Remembering Ed Iacobucci

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  1. I joined Citrix in 1997, among the first 200 employees. I was the 2nd employee in Asia Pacific, based in Sydney, Australia. In my first month, I travelled to HO, which was when the company was based on 3 floors, doing about $30 million per year. Within 5 min, I had met Ed, Mark, etc. Citrix had a tradition of recognizing every new employee at the quarterly company meeting, and Ed would throw out a Citrix polo shirt to each new person after their name was called. After the meeting, we had a long discussion. We had much in common, e.g. we had both worked for IBM and I had been to the Boca Raton facility. Because, the Asia PAC office was small, I regularly met both Ed and Nancy and was even invited to their house in Boca. I’ll miss Ed!

  2. I only knew Ed. his wife and daughter Marianna for a few months in 1992. Marianna played on our tournament softball team when she was 16 years old. He was wonderful guy and a great dad. One weekend I was out of town on business and Ed faxed me the weekend tournament stats for the team so I could see how our daughters did. I didn’t know anything about Ed or what he didn’t for a living. I only knew him as a beloved family man. Rest in peace Ed and thanks for being my friend. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  3. I knew Ed only briefly, when he was a freshman at Tech. I don’t remember much, but I know he was a sweet and silly young man, and I’m sad that he’s gone.

  4. I’m very sorry when checking my linkedin contacts to find out that Ed had died of the same cancer that took my father at a young age. I met Ed, once in rather inauspicious circumstances when as CEO and Chairman of Citrix he came to a meeting in Auckland, NZ. It was at this meeting that he announced, a development deal with Microsoft (May, 1997), when the WinFrame licenses moved from concurrent to per seat. I guessed the exact amount of the sale, known to no-one, and remember saying “you sold out to Microsoft for x million”, and started a riot in the process. At the time, I worked for EDS and was a little annoyed as I had budgeted $100,000 for the purchase of concurrent licenses and on that day when the pricing model changed to Bill Gates per seat model, I suddenly needed $1 million to implement my project. Everyone in the auditorium, got the same message loud and clear. Bill Gates later reversed the decision for WinFrame licensing, under pressure from millions of users worldwide.

    Anyway patched things up years later. He probably didn’t remember the red-haired heckler.

    While he might not have remembered, Microsoft executives did, and I was banned from every technical briefing, on sight.

  5. Ed was a very convincing orator when sharing his visions and passion for his latest projects. If you were lucky enough to sit in the audience when Ed was at the podium, you know exactly what I mean. I love that his ideas were not self-serving ideas, but ones that would benefit everyone. However, it seems that there was one particular time when his inspiration did not sweep a particular individual off their feet.

    Ed put his heart and soul into his projects but he also put in more than that. He put his money where his mouth and heart were. On one particular instance, Ed found himself in front of a financier pushing and describing his latest endeavor. The man basically kept shutting Ed down. Why do you need to do this? Do you really need this risk? Why don’t you just enjoy yourself and stop while you’re ahead? Ed’s response, “…AND THAT’S WHY YOU’RE A BANKER AND I’M AN ENTREPENEUR!!!”

    Morale of the story: You can sit on the pier the rest of your life and watch the ships sail away or you can be sailing marvelous adventures.

    Good sailing Ed – you’ll be missed!!

    (Thanks to LB for relaying this story to me years ago.)

  6. My fondest memory of Ed is from an early Citrix trade show, hearing a big booming voice shouting out “MOMO”, turning around to see Ed and having him come up and give me a big bear hug. I was there with colleagues and business partners, and it gave me instant cred. They all thought I was well connected with the executive team, and I wasn’t about to tell them that his nickname for me was the name of his cat :) He will be sadly missed.

  7. EdI built Citrix, from pure nothing to an amazing company. He could pivot with the best of the young Silicon Valley companies, only better. He made many, many lives more positive. I was very happy to see MarkT, ArtG and NabeelY’s heart-felt comments on this forum. Disappointed not to see more.

  8. I first met Ed in 1987 at IBM in Boca Raton where we both worked. What a mind!

    There were many occasions when Ed’s brilliance was manifest. A technical team would be in a meeting struggling with a hard problem – it could have been a matter of strategy, architecture or design – no matter. Ed would walk in, listen to the issue, walk up to the board, and start visually diagramming not only the problem, but the mental space in which the solution lived. It was like turning on the light in the room. The team would emerge with clarity, direction and energy.

    Fast forward to spring, 1989. I was in a meeting of about ten people, including Roy, Ed’s IBM manager at the time. Roy was unexpectedly called out of the meeting. He returned perhaps 15 minutes later and his face was white. I leaned over and asked Roy what was going on. “Ed Iacobucci just resigned from IBM,” Roy said.

    As an IBM manager, I knew what was about to happen. It didn’t matter if Ed was giving the company two weeks’ notice or four weeks’ notice or whatever. I was sure he would be escorted from the building within the hour. I waited a few minutes, so as not to be completely obvious, and then I left the meeting as if to visit the restroom.

    I found Ed in his office, just as he was clicking ‘Send’ on a farewell email to his many friends at IBM. He was to be picked up and escorted from the building in a matter of moments. I told him I had just heard that he was leaving IBM. I said that, if he was going to work for another large company I wished him good luck; but, that if he was about to start a new company, and I could be in for a piece of the action, I was very interested. He laughed and said, “Let’s keep in touch.” Within about a year I found myself resigning from IBM (after almost 21 years!) to join Citrix. It was a very difficult decision for me to make, but I just had so much confidence in Ed’s vision and brilliance.

    And that was a life-transforming decision. Life at Citrix was quite a wild ride.

    In 1992 we almost lost the company. Our product was based on OS/2, but IBM was the only company promoting OS/2, and we were despised by key management at IBM in Boca for raiding their technical team. Our OS/2 source code license came from Microsoft, but Microsoft had just announced that they were abandoning OS/2 and throwing their full weight behind Windows. We were generating very little revenue and were burning cash every month. Just then Hurricane Andrew hit. Fortunately for us, Coral Springs, where Citrix was located, was spared major damage. When I met up with Ed the next day he was sobered by the knowledge that, if the hurricane had destroyed our building, as it had destroyed so many buildings in southern Miami, Citrix would have gone under. The venture capitalists would have surely pulled the plug at that low point in the history of Citrix.

    In 1997, I indicated to Ed and Roger that I was planning to ‘retire’ from Citrix so that I could pursue some dreams of my own. (This of course was possible for me thanks to the fact that Citrix had gone public in 1995, and I had stock options.) Then, Microsoft decided that they needed to own Citrix’ technology in a way which would have put us out of business. Of course, I put aside all thoughts of leaving at that dire time. Ed, Nancy, Jeff Krantz, Andy Stergiades, and I made camp in Seattle to try to reach some resolution which both Microsoft and Citrix could live with.

    This became the most traumatic three months of my professional career. Our mantra was ‘we won’t give in and we won’t go away’ until there’s a deal.

    Ed was brilliant throughout. Often I played the ‘bad cop’ tough negotiator while Ed played the ‘good cop’ conciliator. Paul Maritz, representing Microsoft, was very intelligent and eminently fair and reasonable. Eventually we hammered out a deal. Ed’s confidence and strategic vision were central to our success throughout this ordeal.

    I will be eternally grateful for the positive ways in which Ed changed my life. He was a man of great intellect and vision – and a man of great passion and compassion. I feel honored and blessed to have known Ed, to have worked with him, and to have called him my friend. He was truly one of the Great Ones…

  9. सत्यं वद क्रोधं जय दयां धारय
    satyaṁ vada krodhaṁ jaya dayāṁ dhāraya
    Tell the truth, conquer cruelty, be compassionate

  10. Dear Nancy, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Ed and yourself. His creativity and thinking shone through and we were delighted to take part. He made a huge impact.
    Take care, Maaria

  11. I met Ed, when I was working on the PW600 program for the Eclipse 500. It was the start-up of Dayjet. What I will alway remember is his vision of the potential for this market and he had a great way about him, down to earth, welcoming, engaging.
    I am saddened by his passing, but better as a person for having had the opportunity to work with him and share even for a little while in the creation of something new.

