Colin Kroll

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Colin Kroll
United States
DiedDecember 16, 2018 (aged 34)
Alma materOakland University
Known forCo-founded Vine and HQ Trivia

Colin Kroll (1983/1984 – December 16, 2018[1]) was an American entrepreneur who co-founded the video hosting service Vine and the trivia game app HQ Trivia.


Kroll attended Oakland University where he studied computer science.[2][3]


Kroll worked as an engineering manager at Yahoo from 2007 to 2009 and as chief technology officer at Jetsetter from 2009 to 2013.[4] He met Rus Yusupov and Dom Hofmann while working at Jetsetter. Hofmann, Kroll and Yusupov founded the video hosting service Vine.[5][6] Kroll worked as general manager of Vine through 2014.[3] Vine was acquired by Twitter in 2012 (though was shut down 4 years later).[7] After working at Twitter following the acquisition, Kroll was dismissed following "bad management" and extensive allegations of workplace sexual abuse of women.[5] Kroll and his business partner Yusupov formed Intermedia Labs, the company behind HQ Trivia.[6] The real-time trivia game app was launched in 2017, climbing to the top of Apple's free game app chart during the early months of 2018. Kroll and another board member forced Yusupov, who was the CEO of Intermedia Labs, out of his position and Kroll took over as CEO.[1]


After Kroll's girlfriend received no response when she called him, she asked NYPD to visit his New York City apartment.[8] Kroll was found dead at the age of 34[1] of a suspected drug overdose.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Wattles, Jackie (December 16, 2018). "Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, found dead". CNN Business. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd (December 16, 2018). "HQ Trivia and Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll Dies at 34". Variety. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b C., Wheeler, Jill. Vine. New York: ABDO Digital. ISBN 9781680775792. OCLC 1003742778.
  4. ^ Ferré-Sadurní, Luis; Maheshwari, Sapna (December 16, 2018). "HQ Trivia and Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll Dies, Apparently of Overdose, Police Say". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Wagner, Kurt (December 18, 2017). "HQ Trivia's founders are facing fundraising roadblocks after investors learned of alleged bad behavior". Recode. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Graham, Megan (January 16, 2018). "HQ Trivia's Scott Rogowsky Doesn't Want You To Cheat (And Yes, Those Eyebrows Are All Natural)". AdAge. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Heine|October 27, Christopher; 2016. "Twitter Just Shut Down Vine 4 Years After Buying It for $30 Million". Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Gioino, Catherina; DeSantisi, Rachel; Ray, Esha (December 16, 2018). "Vine, HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll dead at 34 of apparent drug overdose in SoHo apartment". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Lomas, Natasha. "HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll found dead of suspected overdose". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 16, 2018.