I never met Martin, but I heard an awful lot of good things about him. Sad news indeed.
I remember that PubCon very much, it was there that I met a lot of people who are now friends.
Funny that 1st time I met Martin, he was very rude and arrogant to me, but during those 2-3 days we got on real well which led to 3 years of very close friendship.
It's a great loss whenever anyone dies, but to die so young is even more tragic.
Martin used to love doing random stuff, at 1 PubCon, we came up with the plan to make £500 for our night out, I acted as his PR AGENT and we very nearly got some unsuspecting member to pay £500 to have lunch with Martin, in the end we scrapped the idea and went out anyway ...
Today has seen me chatting to people who I have not spoken to for a long time, people such as Oilman etc, and we all I am sure felt the same hurt and pain at this tragic news.
I am hearing that there may be a couple of gatherings in USA and Europe in honour/memory of Martin, and I am sure he would have approved of that .
My thoughts go out to his family and friends
I have met him a few times, he was a great person and his knowledge (for his age) was unbelievable
a sad loss indeed and my thoughts go out to his friends and family
photos from pubcon 5, the life and soul of the party [davidnaylor.co.uk]
I met him at Boston 2003 sitting on a couch in he lobby next to Shak and DaveN and connected with him again when he was with Lundkenner... he was the definition of a hustler (in a good way) and it's a shame he was taken so soon. I keep his family and friends in my prayers.
I just remembered a tid bit about our last lunch.
We walked around for about an hour looking for places to eat. I finally picked the place and we sat down. In the middle of lunch, this beautiful woman who was obviously a model, came up and gave Martin a hug and asked why he hadn't called her in a long time. They chatted/flirted like old friends for awhile and she was off. At the time I was surprised at how random that was to run into someone he knew in the middle of New York City; but that was Martin - he knew everyone.
BakedJake introduced me to Martin in Stockholm when he was 19 and then in London Shak reacquainted me with Martin and we became close after that and he would often look me up on his trips to LA. Being both master networkers I think we sought each other out to expand our networks. The stories were always out of this world but for some reason I didn't doubt him - much. ;)
I still don't believe it and think I will run into you around the corner somewhere around the world which has happened often.
ThomasB just sent me a picture of PubCon 2004... when we stayed up all night playing poker in the hotel lobby. Martin, Chris_R, ncw164x, DaveN, and Thomas, as well as a few who were in and out all night. They threatened to kick us out of the hotel for running an illegal gambling operation.
It was always neat to get a call from Martin out of the blue. Some strange request for Hitwise data, or some one-word introduction usually with two names and then "Speak".
Like Shak, I too find myself speaking with people today about Martin that I haven't talked to in a long time. While his death is sudden and sad, lots of funny stories that make you laugh and good memories being spoken of.
I met Martin a few times in London - he had a great mind and was fun to be around, if Martin was in a conversation you knew it wasn't going to be dull.
A sad loss to the SEO community and to the internet.
Martin was simply bigger than life. I remember that poker night in London with bakedjake and the crew. I'm sure Martin left with some of my money LOL.
This business has changed a ton over the years and people have come and gone but we have all remained friends. Some of my dearest friends are from those early days and treasure those relationships.
Here's the kicker with a guy like Martin - in life he brought so many of us together and even now he continues to do that very same thing.
I'll miss the random IMs from Martin. Everything from "Hey man - when did you do ..." which was always something I could never figure out he knew it was me, or "Hey man - I'm on my cell and don't have my wallet. Can you book me this room on Hotels.com?".
>> I'll miss the random IMs from Martin
me too, always some ridiculously obscure tech question he feels I would know, I usually did but I'm not totally sure how he knew to ask me
very, very sad news but very good memories
A nicer chap you couldn't meet.
We had some fine discussions over the years, many unfinished, and I still find it hard to believe I won't get the opportunity and pleasure to speak with Martin again.
He passed on some of his personal magic, and through that, made all our lives richer.