  12. Six days ago, my husband, our business partner and I said goodbye to Ed. But before I said goodbye, I thanked Ed for the amazing things he made possible in my life.

    I met Ed and Nancy Iacobucci in February 2003. I was seeking new employment and was fortunate enough to be hired by them at their company “Wingedfoot Services”. I quickly realized how wonderful and kind Ed was. I also realized how intelligent he was as they were building what would become Dayjet. Working at Wingedfoot and working for the Iacobucci’s was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

    As it turns out, my life would change forever that February in 2003. Along with meeting the Iacobucci’s, I also met a man named Todd Wilkins. At that time he worked at Wingedfoot, and later worked at Dayjet. I got to know Todd very well during our Wingedfoot days. He was and still is my best friend. In fact, we were married in March 2009. Ed made it possible for me to meet my husband. I can’t even think of words to describe how thankful I am. Because of Ed, I met and married the love of my life. Thank you Ed.

    During our Wingedfoot days, we also met David and Aimee. We see David every day and he’s a huge part of our lives personally and professionally. Aimee has always considered Todd her brother. And Aimee and I consider ourselves Floridian sisters. David and Aimee are two of our best friends and we love them dearly. I don’t know what I would do without either one. Thank you Ed.

    Ed didn’t just affect my personal life though. There’s way more to it. Todd and David became very close co-workers and friends. They used their friendship and knowledge from Wingedfoot and Dayjet to form our company “Boca Aircraft Maintenance”. A very huge part of our business is the Eclipse jet. In fact, we are an Eclipse Gold Service Center. We are a successful business and have been in operation for four years now. Oddly, four years to the day that the three of us said goodbye to Ed. Boca Aircraft Maintenance would not have been possible if it wasn’t for Ed Iacobucci. Thank you once again Ed.

    Thank you Ed. Thank you for so many things. Thank you for my husband Todd, our friend and business partner David, and our friend Aimee. I know you have affected so many lives, and I just wanted to share how much you affected mine. We will miss you very much. You have changed our lives in a positive way forever. You will never be forgotten.

  13. Ed was influential in the beginning of my career. As an early business partner of Citrix when I was with NCR, I met Ed when I was the PLM of one of the very first commerical thin-client machines based on the ICA client. One of my best memories of Ed was having lunch with him at an event in West Palm Beach talking about the furture of network based computing and this out of the box concept called Application Service Providers. He was a man with incredible vision and will be missed.

  14. Ed You will missed by more people than I can ever imagine,

    in 1997 my partners and I saw a demonstration of Winframe where they showed windows 95 running on an old 486 machine over a phone line and we all in amazement said “can we see that again”! At the time we were working on a school computer project in Charlotte and what we saw changed our thinking and ultimately our lives as that was the “moment of inspiration” that created The When we first tried to talk to the sales channel at Citrix we didn’t get much attention or support and even some rude behavior which I reported via FLAME mail to Ed complaining that his sales force would not listen to a customers needs. The very next day I got a call from Ed apologizing and asking how he could help. Long story short Ed listened, acted and did what ever he could to help us in the short term and in long run he sent Traver Kennedy to see us and out of that and other early companies the ASP industry was born. Fast forward 15 years and most of long term business relationships and friendships I treasure today were born from those early interactions with Ed.

    He changed many of our worlds for the better and was always willing to talk to us about the next crazy idea.

    I hope we all take time to remember these connections with and from Ed as that is the way he lives on for ever!!

    VAYA CON DIOS Ed see you on the other side

  15. Working at Citrix and interfacing with Ed was a great experience. He was always eager to share thoughts and ideas to help move projects along and remove barriers. His mind was constantly thinking one or more steps ahead.
    I learned a beneficial trick from Traver early on. If you wanted to catch a few minutes with Ed to ask questions or gather input, he could usually be found right outside the back door of a venue grabbing a quick smoke. This proved quite valuable over the years as it provided me an uninterrupted audience with Ed to tap his mind on varying topics. I valued these exchanges and learned a lot about him and how he processed information. He could sift through the fudder very quickly and identify the root issues and offer sound solutions.
    We need more thought leaders with his entrepreneurial spirit and drive. He touched the lives of many people and always had a positive impact. He will be missed.

  16. Although I did not share these short stories at Ed’s memorial I want to share them with you now….
    The first one is a bit funny and the second is spiritual…
    Ed from time to time would ask me to come up to spend some time with him out on the executive balcony in our new Citirx facility, He just wanted to share some thoughts or have some conversation or ask me to fix something since I was in charge of operations. Ed would go on about his vision and technology with me, I guess because all the smart people were at work getting the next product ready for the world to use and I was the only one left to talk to. He would talk about stuff way over my head and then just walk back into his office. However, I know I was blessed because I had just spent time with one of the most brilliant people on this earth. To this day I remember walking away shaking my head muttering to myself ….what the hell did Ed just tell me….I think I know now!
    The second story was a blessing to see Ed just a few days before his passing and it goes like this…
    As my wife Fran and I sat with Ed he opened his eyes to say…its so good to see you both, and then as in Ed fashion began to apologize for not having the chance to hire me at Day Jet to which I said …not important….I’ve been away for a while …just got back and I’m better now…now let me stop and shift to fathers day. While out at lunch on fathers day I happen to run into an old friend who said to me…I heard you were real sick…my reply was…yea I was up at the international space station, just got back and I’m better. Well this old friend looked at me and didn’t know what to say…I had to bite my tongue before getting hysterical laughing. Now back to my Ed story…after only saying I’ve been away for a while…just got back and now I’m better…Ed looks at me and says…yea it was that international space station!!!! Well my wife and I both got goose bumps and felt the warmth and love of a brilliant man and dear friend….no shit true story!
    I and the world will miss you my brother……and one day you will call me to the balcony…. for yet another great conversation….

  17. I remember jumping on a flight to FLL back in the mid-90s after reading the Citrix profile I saw in BYTE magazine; I knew that ICA was going to change the world and I wanted to meet Ed and see how to become a part of it! He helped us think “outside the box” quite literally since we ended up using ICA on Internet set-tops & custom browsers to deliver Windows apps to TV sets with wireless keyboards around the world and basically built the first ASP for the SOHO market – then he asked me to work with Traver on new ideas and a few of us came up with the early concept of the cloud (as it’s called today!) – Amazing that even a side conversation with Ed could start up a whole new industry! He was so easy to talk with and share ideas – so approachable for a man of his accomplishments; He changed my life for the better with his vision and the lives of millions who never had the privilege of knowing him – Thanks so much Ed! You are missed; RIP and have a blast in your next bold adventure!

  18. “The Road Not Taken,” a poem by Robert Frost published in 1916, was a favorite of Ed’s.
    The poem served as his resignation letter to IBM when he left in 1989 to found Citrix…and the rest is history.

    The Road Not Taken
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

  19. Hard to believe Ed is no longer with us; he was one of those rare people that you just kind of felt would be around forever. Thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the family.
    I knew Ed from the early days of what would become DayJet when we were trying to sell him on a VLJ that we were planning to build at Avocet. I will never forget the pride he took in showing us his room-full of “Russian rocket scientists” that he had running a million and one data points on his dream airline.
    A big bear of a man with a heart to match who would always listen before speaking – an uncommon skill these days. Sadly of late I only stayed in touch via ‘WORDS With Friends’where he was a ferocious competitor.
    Nice now to see so many wonderful words from so many friends. We will all miss you big guy.

  20. The loss of a great friend reminds me that friendship is the most important of all human interactions. Yes I worked for Ed (Citrix), I had many technology discussions with Ed (he was teaching me most of the time), but his friendship to my family and myself is the main memory I will have.

    He was an amazing technologist, my interactions with him were mainly around Microsoft, how to work with and around them. Ed was able to take Microsoft were they could not go… anywhere! Today over 100 million people access their Windows apps using Citrix; enabling them to work from anywhere; enriching their work experience.

