I was extremely proud of his “40 under 40” Fortune magazine selection. I can never forget when in a group gathering in Sunnyvale we congratulated him on his selection but then I said he would have to do it again as he was 37b. “We wish you success and next time get your own number BUT never mind the “b” because you will always be “a” in our books!”. Amit and I remembered and laughed about this quite a few times! Now I think about it and it brings the fond memories and ‘happy tears’ in my eyes.
I have spent many moments after his passing reflecting on what he meant to me and the positive affect he had on the choices I have made in life, regardless of how big or small. I always enjoyed hearing his views and aspired to be like him. His words were always encouraging and his direction reliable. I considered him the older brother I never had.
His greatest gift to me was the example he set as a father, husband, son and brother. I have used it as a framework for my own life. If I become half the man he was, I consider my life a success.
I will miss him dearly, but his legacy will live on forever through its independence, entrepreneurial spirit and the love for his family and friends. The world is a better place for having him with us for such a short period of time.
Amit was not only kind and respectful towards the people he worked with, but had a great sense of humor. I've always enjoyed my conversation with him (about technology and life in general). He was easy to talk to and made everyone around him feel comfortable.
Yes, I can hear you loud and clear Amit...
I will forever miss his friendship.
Thanks to our good friend Ed Ma for finding these pictures from 14 years ago.