We are sad to report the passing of Joe Hruska, founder and CEO of RescueTime, after a long battle with cancer. Almost 10 years ago, the idea for RescueTime was incubated and taken to Y Combinator with Tony Wright and Brian Fioca. Robby Macdonell and Mark Wolgemuth were involved in various ways from the beginning before joining full time. We all got to know Joe well (and some were friends long prior), and learned to appreciate Joe’s calm, confident, and considerate approach to business building and team building. Working with Joe is being included in a family. We all gained perspective and skills with his leadership, and grew as friends while at it.
We who got to know Joe observed that he believed that work served life, and RescueTime as a collection of ideas and as model of operation does its best to reflect that; the idea that work should enrich and enable life, both at home and the office. He had the hope that RescueTime could help people structure their days to feel better about their accomplishments, and free more time for the core aspects of being human: loved ones and family, life experience, and the spirit to create.
Joe took principles of building to help, and helping to build, outside the business to peers and friends as well. He had an interest in supporting new ideas and innovative technology, including things related to space, virtual reality, and the application of technology to daily life. He encouraged and supported people to take risks on projects that inspired them.
Joe battled a difficult neuroendrocine cancer for an extended period of time. Throughout the struggle, he maintained an unbelievable will and positive energy that kept us all looking up and forward. He carefully mentored and managed RescueTime through the process of making sure we were all set up for success individually, as a team, and as a company.
RescueTime is thankful for all the support it has received over the years from our board and friends and community, and particularly for advice and assistance offered as Joe navigated this time with us. A special thanks to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for providing exceptional care for the Hruskas.