Bill Clinton Pens Touching Tribute in Memory of Tony Hsieh

Former President Bill Clinton joins the growing list of high-profile leaders who are remembering Tony Hsieh with touching tributes.

Three days after the Zappos luminary died of complications from smoke inhalation, Clinton wrote on twitter tonight that he enjoyed every conversation he had with the game-changing executive.

“He was fascinating, brilliant and inspiring, and his unwavering efforts to spread happiness — and enthusiasm for mentoring young entrepreneurs — touched countless lives for the better.”

In 2014, Hsieh sat down with Clinton during a forum at the Clinton Global Initiative America event. “Most innovation actually comes from something outside your industry being applied to your own,” Hsieh told the former President on stage.

In addition to Clinton, many other major names from footwear, fashion, entertainment, politics and business have come forward in the past few days to herald Hsieh’s game-changing ideas and huge heart.

Delivering happiness was the executive’s mantra. As he built Zappos, Hsieh’s chief goal was to redefine the meaning of company culture. From the beginning, his singular vision set the company apart as a pioneer in footwear e-commerce and corporate America.

“The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being,” said Zappos CEO Kedar Deshpande in a note to employees on Friday. “We recognize that not only have we lost our inspiring former leader, but many of you have also lost a mentor and a friend. Tony played such an integral part in helping create the thriving Zappos business we have today, along with his passion for helping to support and drive our company culture.”

Kenneth Cole said, Hsieh had a unique to reimagine how business could be done, how to connect people in the process — and on how to make a meaningful and sustainable difference. He is leaving his footprints on the shoe industry he transformed, on Las Vegas … and on countless people he touched along the way.”

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