    The last time I saw Ed was at Citrix Synergy 2012, we had dinner together with Nancy, Martin Duursma and a few others. Ed was as energetic as ever, talking about his vision, telling jokes about the industry we working in, laughing at each other and enjoying the warm company of ED Iacobucci- That is how I will always remember him!

  21. Ed’s tragic and untimely loss hurts my heart. I had the privilege of working closely with him – and for him. He was a persistent visionary whose ideas, inventions and dynamic personality touched so many – especially me. Thankfully, he has left many beautiful memories that will help him live on in so many ways.

    On May 19, Ed called to tell me of his battle with Pancreatic cancer. He left no doubt just how serious it was. I cried but he was strong. He could see a path through the maze, and was holding that as his plan for recovery. It was so typically Ed – no matter how difficult the problem, he found a way to be optimistic by seeing the light ahead.

    He spent time talking about his love for Nancy, knowing she was really struggling with it, and he asked that we all look after her. Nancy put a bounce in his step from the day they met, making his persistence and vision even more potent. Citrix was always at the center of his heart. During the call, we also did some reminiscing about the month I joined, actually laughing about the time he told me “Citrix is a giant, just in a tiny body.” I told him “I wanted to drink whatever Koolaid he was drinking and smoke whatever he was smoking!” ;o)

    When it came to technology, he could simplify the complex. He took great care with me in describing Citrix ICA technology as a “general purpose display protocol.” This simple description both differentiated the technology at the time, and created a long term vision for it that lives on to this very day.

    Defining and distorting reality – in a good way – was one of Ed’s core competencies. It was how he could think bigger than any size box. It was how he could be optimistic in the face of the most difficult circumstances.

    This is how Ed led the team that saved Citrix in 1997 during our historic negotiation with Microsoft. He was front and center, working his magical reality distortion to a win-win agreement. It took three months of ups, downs, twists, turns, and one more thing – persistence. Persistence made him an unstoppable force. When Ed locked on, that’s the way we were going – and everyone knew it.

    I remember the fun we had after signing the Microsoft agreement choosing a name for the successor product to WinFrame. As the marketing guy, I wanted to keep the very successful WinFrame branding. But Ed had a bigger idea (as usual). He envisioned our new generation product that would operate at the Meta-tier – above Windows apps, desktops and data. So, we put the two ideas in a blender and out came the name MetaFrame. Citrix continues to build “meta-tier” technologies that define our core belief around ‘any-ness’.

    Thanks to Ed, Citrix was not only born in Florida, we have been able to thrive and expand on his vision.

    After retiring from Citrix in 2000, he pointed his vision machine at his biggest idea ever. It was called DayJet – a per person, non-scheduled airline, powered by super sophisticated software. I remember the launch day, the huge joy in his eyes, and the pride in his words. It was a proud moment for me to have a front row seat where I could feel his waves of joy, passion and belief pour over me. That venture challenged his every dimension.

    Months after its demise, I had a two hour breakfast with him. I didn’t know what to expect. Amazingly, the wisdom of that experience did not cloud his ability to see what’s next as he talked about the new ideas on his mind. He was distorting the terrible reality of that situation into a reality of optimism and possibilities.

    That was Ed – the definition of persistence, vision, and looking forward – always. He never gave up. Only God could call him to a newer, bigger vision – above all of us – and override his amazing determination.

    That’s the way to remember him, to celebrate his life, and to give thanks for the gifts he left for all of us. I will forever be grateful for his friendship, mentorship, and inspiration. May God bless you, Ed – and bless Nancy, bless your children and your family. Here’s to seeing you again, my friend.

    With love, affection and appreciation,

  22. I recall meeting Ed two or three times over the last 20 years, but his impact on my life is profound. I worked for a Chicago-area IT consulting company in the early to mid-nineties, where I first worked with WinView. It wasn’t long before WinFrame 1.5 came out and I was launched into project after project deploying it. I recall meeting Ed for the first time at one of the Citrix partner events. I was a bit unsure of how a CEO of an up and coming company like Citrix would treat a lowly tech guy like myself, but man was I surprised when I met him. Such a passionate person and extremely interested in talking tech with his peers. Ed truly did view all of the people at these events as his peers. It was such a wonderful experience and probably solidified for me that Citrix was a company I truly wanted to base my career on. So I free truly indebted to Ed not only for creating a great technology, but also for really caring about the people who were his technology advocates, customers, partners, employees and friends. I ran into Ed again at Citrix Synergy last year and he attended a panel discussion that I was on discussing desktop virtualization. After the panel discussion was over, I walked over and said hello to Ed and Jeff Krantz. Ed and Jeff thanked me for the session and commented that it was great content and they were happy to attend. It was such an honor to receive such a compliment from someone I always looked up to. Ed provided the foundation of my career today and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for his contributions to the world of computing. Ed’s impact on so many people is so profound it’s a little hard to comprehend. Thanks for everything you’ve done Ed.

  23. Ed worked hard and played hard and when he wasn’t working which was rare…he was playing. I remember how much he liked New Orleans and Mardi Gras. We accompanied Nancy and Ed numerous times to New Orleans to participate in the “party of all parties”, The Orpheus Parade in the caboose behind Harry Connick’s engine Locomotive. It was a freezing day in New Orleans and we were all in costume about ready to leave the staging area when it began to pour…I mean raining cats and dogs. Almost everyone bailed on our float to get out of the freezing rain, but not Ed. He yelled out ” we have 1,000 pounds of beads that need to be thrown”. ” All Aboard, New Orleans awaits us” !!!
    We were soaked to the bone and freezing cold, but we made it through the parade route and then partied till the wee hours with Brad Paisley. Ed you will be missed, but I know you would say to us all…”Laissez les bon temps rouler”…”Let the good times roll”.
    I will always remember you…rest in peace my friend.
    Andy and Penny

  24. I was so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I worked for Ed and Nancy over the last 12-13 yrs on all of Nancy’s remodeling projects, Theyre homes,offices at jet aviation,the old Bank of America building on Linton.I’ll always remember Ed’s easy-going nature, forever smile, and engaging but never condescending conversations.You see,I always knew he was the smartest guy in the room, I just never knew how BIG that room actually was. After reading about all his accomplishments over the past couple of days, I am truly amazed. But that was Ed, as unassuming as they come.Ed only wanted to talk about what you were interested in, or Nancy’s project at hand. Ed and Nancy have been so kind to me over the years and I will truly miss him. My condolences to his Family. Nancy, you hang in there, we will all help you get through this very difficult time.

  25. What an amazing guy, and so sad. My best memories of Ed is how he would patiently explain technology to me, over and over, until I got just how amazingly cool the stuff he was doing actually was.

    Oh, and trying to drown me in a hot tub late at night at Demo. But I had that one coming. And he really didn’t try too hard.

    I’ll miss you. The world is a duller and dumber place without you.


  26. Got this news over the weekend and was completely taken by surprise. Ed was definitely too young to go through something like this. I had no idea about his recent battle with cancer and frankly was still hopeful that Virtual Works was going to be his next Citrix.

    My two favorite memories of Ed were when he flew up to DC to support me on a sales call and Mike Passaro’s retirement party at Ed’s house. For those of you who remember the Winview days you knew that Ed wore many hats and that particular week he was the outside sales engineer for the company. I was working for a Citrix reseller at the time in the DC area and Mark Jones had sent Ed to back me up on a big sales call with MCI. We had a room full of MCI IT folks who thought very high of themselves and Ed just crushed him with his brilliance around ICA, remote computing and what eventually became the first evolution of thin client virtualization – now Cloud computing. It was during that sales call that I thought to myself – how can I get a job working for Citrix? Years later, MCI would become one of Citrix’s largest customers.

    A few years later, I did end up getting hired by Bill Burley through a referral by Mark Jones. At Mike Passaro’s retirement party at Ed’s house within a year or so after I started – Ed came by to chat with Bill and I over a beer. He once again completely surprised me. He looked at Bill dead on and said, “You did all this – you’re the reason we are here.” Then he added looking at me, “In fact, without the success of our entire sales team – this company wouldn’t be where it’s at today – thank you.” After picking my jaw up off the floor – I simply shook his hand and thanked him for the opportunity to work for such a great company. My thoughts about Ed from that moment on were not just that he was a brilliant man but also a humble one. It takes a great man to do great things but an even greater man to thank the people that have helped him along the way.

