Adventurous Silicon Valley Software Guru Killed in Brazil

Michael Kanaley rode his motorcycle in thunderstorms, backpacked through Pakistan and told his Palo Alto software company that he was moving to Brazil. He persuaded his boss to let him keep his job and jet to Silicon Valley for monthly meetings. It was the perfect lifestyle for an adventurous spirit — until somebody shot the 41-year-old father of two in the face, killing him in a resort town near his adopted home of Rio de Janeiro. Now, friends here are mourning the tragic death of Kanaley, a principal architect at Palo Alto's Tibco Software. "Every one of us wants to live their life that way, but we often let fear overtake us," said longtime friend Larry Neumann, a software engineer in Mountain View. "Not Mike." His brother, Jim Kanaley, of Salt Lake City, told the Mercury News that his younger brother was driving on the morning of Jan. 5 from a hotel in the town of Buzios to see an attorney; he was looking to buy a new place in the wake of a breakup with his longtime girlfriend.