
“All three people were extremely well liked and will be sorely missed. We are a team of entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists who enjoy working with each other very much. We grieve along with their families and friends,” said Kabakibo.
The alleged killer, Jing Hua Wu, is under arrest by the Santa Clara Police Department. Wu was terminated individually and not as part of a general layoff. In fact, SiPort has never had a general layoff in the history of the company. The company added to its staff in 2008 and anticipates continued growth.
SiPort wishes to express its appreciation to the Santa Clara Police Department and their colleagues elsewhere for their outstanding police work and for the compassion and support they have shown SiPort employees and families.
The SiPort management and board have met through the weekend to reach out to the victims’ families and its employees, and to ensure continuity of its operations. Further information on contributions to the families of the victims will be forthcoming.
SiPort is a wireless chip company based in Santa Clara, California. Founded in 2004, SiPort manufactures all its products in its Santa Clara facility.