In short: Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, co-founder and former president of Razer Inc., passed away last week at the age of 81. Gamers of a certain age will remember Krakoff as the public face of a promising gaming peripherals company. Its first major product, the Razer Boomslang gaming mouse, was released in late 1999 and was designed by Fitch Inc. for an organization known as Kärna.

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Razer at that time was Kärna brandand would not officially become a separate company until 2005, when Krakow and current CEO Min-Liang Tan bought the rights to the brand from the bankrupt organization.

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Razer has spared no time in flooding the market with a flood of gaming peripherals, many of which are named after venomous or predatory creatures. Before RGB LEDs hit the gaming community, high-speed sensors, programmable hotkeys, and customizable profiles were all the rage.

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Krakoff led the marketing as RazerGuy, the startup’s public face. I had a private meeting with Krakow at CES 2007, where he showed off the company’s signature attraction, the Mako 2.1 THX certified speaker system. The product was remarkable, but I was more impressed with Krakow itself. He seemed extremely knowledgeable, incredibly passionate and very sincere, and treated a nameless person like me with the utmost respect.

According to Razer, Krakow died on April 26, 2022. The cause of death was not mentioned.