    Again, very sorry to hear about the news this weekend – my deepest condolences to the Iacobucci family and Ed’s close friends. He will truly be missed.

  27. I had the pleasure of meeting Ed as his attorney. I was so impressed with his ability to “see the big picture” and not be weighed down by minutia. Ed always displayed the utmost integrity. He will be missed.

  28. I first met Ed in 1997 then had pleasure of joing Citrix in 1998 and one of the main reasons was Ed! His openess, warmth, passion and vision made it the easiest career decision I ever took. He had heart, a lot of it and that infected the growing company in a great way, Ed you changed the world, you brought a lot of us along with you and inspired us, you made such an impact that the wider world are not aware of, many Citrites and ex Citrites would of joined any company you created in a heartbeat. You will be sadly missed and a new star will burn much brighter, thank you for what you gave to so many of us globally!

  29. Ed had a profound impact on my life, at so many different levels. His entrepreneurship and leadership changed the lives of so many people I know, most especially George. His vision and drive changed the world.

    What I will personally remember the most, though, is his friendship. Ed always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He was down to earth and generous. I will treasure the fond memories I have of time spent with him, especially those precious fun and relaxed get-togethers the four of us shared.

    And I honor him every time I wear my Spencer Cat night shirt, from the times in the early days when he got me into the parties at the trade shows.

    A life much too short, but a legacy that will live forever.

  30. I have such fond memories of Ed. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to spend time with him as he was taking Citrix out to the world. Such brilliance and such kindness, a complete inspiration. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Ed and he greeted everyone he met with such warmth. I’ll never forget having to ask Ed if he was OK to do a press meeting in a London pub and the smile I got back when he knew it was with Mike M! A very special person that has left an incredible legacy and has a place in so many hearts. His light will always shine. My thoughts are with his lovely wife Nancy, his family and dear friends.

  31. This sad news has touched me very deeply. Ed was a very dear and special friend to me. I got used to these June calls form Nancy to join her and Ed in Paris for the Le Bourget airplane show. This last call stunned me.

    He was one of those rare people that have brought an enormous light in my life, by his sense of caring, by the expression of his vision, by his simplicity, and humility. I will remember Ed all my life. He was a great man. He is still with us, and he is still caring for us as he has always done.

    Nancy, my warmest thoughts are with you, to give you confort during this difficult moment. I offer you my help for anything you might need.

    My deepest condolences to you and all the family.


  32. I definitely didn’t have the depth of relationship with Ed that many here have had, but it was always apparent to me what a good man he was. I remember talking to him just after he won the Entrepreneur of the Year award and how down to earth he always was from my vantage point. We joked that the least I could do for him was hold the elevator door. Hierarchy as needed for structure but not more than necessary. Everyone in through the back door of 6400 HQ and the like. Very Ed, Roger, and Mark, but how was I to know at the time what was what. I just knew it was right. Seeing him also many years later at Cheers as kind of a flashback, and what also ended up being a last chance encounter at Synergy in San Francisco in 2012. For those of you might recall with a grin, I believe he was wearing a Citrix Rock the Hood baseball cap from that little campaign.

    He changed so many people’s lives for the better, including mine, and I am so very grateful. Not many people have had that kind of life and effect. My condolences to all of the family.

  33. Hearing of Ed’s passing is exceptionally sad. My heart goes out to Nancy and family as do my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    There are a very select few people that you meet in your life that have such a profound effect on you that certain things happen many years later and elements of what you learned, experienced or witnessed come back in full view. Ed was one of those select few people. He had the creative vision and positively stubborn approach found in many entrepreneurs but managed to delicately balance them with the ability to make every person who was in his company feel as if they were the most important person to him. Ed possessed the ability to inspire and befriend like no other. He also had the capability to disarm and cajole even during the most difficult of times while simultaneously taking very technical concepts and enabling everyone with much lesser intellect than he to actually comprehend what we were doing! While the label of “genius” may be overused at times, I do not believe branding Ed I a “genius” and “trailblazer” would get any arguments to the contrary. Many of us including me, have moved on from Citrix physically and had successful careers. However, the truth be told we were all a part of something so special that few have ever experienced. There was nothing like the early Citrix and Ed I was the ringleader in every way. I am a better person having known Ed and just being around him was infectious.

    As for stories, my favorite is quite obscure but is one for the ages for sure. I joined the company in early 1997 right in the midst of the Microsoft free-for-all. I was interviewing for a job with Jim Felcyn and I remember asking at the time “what’s with all this Microsoft flap – are they going to kill the company?” Jim’s reply, and those that know and love Jim as I do remember that he is a straight arrow and has a wry sense of humor said “don’t worry – we have Ed up in Redmond working out the deal – he’ll get it done…..I think”. I asked Jim to speak with Ed so that I could hear his view. Jim looked surprised but connected me with him a few days later via phone. I had maybe 3 minutes on the phone with Ed and this is while he was IN REDMOND AT MSFT HQ negotiating a life changing deal for the company but yet he dedicated the 3 minutes to me to answer my question. I cannot remember exactly what he said but he was so focused, calm and confident that it was more than enough for me to sign up. Heck, just talking to the Chairman put me on cloud 9! About a month later he engineered the deal – frankly one that still astonishes me today realizing how creative and nervy it really was. So, on Mothers Day 1997 a bunch of us got calls to say that we had airplane tickets waiting for us at FLL to fly to New York . The idea was to make a big splash announcement with Wall Street, the press and do it on a stage for the world to see. Given the last minute nature, we were staying in different hotels, on different flights and everything was happening on the fly – it was crazy. Needless to say there were some snafus on the way like running out and trying to buy a printer at the last minute on a Sunday night in NYC so that we could proofread the document, halting trading at th NASDAQ, notifying all people in the wee hours etc. Needless to say Ed was in the middle of this storm of singular mind to finish the T’s and C’s of the deal, get everyone up to speed etc. Amazingly, in the midst of the malestrom Ed pulled me aside and asked “are you the Scott that I spoke to about a month ago on the phone?” I replied “yes” to which he smiled as only Ed could and instead of shaking my hand actually hugged me and said “having fun yet?” I was floored by his gesture giving all hell was breaking loose and the fact that that was the first time we actually met. That night we ate an astonishing dinner at Windows on the World, the likes of which may never be seen again. Ed was smiling and laughing the entire time knowing that we were really just at the beginning of what would be an exceptional ride for many people and Ed was the person who punched their ticket to get on the ride!

    As i said above, things will happen all the time that in some way or another remind me of Ed. I always picture his amazing smile, his hearty laugh and am grateful for what I have learned form him, the opportunity for which he provided to me and the fun times. Looking at the picture of Ed with Jose’ that is posted brought me to pause, smile and say to my boys – “i knew those two guys- and they changed my life for the better”. We have all lost an exceptional genius with a kind manner and someone each of us would not have hesitated to move mountains for. I will miss Ed.
    Best of health and happiness to all of you.

  34. I hope this story brings a smile to those in pain at this emotional time….after Ed, Barry and Roger closed the Microsoft deal in 95, I moved from vendor to employee with marcom responsibilities. One day Ed came by my office and beckoned….we went outside and got in his new, green, Mercedes 500XL…we headed west, top down, and after a white knuckle ride over the newly completed 595 fly overs at the Sawgrass…in an effort to distract him from the speed, I asked ‘where are we going?’ to which he replied ‘to buy a suite at the (then) office depot center’ where the Panthers were going to play. We were treated like gold and Ed handed me (as the marketing guy) a $300k contract and said ‘sign it’. The next morning I had Jim Feltson (CFO) in my office with some very direct guidance around my signing authority. So Ed.

