HQ Trivia also posted a statement on Twitter about Kroll's death, saying: "Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time."
Kroll and Yusupov also were two of the founders of six-second video app Vine, along with Dom Hofmann. Vine was acquired in October 2012, prior to its public launch, by Twitter — which then shut down Vine about four years later. In 2014, Vine was a recipient of Variety's Breakthrough in Technology Awards.
Prior to that, Kroll was an engineering manager in Yahoo's search and advertising technology group; he joined Yahoo with the Yahoo's 2007 acquisition of Right Media, where Kroll had been a software engineer. Before co-founding Vine, Kroll was CTO of Gilt Groupe’s Jetsetter travel site and mobile app where he also worked with worked with Yusupov and Hofmann.
Sunday, Dec. An NYPD rep said the department is awaiting results of the medical examiner's report to determine cause of death but confirmed that drugs appeared to be involved. New York Police Department officers responded at 12:18 a.m. 16, to a call by Kroll's girlfriend who was concerned about him. Police found Kroll's body surrounded by drug paraphernalia, TMZ reported. The police found him unresponsive in his SoHo residence and EMS staff pronounced him dead at the scene.
Kroll studied computer science at Oakland University in southeastern Michigan, according to his profile on Crunchbase.” />
He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother." In a tweet Sunday, Yusupov wrote, "I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart.
Colin Kroll, co-founder of the Vine video app and the HQ Trivia game, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment early Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, Variety has confirmed. He was 35.
So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and co-founder Colin Kroll. My thoughts & prayers go out to his loved ones. I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart. He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother.
— Rus (@rus) December 16, 2018
When HQ Trivia was trying to raise funding more than a year ago, the company was turned down by some venture capitalists who were wary of Kroll’s “alleged bad behavior,” which included “‘creepy’ behavior toward women that made them uncomfortable,” according to a Recode report that cited anonymous sources.
Today, I'm committed to building HQ Trivia into a culture-defining product and supporting the dedicated team that makes it all possible." I apologize to those people. I now realize that there are things I said and did that made some feel unappreciated or uncomfortable. In a statement earlier this year, Kroll acknowledged that "I was let go from Vine four years ago for poor management… Kroll had been Vine's general manager for a few months before he was fired by Twitter in 2014.
Kroll's latest venture was HQ Trivia, where he served as CEO of the company he co-founded with Rus Yusupov. HQ Trivia became a viral hit after launching in the summer of 2017 as a live-streaming game show that doles out real cash to player — a format that's been widely copied.