Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of the popular trivia app HQ Trivia, was found dead in his SoHo apartment early Sunday from an apparent drug overdose, police sources said.
Cops found Kroll, 34, unconscious in the bedroom of his Spring St. home with drug paraphernalia around him after his concerned girlfriend called authorities around 12:20 a.m. to check on him because she hadn’t heard from him.
Kroll reportedly took cocaine and heroin prior to his overdose, according to TMZ.
Kroll co-founded HQ with Rus Yusupov, and the game debuted in August 2017 to considerable popularity. HQ users compete with other players as part of a live game show, and win prize money if they get all 12 trivia questions correct.
At its height, HQ drew more than 2 million players per game, and in March, banked $15 million in venture funding, giving it a reported post-money valuation of $100 million.
But its popularity has waned in recent months – HQ did not have a place in the iPhone App Store’s Top 200 most downloaded free apps as of Sunday morning, despite having spent much of last year in the Top 10.
The app came several months after Vine, an app in which users upload six-second videos, shut down. Kroll, Yusupov and Dom Hofmann launched Vine in 2013, and Kroll was the company’s general manger between 2013 and 2014.
Vine was acquired by Twitter in 2012, though Kroll was later let go by the company for “poor management.”
He apologized in a statement to Axios in March, writing that his ouster was a “painful” but “eye-opening” experience.
“I now realize that there are things I said and did that made some feel unappreciated or uncomfortable,” he said.
He was previously an engineering manager at Yahoo! from 2007-09, and the Chief Technology Officer at Jetsetter from 2009-13, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The city medical examiner will determine his exact cause of death.
Via: The Daily News