  35. I remember Ed from when he was the IBM OS/2 architect at IBM, around v1.2, 1.3. It was the late 1980s. I had just joined IBM/Boca, the “Birthplace of the IBM PC”, a hotbed of activity in the booming world of the personal computer – Wow! Right about this time, Ed was leaving IBM! Perhaps he knew something I didn’t? He scooped up some talented former Harris collegues, (Mike Discavage, Brad Pederson, and few others) who were also new to IBM/Boca. Ed’s skill, drive and vision gave him the confidence that he could ‘tell the machine what to do’. (Perhaps it helps to write a lot of assembler at some point – OS/2 had a lot of assembler.) OS/2 had a series of architects; I recall Ed, Mike Kogan, Dave Medina, others? Citrix became an engine for innovation, jobs, growth, technical accomplishment and products that people appreciate and use. It sad to hear of Ed’s passing. Ed and other innovators of the PC industry are leaving behind great stuff for the next generation to build on.

  36. Time for memory 4 of my Top Ten, out of sequence but apropos.
    When we were on a chartered yacht to the Bahamas, Ed made a Dress Code.
    You will wear your tee shirts until they get soaked in seawater, or just stink to the point it got noticed.
    Well, Ed, I am up to the second standard tonight. Wore same tee since Friday in your honor. Even to dinner. With no pants.
    Yep, there was no pretentiousness in this man. /#4

  37. A memory: seated at the table of a New York Chinese restaurant in the early 90s watching Ed eagerly and confidently promoting the present and future of ICA and multiuser to a very influential but skeptical television network customer who knew we weren’t quite ready for “primetime” (but we would be soon). If Ed had any doubt about his technological vision he never showed any signs. A few hours later he and I found ourselves at one of those after hours tech convention parties where the conversation and music are loud, the lighting dim and the drinks flowing. Off across the room I spotted him chatting with one of the most well-known CEOs in computing (whose name is coincidentally signed on this very page). Surely, they were talking at an intellectually high level about the future of computing and how the world would soon work. Yet the conversation appeared so familial and relaxed they could just as easily have been talking about who got the best deal on rakes at Home Depot. That was Ed. Down-to-earth, gracious, optimistic…a very smart man with a great sense of humor and love for life. Though I have not seen Ed in many years I already miss him.

  38. As a longtime Citrix employee I had the privilege to meet Ed on his various trips to Europe and in Fort Lauderdale. He was an amazing man changing the world for all of us for the better. We owe him a lot if not everything. With his visionary thinking he created the foundation of what Citrix is now. And he created a working environment that was different, special and filled with his warmth. I believe very much that following saying of Arthur Schopenhauer applies to Ed and where he is now:

    “I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow.”

    My sincere condolences to his wife Nancy and his entire family.


  39. My memory of Ed is such a simple memory. As I sit thinking of him today, I picture us 9 years ago on the Island of Antigua. We were over by Nelson’s Dockyard or somewhere in that area. It was a beautiful Caribbean day.. blue water and blue sky… We sat outside having a drink –(Coco cola if memory serves)… and we were laughing.. just the 4 of us.. all in sync.. talking about everything and nothing… sharing hopes and dreams… Life was good on that lovely day………….. I see him now.. and I hear him… I wish you laughter Ed as you cross over for the next leg of your journey… You were loved by Many as this site attests to… You leave behind those who loved you most… Our prayers now are for God to tend to them…. Sail on Captain…
    Much love
    Rick & Jamie

  40. What a great man, what a great loss. I first met Ed in 1993 when I worked for Symantec as a consultant, doing a world wide deployment of Citrix WinView for remote access for their US and Global Sales department. With Kurt Moody at HQ, I had worked with the technical staff in Coral Springs to integrate Netware, Windows, and even added Norton Desktop to the mix, creating a virtual HQ office. During this time, I was asked to present at Networld + Interop on “How To Run Windows on a WAN.” Two gentlemen walked into my ‘classroom’ – Ed and Roger – and asked me to show them what I had done. When I learned who Ed was, I couldn’t wait to demo how his idea mushroomed into this system that gave every Symantec sales rep in the world access to all the data, applications and specific information for their job right from their computer – be it in South America, Australia, Italy…wherever they were based. In 1993! I was a tech evangelist, and Citrix was the holy grail. It wasn’t long before a job offer came my way, and I became the third field engineer hired by Citrix, employee 49, and my life was changed forever. Memories of working with Ed at many conferences, client presentations, and just hanging out, talking about all the ways we could change the world. One of our best times was at the first ICA Forum in San Diego. We stayed up till 1 in the morning just talking about all the potential that lay ahead. Also remember being in Disneyworld and dancing in the disco till all hours with the team singing and miming “My ICA” to the tune of “YMCA”. We had the whole club doing it. I have so many fond memories of Ed – working late, calling him for help, stopping in his office any time to give him an update on the next big client implementation. Ed sent me as an ambassador into many hostile camps – as an SE I got to integrate Oracle on Winframe for Larry Ellison, snuck into Sun Microsystems to train their tech support on how to use the Unix client, popped into PeopleSoft to show them how to improve WAN performance and wrote the white paper…and many more. Being part of the group that went Public in 1995 was an incredible experience. From Ed, I learned that employers could be warm, loving, caring and fun! The family trips to Sanibel, the Keys, Marco Island, Naples…sharing the wealth of all our work hard efforts into play hard family times. My personal relationship with Ed continued long after the Citrix years, and he acted as Mentor and Board Member for my further adventures in technology, and through a career change. His confidence never wavered, his support was always strong. He stood up for what he believed in, and we remained friends through all the ups and downs in life. It is with heavy heart that I write this, I miss him, and cannot believe that this great man is no longer with us. My heart goes out to Nancy Lee, his family and all the network of people that called him friend. Too soon, too great a man, too much spirit. He will live on in my heart and the hearts of all who knew him.

  41. I have so may great stories and thoughts of Ed swimming through my mind. I don’t know where to start.

    My earliest memory is that of being a newly hired employee sitting at my desk, my desk consisting of two file cabinets with a piece of wood (?) across them using a computer that Andy Stergiades brought in from home, and Ed stopping by to welcome me aboard. At the places I worked before this, no one beyond maybe the hiring manager would stop by and say welcome.

    But, here was Ed, taking time from his schedule to say Hi and seeing if there was anything that I needed. I didn’t feel like I was just starting a job. It felt different. It felt like I was being welcomed into a new family. And, that’s exactly what it turned out to be.

    There are so many other great Ed memories…

    Seeing him spread the word about ICA at trade shows like Network + Interop
    Sitting with him and discussing the value of taking over support of the Novell Network Access Server (NAS)
    Getting excited about having a Citrix “page” on CompuServe so our customers could post questions to us
    Stopping by my “Fiesta a la Ron” party at the Naples company weekend to hang out with the gang
    Some of those shirts he wore at the company weekends
    Always making time when you asked “Hey, do you have a minute?”

    As many have said, my life changed after meeting Ed and it was for the better. He’ll truly be missed, but never forgotten.


  42. Thanks for your friendship, the many sodas, and the encouragement to follow my dreams. Those were fun nights in Boca. May you find peace.

  43. I’m so sad. He was a great man and friend. And he gave the world’s greatest and warmest hugs. I’ll never forget you, Ed. May you rest in peace.

  44. I met Ed during the troubled times of OS/2.But i was able to have longer conversations with Ed whne he started Citrix.he was so passionate and interested in the world of technology.He had a long term view of the future and was excited about it.He was a visionary.
    But most of all i remember his amazing humor and what a great man he was.

  45. Three words– “larger than life”. Both personally and professionally. He is gone from this world, but his profound legacy and wonderful memories will absolutely be forever. Deepest sympathy and huge hugs to Nancy and the rest of Ed’s family.

  46. What an amazing man. I was hired by IBM in the top days of Boca in the mid 80;s….with no technical background but academic degrees and lots of curiosity! I was on the original OS/2 team, in those days EPCOT, and ended up learning more about technology from Ed than I could have with a PhD from any top university during those 6 years. He was a genius – but warm and willing to take the time to teach, guide and help those around him, even those who knew so little. I realized immediately how fortunate I was to work with such a talented person and dedicated team in Boca in those days! And that appreciate has grown as I have developed my own career over the years – and tried to emulate Ed’s sharing nature and visionary approach….he truly always did ask WHY NOT!
    I traveled the world working on OS/2 and the ThinkPad development – but the guiding star of knowledge and how to change the world was Ed . There are few like him and he will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched so generously, intellectually – and whose careers he helped!
    My deepest sympathies to the family for losing someone so truly unique, who has touched the lives of more than he could imagine – and so young.
    Warmest Regards,
    Cheryl Altany – from the old OS/2 team of the 80’s in Boca Raton!

