The technology community lost one of its own yesterday, when CodeLessons founder and Twilio advisor Jeffrey McManus passed away in his sleep of unknown causes. McManus was 46 years old and is survived by his wife and two kids.
Julia French of Covered Communications, who first brought the sad news to my attention, remembers McManus as, “an amazing guy” in both his business and personal life. “He was part of the old guard of people who really understand communities and how businesses should be built. He was always talking about keeping people real,” French told me by telephone today. “But he was also this amazing dad. He would take his son down to the Maker Fair and also put together this great group for those of us in the city who have kids where we’d all get together on Sundays and just hang out.”
Robert Scoble, who has known McManus since 1994, described him as “one of the most thoughtful people I’ve ever been around.” The pair first met through the Visual Basic Insiders’ Technical Summit event series, where he recalls that McManus was always among the highest-rated speakers. “I’ll miss his off color sense of humor, which was just great to be around.”
Prior to founding CodeLessons, McManus ran Platform Associates, a consultancy focused on platform businesses. Previously he was a Director of the Yahoo Developer Network and a Senior Manager of Platform Evangelism at eBay. McManus has been an Instructor of Web design and management at the University of Victoria since 2009.
McManus was also a former editor of the UCSB Daily Nexus and remained heavily involved with the college publication organizing its alumni reunions and manning the @DailyNexusAlums Twitter account and dailynexus.org site. Friend and former colleague Tony Pierce remembered him in a blog post, writing, “Just like all of us, he wanted life to be about fun and joy and kicking major ass.”
While I didn’t know McManus personally, I get a sense from speaking to his friends and colleagues that he was beloved by those who knew him. He will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
[Image source: Jeffrey McManus, Twitter]