Allen Stern, an early blogger, entrepreneur and great human being, passed away last week. His sister, Sari Rosenberger, posted the sad news on Facebook. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed, and came as a shock to those who knew him, triggering an outpouring of condolences across the social networks. Ever helpful and always responsive, he will be sorely missed.
Allen was a fixture on the New York tech networking scene and an asset to the local community. In the early days of Web 2.0 the media paid no attention to the somewhat nascent tech scene here, but through his blog, Center Networks, Allen shined a light on its growth, reporting on every event and startup. Center Networks became the go-to destination for many of us looking for news on the tech and startup communities. After selling that business, Allen launched CloudContacts, a company that lets you scan the business cards you collect into a database which then automatically connects you to your new contacts through social networks, email and CRM systems.
Two years ago, Allen moved from his hometown of New York to Austin, Texas for health reasons. He had stopped blogging to focus on getting fit and losing weight. He launched Let’s Talk Fitness and shared his journey toward creating ‘a whole new me,’ which included a change of diet to more healthy meals and lots of green smoothies and juices. He lost 125 pounds and completed a 5K race in 2012, just one year after hardly being able to walk, as he had become so heavy. Because he was Allen, of course he had to do the website in an attempt to help others with the same problem that he had struggled with all of his life.
He will be missed by the many thousands whose lives he touched, but we know there is a green smoothie there in Heaven waiting for him.