  47. I never actually met Ed and yet he changed my life and gave me a precious gift. As the founder of Citrix he envisioned the very technology that is the core of my career today. That vision was so insightful and so perfect it grabbed my attention form the beginning and has held it to this day. As a result, I have a rewarding career, close friends and peers from around the world that I otherwise could never have known. In the process of these 20+ years I have helped many thousands of people improve their businesses, their work, their missions and organizations, and, the very quality of countless lives.

    Thank you Ed and may your peace be Eternal

  48. A celebration of Ed Iacobucci’s amazing life and accomplishments will be held on Monday, June 24 from 4-8 p.m. at Babione Funeral Home, 1100 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL. 561-395-8787
    Gifts to memorialize Ed may be directed to the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 760 Spring Street, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30308. Donations will establish a scholarship for engineering students with financial need.

  49. I had worked for IBM for over 25 years when Ed’s office called me in Somers, New York. Ed had gotten my name and wanted me to come to Delray to talk to him about joining Citrix. My life changed the day I met Ed. We sat out on his deck eating lunch and discussing how to move Citrix from being the “bandaid for poor performing client/server applications” to the next level.
    I liked Ed, a lot. I left IBM and joined Ed’s team in 1998. It was the best career move I ever made. Working for Ed was fun and invigorating. It was the best job I have ever had and ever will have.
    Ed was a visionary and a great guy. We will miss him. I will miss him.

  50. (post from email)
    Nancy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news.
    Please hang in there!
    Kindest regards,
    – Philippe

  51. We were able to be bedside the week before Ed’s passing to say our goodbyes, express some regrets for not being in touch the last few years and remember the good times. We laughed, we cried and parted with plans to be back together in two weeks, and although that won’t happen the world is a better place because of Ed.

  52. I lost a good friend on June 21. Ed was a brilliant, warm and caring friend. I loved his curiosity and willingness to take big risks and try new things. We grew up together in the high tech world and I admired how he could attract talented people to join him in his various pursuits. Ed cared a lot about nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. He and I attended many events together designed to pass on early days experiences in the high tech industry to young aspiring engineers.

  53. I knew Ed from his days at Citrix, representing the Company as they went public and in their relationship with Microsoft. I first got to know him while we were writing the prospectus, where Ed spent days with us explaining Citrix products, and how ICA could change the computing world. He saw and described to us the future like no one else in the industry had or could, a future filled with smart devices that were pure fiction in 1995, and ubiquitous in 2005. More than that, he had a big heart and an infectious laugh. Each visit to Boston always included a night at The Black Rose, or some other place for stories or laughs. Memories include a great trip to Ocean Reef in Key Largo (where Ed connected a laptop to a cellular modem through ICA from a boat and amazed us all), St. Bart, and an incredible Vegas party at their home. As a corporate lawyer, I was a regular attendee at Citirx annual meetings of shareholders, and I’ll never forget Ed taking the stage in May of 1997, the day after Citrix announced their new deal with Microsoft after three months of intense negotiations, and Ed receiving a standing ovation from the 500 or so stockholders in attendance! My guess is that an ovation like that was a first in corporate America! Ed will be missed by many, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and his family. I feel fortunate to have known Ed, and proud to have called him a client and a friend. RIP, Ed, a life well and fully lived…

  54. I will always remember Ed for his friendship, generosity, loyalty, and support. We shared many good times, and also some not so good times but he was a true gentleman regardless of the circumstance. He will be missed. Ed, rest in peace.

  55. While my time working with Ed and Nancy was short, only three years or so, I developed a tremendous respect for this man. Ed had a creative passion for doing new and exciting things. He shared his vision in a contagious way and we will always be better off with things he taught us along the way. I am thankful for all the experiences we were able to share.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the Iacobucci family.

  56. OMG! My last roommate at Georgia Tech from Fall 1972…..

    Weird, funny, and smart as hell, “The Diseased Iac (Yack)” was one I always remembered.

    Last time I saw him was before some Homecoming football game – he was dressed in a suit, in the old bookstore over on the west side of the campus near the old SAC, shopping for overpriced memorabilia, probably about 15 years ago.

    I also remember sitting in Germany around that time watching CNBC & one of the $$$ babes (Bartiromo or Herrerra) said they were going to be interviewing the young businessman of the year for his success with CITRIX. Needless to say, my jaw hit the floor when Iac came on.

    It’s particularly gratifying to read the comments of so many others who knew & appreciated Iac.

    RIP, old friend, RIP.

  57. I had the privilege of meeting a visionary once in my life and spoke to him three times. During those those conversations with with Ed, his kindness and intelligence became clearly apparent. Nancy and family, I’m sorry for your great loss, yet I hope your memories of him will make you smile in your moments of sorrow.

    In celebration of Ed’s life,
    Veronica Cherry

  58. bummer. lost a good piece of writing because i was logged in with my secret administrator name.
    #3 in my Top Ten. Getting a call saying that Dayjet N126DJ was inbound to land at it’s new home, Boca Airport. I threw cameras and video cameras in bag and hauled butt to the airport. got a golf cart to drive me to edge of tarmac. got set up just in time to see N126DJ start to land, then pull up and do a flyby. It was so cool.

  59. I have had the pleasure of working with Ed as a commissioned photographer for over 20yrs
    since the “Citrix” startup days up through his recent endeavors at Virtualworks . My experiences photographing him and his team members and projects along the way have always been a pleasant encounter for me and my team. Ed was always a respectful and courteous subject in front of the lens. He always made a point to speak personally with all of us involved , relating his interesting experiences as a way to connect with the people around him. I always could tell he was a caring person who was genuinely interested in what others had to say, regardless of how busy he was. I always enjoyed working with him and sharing stories about his own photography hanging on the walls of his offices. My thoughts on Ed are he was a true gentleman and genuine person. My condolences to his family.

  60. I have started with Citrix in Munich, Germany end of 1997 among the first 300 employees when I had the chance to see Ed regularely in our activities to build up the business in Europe. I also do well remember some talks with Nancy about fotography, an intense hobby for me.

    Ed made a great impression to me as someone with a deep insight into the future of IT, and I wish he had stayed longer then with Citrix and now with all of us on this earth.

    Nancy and all the others in Ed’s family that I have never met, my deepest feelings are with you now.

    Daniel Liebisch

  61. Ed has been a friend and inspiration since his first days at IBM, through the founding of Citrix to his final days with Virtualworks. His brilliant mind and kind heart are unsurpassed in the technology worlds he led and touched. Our thoughts are with Nancy and his family.

  62. I was lucky that Ed reached out to alot of people including myself in the early days of the tech boom. I originally met Ed in 1991, while he was with IBM touting OS/2 at an OS/2 Windows Conference. Our new org WUGNET had just started our publication, the first covering Windows and OS/2 called Windows Journal. Incredibly supportive and personal, he provided sincere encouragement of our efforts over the next few years for us. The original PC, OS/2, and then Citrix – what a profound contribution he’s made to industry and the millions of us who’ve benefited from his vision.

  63. From his first days at IBM, Citrix from it’s beginning and to his final days at Virtualworks Ed has been an inspiration and friend. His brilliant mind and kind heart are unsurpassed in the world he touched. Our thoughts and love to Nancy and his family.

  64. Ed was a brilliant man who never asserted his intelligence at the expense of others.

    He was a visionary entrepreneur who also happened to be a kind and generous person. That’s not just a rare combination, it may well be unique.

    I only met Ed a handful of times and I’ll never forget him. I’m sure the same is true for hundreds and hundreds of people.

