Goodbye, Old Friend! Russell Shaw, R.I.P.


In the early days of blogging there were just a few of us who blogged about VoIP and other such telecom topics. Russell Shaw was one of them, and he was very good at it. A good-natured and knowledgeable fellow, Shaw had a Rolodex that was thicker than those of most reporters. His ability to sniff out stories long before everyone else and then offer succinct analysis around the news made Shaw a natural blogger.

This past Thursday night, in town for eComm, Shaw went to sleep in his hotel room in San Jose and never woke up. Shaw wrote a VoIP blog and BlackBerry Blog for ZDNet. He had been suffering from a cold and had been traveling across the country attending several events.

I am going to miss Russell, especially his emails, in which he shared some industry tidbit or another. Shaw had helped me out when we launched IPNetworked, our failed experiment that eventually led to a more focused NewTeeVee. His passing reminds us of the fragility of life, and how quickly it can all be gone. First Marc Orchant passing on and now Russ…it has been a tough and somber weekend.

More @ Andy Abramson, Dan Farber, Ken Camp and Jim Courtney.


Jason Harris

I had the honor of meeting Russel last August at Gnomedex in Seattle. He and I spent quite of bit of time together and I was instantly touched by his genuine nature.
It was a great experience to meet him after reading his blog for such a long time.
I’m sad he won’t be at Gnomedex once again.


Moshe Maeir

What a shocker. Russel was one of my favorite writers, all meat, no fluff in his writings.
A nice guy, we will miss him!


Russell was so smart and talented- he always kept me on my toes, but played fair. When he opened up, he was even a sweetie. He is loved and missed by many. Such a shock when bad things happen to good people.


RIP Russell Shaw, he has passed the baton to others to continue. Thanks for helping many.

Alex Williams

Om – That’s a nice note. Russ and I were good pals. We’d meet for a beer or dinner as often as you do with a good friend who is as busy as anyone in your life. But Russ was a special breed. He was one of the nicest folks you will ever meet. One of my best memories of Russ is traveling with him to Gnomedex on the train. Russ loved trains! He was like a kid on that train. Russ had a tremendous work ethic. He loved what he did. He told me he’d wake at 4 a.m. and work until 10. He’d take a two hour nap and then work into the night. Quite a pace. But he really kicked into gear in the past year. He was doing as well as he had ever done. He had met Ellen, a wonderful woman. He was losing weight, getting healthy. I just expected that I’d see him soon. I think I am still in shock that he is gone. Rest in peace, Russ. We miss ya.

Rajeev – There have been no reports of foul play.

Om Malik

@ Rajeev,

Not that i know off.

@ Alex,

Amen to that. But if he was off base, it was mostly because he saw the good in everything.

Alex Kazim

Oh geez, I always enjoyed his commentary about Skype even when I thought he was off-base. He’ll definitely be missed.

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