I just saw Martin on the beach a month ago and it seemed like we had just gotten back together again after a few weeks of not seeing each other. It had been a couple of years since I had seem Martin and he stayed at my house and took care of my daughter, (who normally dislikes strangers), but she loved Martin from the first moment.
Life is such a fickle thing. Martin, you will be missed by all.
I saw the local news about the plane crash and at that time they had not released any names. They were in a two seat Italian stunt plane.
2 killed in Santa Monica plane crash
It is always sad to see these topics. My condolences to family, loved ones and friends.
I was stunned to hear the news yesterday. We worked together on FareCompare so we were always having these great conversations about things related to that site.
Martin was a great friend, and truly a rare individual in this industry. He will be so greatly missed by so many.
Brett, I linked to your thread in the Pub at Cre8asiteforums.
To all who knew and loved Martin, we join you in paying our respects and expressing sorrow at his untimely death.
Kim Krause Berg
I only had the pleasure to meet Martin a few times over the years and I have to admit that every time I met him, I admired him. His way of communicating with people, the intelligence as well as what he achieved in his life at this young age was incredible.
I think his knowledge of nearly everything, his networking skills as well as his life certainly set a goal for me and I'm sure that it motivated me quite often to go even further and work harder on things and brought me to where I am. Thank you!
Needless to say that I was shocked when the news came out and it took me minutes and several tries to make a call to Shak as I just couldn't believe it. Just so sad.
Martin, you will be missed, rest in peace!
I only met him three times or so - certainly was a unique and entertaining guy!
I first met Martin in London 2002 and last saw him in Las Vegas 2007. As other have mentioned, his intellect burned with a brilliant fire, and I'm quite saddened to know we'll never touch base again. His comprehension had an incredible reach, seeing large-scale patterns clearly where many of us could barely sneak a blurry glimpse.
He was an intrepid and fearless entrepreneur, easily tackling very big business ideas at an age where his age itself was something of a barrier. It never stopped him.
Martin - fare well!
The photos are great, Brett -- though they make me sad to think how young he was. Few people I've known have seemed so full of life. Martin seemed a whirlwind of activity, and you could only sit back and admire how he seemed to be everywhere and touching everyone at so young an age. It's hard to imagine he's not going to be popping up here or there. I'd like to imagine he's cutting a big VC deal in Heaven right now :)
So sad to hear. I never met Martin but have corresponded with him more than a few times over the years. I would have never guessed he was so young.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Really sad that we've lost such a talented young man. My condolences to his family and friends.
I really enjoyed talking with him - hard to believe I won't get the chance anymore. Rest in Peace Martin.
I met him at one of the pubcons - either Boston or Orlando. I was amazed at how well a very young person handled himself.
Morten Lund's post was the saddest thing I've ever read. Ivana and I only met Martin a few times at bars and conferences but we felt we knew him pretty well and had a lot of time for him.
I can't believe such a young, extraordinarily talented young guy like Martin could just stop being like that -- it's too much, really.
The world is significantly less without him.
It's so sad.
I've known Martin since the very first Pubcons in London and as Shak mentions, he was in fact a bit arrogant and kept on being it every time I met him - I think it might have been a teenage or Danes vs. Swedes thing, but we did have some fun times and being almost neighbors, we joked about all the other freaks in the business.
I also remember the very long nights at the Thistle Islington drinking, smoking and having a great time with all the guys and the kid. He was soo much younger than all of us, but certainly one of the sharpest.
He would suddenly show up out of the blue and at one point he was living and working almost in my back yard here in Copenhagen. Truly a world traveler at a very young age who will be missed.
I hadn't heard from him in about a year. This comes as quite a shock. RIP, Martin.
Very sad indeed.
I wasn't fortunate enough to meet Martin in the flesh, but we'd been back and forth via sticky-mail, IM and Skype for so long. I'm really saddened by this loss. I guess it's true what they say about the candle that burns brightest...
Enigma, he will be missed.
I couldn't believe this when Oilman first mentioned it last night. I'm so sad. He was quite a character and he'll be sorely missed.
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