  65. Ed changed my life forever in fact changed many of our lives forever. To me he was larger than life literally an intellectually. I was blessed to be able to visit him a few days ago, to share some laughs, remember some great times and to say goodbye…for now. I will miss him and the world will miss him…. We will meet again one day my brother. Your spirit…smile and big as life personality remains with all of us…
    Your friend….JT

  66. Now that I have caught up with approving all the wonderful memories that people have been submitting to a site that I just finished launching, I have time to reflect and add my own memories. Since we first met in early1990’s as he was working on Citrix IPO next door, Ed has been an integral part of my life. I have to make a Top Ten list, not in any particular order, this is real time, there are no scribbles.
    1) I am at Demo ’92, a shootout of techies in Desert California. I, (with Kevin Maier) are demoing OS/2 running multiple publishing and business applications and building in real time. Up walks a big scruffy guy, I read his nametag and say “what can I show you, you created it?”. He said “Yeah, but I want to see it do something.” So I did the demo and he approved.
    2) Ed made 3 attempts to hire me at Citrix. The first time, I was long haired, and Ed, Nancy, Mark Templeton, and maybe his wife, i dunno went to Cheesecake Factory. (the only time I ever went there OMG) and tried to see where I would fit in Citrix. Didn’t happen. The second time we “engaged” but ended up with me saying “I would rather be your friend than your employee”. The 3rd time, I did the interview merry go round, but while Citrix was thinking, Greg Norman Interactive offered to hire me on a jet to NYC. That was the end of my Citrix career.

    If i have to do 10, I am going to have to stop and take some voice notes and then write addendum posts. Building the website in a day was hard, this is harder. #rememberinged

  67. Ed Iacobucci had a profound influence on my life. On so many lives.

    I joined Citrix in October 1996 among the first 100 employees. This was back when the company was headquartered in a small, unimpressive office in Coral Springs, Florida doing $15 million per year. Back then, Citrix had a tradition of recognizing every new employee at the quarterly company meeting. Ed would throw out a Citrix polo shirt to each new person after their name was called. I was sitting in the back of the room when it was my turn, but Ed had no trouble reaching me.

    Ed instilled a ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality in Citrix’s corporate culture. Each summer, every employee worldwide–and their immediate family members–were invited to an all-expense-paid company weekend. My wife, Carrie, and I enjoyed company weekends in Naples, Marco Island, and Orlando, Florida. We ‘Citrites’ also enjoyed a ‘cold one’ after 5 o’clock each day from the in-house keg tucked away back in Engineering–at least until we implemented a formal human resources department!

    I’ll never forget having dinner with Ed and his (then) future wife, Nancy Lee, in Las Vegas the night after he won the 1998 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. I sat next to Ed as he told stories of growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and what it was like for Citrix in the early days. The next day, I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Gates during a cocktail reception before the SC Magazine Awards ceremony (in which Citrix was honored). The only thing Bill wanted to know was when was his friend, Ed, going to arrive!

    Ed was the textbook definition of a visionary. His vision spawned the multi-billion dollar virtualization industry. Throughout his career, Ed had the courage to follow the path less traveled. And we are all the better for it.

  68. Ed was a lovely, lovely man. I remember his great smile, his laugh and the warmth with which he greeted me one crazy afternoon at Fort Lauderdale airport, years after last meeting up at one of the many computer conferences we frequented. Ed was generous and kind. My deepest condolences go to all his family. My father also went very quickly from the same disease which makes Ed’s passing all the more poignant for me. May his memory be for a blessing.

  69. I remember Ed as just a nice guy who did not suffer from having to show he was the smartest guy in the room — a common affliction among serial entrepreneurs like Ed. He was a regular at Spencer F. Katt parties back in their day. RIP, Ed.

  70. The most genuine man I have ever known. He had a huge heart and a laugh to match. I cannot think of a time spent with Ed that didn’t end up with all of us in the room or restaurant or wherever laughing and having a great time. It didn’t matter what was going on in his company or in the world, spending time with Ed was always fun. It’s so hard to find people with that special combination of brilliance, modesty, warmth, and compassion. That was Ed. You are the best Ed. I will miss you.

  71. I am completely gutted by this news. I have so many fond memories of Ed and he was so kind to me. I now have an obituary to write and I am totally hacked off that I will remember everything about the sweetie. My heart goes out to those souls who love him, because I love him too Mike Magee

  72. So sad to hear this. I remember flying with Ed on one of his first Private Jet flights on Ben Rosen’s jet from Phoenix to santa monica. he was just getting the flying bug. Hung out with him a lot at Release 1.0 conferences etc. I will miss him.

  73. I am saddened to learn that Ed Iacobucci, the founder and visionary of Citrix died earlier today, a man that had probably influenced my career, and for that matter my interest in Information Technology more than anyone else I had ever met. I did not know Ed all that well, I did not know that he was battling pancreatic cancer even as I took part in a 5K this past weekend that supported pancreatic cancer research, nor did we ever cross paths after I left Citrix. Rest in Peace, Ed I.

    I am reminded today of an article from Harvard Business Review, that debated the merits of the disparate business models of explorers and exploiters. Many well-known companies and their leaders are remembered or become synonymous with industry dominance because of their exploits; Microsoft did not invent the PC, Lee Iacocca did not start Chrysler, the riches from an artist work is seldom enjoyed by the artist during their lifetime and though I was taught in grade school that Christopher Columbus was an explorer, he probably is much better remembered for the exploitation of the New World that began with his voyages. Even Apple didn’t actually explore as much as they have exploited; quite frankly, exploitation requires much less investment and delivers revenue and profits several multipliers above exploration, historically capitalizing on something known is much easier than creating something new.

    Ed Iacobucci was an explorer; probably the father of what has evolved into virtualization, taking a single, physical server and enabling multiple, simultaneous instances of Windows applications to efficiently use the platform. Cloud computing and “as a Service” methodologies owe their genesis in part to application service providers of the mid to late 1990s. Ed received many accolades over the years and his contributions to information technology are unquestionable, though as an explorer, he may not have and may never achieve the same fame of the flamboyant leaders of major technology firms. But I don’t really think Ed cared; his ideas were revolutionary rather than evolutionary, and his passions were in the technology that drives innovation and the technology boom that continues despite the dotcom economic bust that could have destroyed it if explorers had given up.

    I have fond, some humorous memories of Ed, my interactions with him taking place at company events and during some little long forgotten, internal to Citrix data center crisis unknown to shareholders, customers and probably most employees. We need more explorers, and sadly, we’ve lost a great one.

  74. Ed and I became trade show buddies in the 80’s when we would debate the merits of OS/2 Lan Manager. I have always enjoyed talking to Ed and will miss the twinkle in his eyes. My condolences to the family.


  75. Edi’s youngest Ricci cousin,

    I remember getting to visit my Tia Pipi, Tio Guillermo, you and Billy in Atlanta when Carlos, Steve and I were just kids.
    There is a memory of you that has ALWAYS stuck. An exceedingly intelligent young man with a beautiful spirit, genuineness, discernment, warmth and generosity unlike anyone I’ve ever known. I remember you from those days as affectionate and caring, wise well beyond your age. Even only having hung with you a few times since we were kids, I know your wonderful inner beauty, spirit and genius have only grown in insurmountable ways. Your level of innovation, creativity and accomplishment belongs to only a select few in this world. You’ve made me so proud to have him as my cousin….I can only say that I wish I could have gotten to know you better. My heart is so heavy with your passing, but I know you are now at peace….

    My deepest condolences and love go to Nancy, your three children, three grand children, mi Tia Costantina Iacobucci, and my dear cousin Billy Iacobucci.

  76. Our sincere condolences to the family. We wish that the good memories of Ed will help overcome the sadness of his physical absence. Our family’s prayers are with Ed and the whole Iacobucci family.

  77. One of my best early memories of working at Citrix as a young software engineer was of meeting with Ed to discuss a new project we were taking on. He had a gentle reverence for the art of software and I recall how he made me feel so proud of what we were doing. Throughout the years he served as an inspiring symbol of what a determined visionary could accomplish. Nancy and family I’m so sorry for your loss.

  78. I first met Ed in the earliest days of OS/2. Although I only met him in person a few times, I was always impressed by a humility that was so genuine and I was amazed when I contacted him years later and he remembered me in detail.
    If ever they compile a list of true visionaries, Ed’s name will surely be near the top of the list.

