Remembering Gary Bahadur: ‘The world will miss you’
Gary Bahadur was a serial founder always thinking ahead of his time, a brilliant technologist and information security specialist, author, and a kind and humble friend to many in the Miami tech community. He passed away earlier this month, gone too soon. As one friend said, “Gary represented the potential of Miami’s startup community before any one else believed in it.” Here are some remembrances from #MiamiTech, compiled by Jose Li.
In the law, we describe a highly respected and admired attorney as a “lawyer’s lawyer.” In that respect, Gary Bahadur was an “entrepreneur’s entrepreneur.” He was the epitome of a startup founder and the brains behind several successful companies. He loved all aspects of the life of a high-growth technology entrepreneur – the positive and the negative. He lived for morning panel discussions, afternoon foosball tournaments, sponsored pizza happy hours, late night wine-filled strategy sessions, and everything in between. And he endured the financial challenges, investor rejection, and sleepless nights with a smile on his face. He didn’t care about the money, but rather finishing the current sprint and getting to the next round of financing. He was generous with his time, insightful in his approach, and he lived for the mutually beneficial collaboration. Gary represented the potential of Miami’s startup community before any one else believed in it. In doing so, he brought together and supported entrepreneurs – ensuring that they knew how to build a product, raise funds, and achieve a successful exit, as he had. Miami’s tech community lost a foundation pillar in Gary Bahadur. As his attorney, co-founder, and most importantly, his friend, I was lucky enough to benefit from the radiance and inspiration that his presence created. And his memory will live long past his earthly journey and continue to impact lives for years to come.
Gary was old school South Florida tech. He has been a cybersecurity expert here in the sunshine since back in the 00’s, when the tech scene was not what it is today. He was also a very close friend. One of my best ever.
James A. Stepan
I remember Gary’s kindness, good nature, humor, intellect, heart, and the way he made people feel welcome around him — he had a way of instantly making you feel comfortable.
Ours was a friendship in virtue. I had inspired him through the professional associations I ran and the many events he attended, which were rich in learning and connections. In turn, he inspired me to co-author a book with him, and we invited our friend Jason Inasi to join us. Thanks to Gary’s previous book and connections, we were picked up by a major publisher, McGraw Hill, and we dove into a demanding, deadline-filled, year-long effort of writing and editing. It was an early book about social media, published in 2011.
From what I know, Gary lived a full, active life. Over time, our respective lives took over and we drifted apart. His inspiration and the good memories remain and I miss him.
The memory of his liveliness and his early departure are a reminder not to take life for granted, for it is precious and sacred. Rest in Peace, my friend, you live on in our cherished memories.
Thank you, Alex de Carvalho
Gary was a brilliant technologist. We had the opportunity to work together during the Incubate Miami technology incubation program in 2009. At the time he was developing a groundbreaking supply chain risk management application to assess risk, and provide real time notifications when a potential supply chain failure was happening. For example, by registering your shipping carriers or your vendors at each stage of the supply chain, if there was a natural disaster that interrupted one of the supply chains, immediately you would be notified of the interruption to your business. If this adopted during Covid we would have been much more ready. Long live your spirit Gary Bahadur, the world will miss you.
I met Gary back in 2010 when he was founding Razient and I knew from that moment that this entrepreneur was thinking ahead of his time. He was always focused on creating the best product, and the strongest and most influential company. As a leader, Gary always seemed to know the correct path and had the ability to lead his team in the most valuable direction. People always seemed to believe in Gary and follow in his footsteps. Gary exemplified the ideal of ingenuity and success and he was bold enough to think differently. All around us I can see the impact Gary had on the people he knew and the world around him. He had a profound impact on our South Florida startup community, and for that, we should all be thankful.
I was highly impressed when meeting Gary a decade or so ago. Who would have thought that someone in Miami would be building a supply chain risk software company? Gary had a previous exit, was kind, humble, down to earth. I was fortunate to know Gary’s 2 sides – his funny, social, always laughing, always cheery, yet at the same time serious, diligent, and so knowledgeable about his business. Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey – Gary was a constant member of a group of tech founders who ‘commiserated over drinks’ – way back before we knew what EO and YPO Forum groups were.
Gary, may you rest in peace.