  79. Smart, visionary and and all around good guy. Working with him at IBM was fun, enlightening, inspiring and finishing many days at Moe’s is a time I will look back on with a smile. He will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

  80. Ed,
    You have been such an inspiration to me during our 20 years of working together and friendship. For a small town Alabama girl, these years have been among the most exciting, high point of my life so far.
    I want to thank you for giving me a chance all those years ago during our interview at Shells in Sunrise. Your belief in me has opened up incredible worlds, experiences and opportunities for me – for which I am ever grateful. I have learned so much from you about start-ups, disruptive markets, company culture, marketing and tenacity.
    We have seen highs and lows together, and you always managed to exemplify grace under pressure. You have been a great mentor, boss and friend to me.
    Thank you for all that you are and all that you have done for myself and thousands of others.
    I will miss you every day.

  81. I didn’t know Ed very well but had the chance to speak with him several times at the old upside down building in Coral Springs, FL. as well as the new building in Fort Lauderdale, when I became lucky enough to work for the great company he built. I was struck by how down to earth he was, no pretense or airs. He was one of the regular guys! I missed his influence greatly after he left our company, it just wasn’t the same without him. Rest In Peace Ed. My greatest sympathy goes out to his family, we all share in your grief.

    Linda Bruck

  82. Thanks for the trust you placed in me, your openess, your big brain and bigger heart. Thanks for the quiet laughs, drinks over political talk, your hopefulness, your restless spirit. I’ll miss you and I am happy to have been able to tell you what your friendship meant to me just days ago. You were fearless and knew how to stand in the fire. Thank you, Ed.

  83. I have so many memories of Ed that I cherish. I just can’t think of them all right now. But I can say that I’m lucky to have known him, been inspired by him, and had the chance to storm some bunkers, fight some good fights and win more battles than were lost. It has been a privilege.

    Nobody on this Earth got my mind “thinking” like Ed and the fact that fate crossed our paths, as I tried to use Winview to deliver a huge Peoplesoft deployment over an x.25 network way back when Dial-up was the only supported method, created a confluence of events that changed my life. Forever and for the better. A few days later I flew to Florida, and went to Boca to meet Ed, Roger and the engineering team and a little bit of history (in my life for sure) was made.

    I can still remember Kurt Moody in a bathing suit and flip flops walking (crawling) around the office running wires and everyone laughing at this kid from NY in a Wall Street Black Suit and tie with the 96 degree heat and humidity. I knew it was the start of an adventure. But had no idea it was the greatest one of my life…

    One moment has come to me. It was special as it was just Ed and I. Circa 1993. It was at the Boca Country Club at a bench in between some of the golf holes. Ed was shaking his head at me, wondering why Roger, Mike P., Bill, Jones, etc and I loved golf. I reminded him it was a “love / hate” type of thing and rarely “fun” while it was happening. I changed the subject to something we both loved. ICA protocol…

    We started chatting and HOURS later we realized the sun was starting to set. Time flies when you are having fun you know. Ed and I shared that “fun”. Two geeks having a discussion about what the future would be like with the evolution of the internet, with the driving factors of business consolidation/globalization/work-from-home/remote, and all of the complexity we would face and how Citrix needed to be simple and FAST. That’s how ‘we’ were positioned back then, FAST access over dial-up modems as a core message. ICA was slim and other protocols were fat. Even new advances that promised to be skinny, would all become fat as functionality was added. He knew what the world would bring. History would repeat itself. I didn’t doubt him.

    The last hour of our conversation was him “pitching me” on the reality of why ICA was actually ground breaking. It had to do with “Predictability”. I said, “Yeah, I get that, but it’s because it’s SLIM and that is the message to the clients Ed. Trust me.” He said “I do trust you. But are you listening? As we emerge from Dial-up and Local Networks (LAN) where we are today to BIGGER WAN environments over disparate networks and the internet, ICA is the only PREDICTABLE protocol. That is the essence. Speed and being slim are relative, predictability is absolute.” We ended our chat with the mutual agreement that there was a fine line to be walked between current and future positioning… With current sales being paramount. We then walked to the bar and Roger Roberts, Mike Passaro and Dirk were there and the rest became blurry… Very! I do remember laughing lots and wanting to pitch everyone on my new found intelligence into the future of what Citrix would be in the new age of networking. I’m sure we only talked about sports or fishing or boats or whatever boys will do.

    Years passed. Citrix went public. Things were great. Then came February 1997. I was giving a presentation for Citrix at the top of the World Trade Center in Windows on the World at an investor conference. Bill Fistori of Deva Systems (MA) turned out to be there. I remember his smiling face from the crowd. I was one of the larger Citrix integrators in the country and I was to explain how wonderful things were in the marketplace and how Citrix would continue to dominate in the FUTURE as they had been in the past since IPO. Just as I was about to get to the podium, something awful happened… I was given the Wall Street Journal announcement that Microsoft was terminating the NT license from Citrix and the stock was crashing, the company was done, all was to be lost. ( The host asked if I wanted to cancel my presentation under the circumstance!

    I immediately thought about my mortgage, my car payments, my devastation… Then I thought about Roger, Ed, Mike and Mark and how they would smile, how they would take a deep breath, and how they would deliver. The show must go on! This could not be taken from us and even though I was devastated I wasn’t going out with a fight! I gleamed the news report quickly, laughed in complete disrespect and said to myself “Here is a life moment for me, for Citrix, for everyone involved. Everybody, everywhere, needs to be on point. Go time!” and hit the podium. I didn’t have Nike (Just do it!) or Tiger Woods (I AM Tiger Woods) in my mind, I had Ed. I had our conversation from 4 years ago on a bench in between some golf holes in Florida in me. I was ready. Preparation had met it’s opportunity and WE delivered. I smiled and opened with “Have ya’ll heard the good news?” and the audience laughed and I rolled… I talked about how the Citrix ecosystem of partners, channels and customers were too big and too important for Microsoft to disrupt and all would be fine shortly (Roger had taught me well). “Bet on it!” I recall saying, but perhaps that is just what I wanted to say. Let’s pretend that happened. What did happen was I began to discuss that while Microsoft and the underlying Multi-Win NT kernel was “important” in the past, that Citrix was way way beyond that moving forward. Who knew what the OS platforms of the future would be in the internet age? Let’s talk about the future people! Let’s talk about ubiquity. Let’s talk about predictability. Let’s realize that as we move to mobile devices, smart phones and other revolutionary internet devices not even predicted as of yet, CITRIX is the company that will take you there. PREDICTABLY. That these devices can DEPEND on CITRIX and PLAN their architectures and capabilities and requirements TODAY even though they can’t predict the exact details of what will be in the future. Citrix was the future and it was because we were predictable. Our vision was clear and did not change with the wind (Thank you Mark) or because of Wall Street Journal reports. We were Citrix and we had only just begun. A combination of all those great men helped me that day, but it is without doubt, that my confidence to deliver in the clutch was mostly influenced by the teachings of Ed on that bench and every day thereafter.

    That was the last time I was at the top of the World Trade Center. Such a bittersweet triumph it has always been. Now it has a new meaning for me. I will remember Ed. I wish he would have been there to hear me deliver. He would joke that while I “used to be a tech guy” that I was more of a Roger and Mark disciple interested in sales and marketing and such. Can’t argue that, but that day Ed, I was all yours and I was great! Never been better. Thank you Ed.

    See you again some day my friend.



  84. More than remembering Ed for his technical wisdom and visionary abilities, or for being the entrepreneur and business man you want to look up to, I’ll remember him just as a simple, good guy, with a warm, caring and loving heart, and a perennial smile in his face. Had many talks with him on numerous occasions. At the office, at the parking lot, at the coffee shop where he used to have his breakfast in the mornings. He always treated me like family. Since the first day I met him at DayJet, he always made me feel welcomed, included, and respected. Ed, I will never forget you.

  85. I am so saddened by this news. The world has lost a legend. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Nancy and the Iacobucci family. You will be missed —God Bless.

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