Keith “The Original CoFounder” Tatham
October 13th, 1991 – December 16th, 2016
On December 16th, 2016 Keith Tatham lost his battle with cancer. Keith battled desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT) which most notably has a survival rate of 15% after 5 years. Keith fought the disease for 7.
I’ve known Keith for 12 years. He’s been my right-hand man in every start-up, every pursuit, and all the whimseys in between. He was my best-friend.
Keith helped conceive the original idea of Firedove Technology. He joined as The Original CoFounder a few months after I had started and was the reason we were able to establish an physical office. Keith ended up going on medical leave from the company as his health became increasingly difficult to manage.
As Issac Newton said, ‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.’ Yesterday, I lost the giant whose shoulders I’ve been standing on for the past decade.
Keith is largely responsible for most of my innovations. Him and I would spend collectively days vetting idea after idea. Those close to me, would typically hear my latest pitch for a new product preceded by ‘Keith thinks it’s a good idea, so it must be pretty good’. His opinion became a gold standard for innovation.
There is so much to say about Keith. I could spend a lifetime telling stories about him and lionizing him as he deserves to be.
But at this exact moment my heart is shattered and I’m still struggling to grasp what has occurred. I ask my clients for patience during this trying time. I will be in touch and try to meet all of our obligations.
I love you Keith.
I miss you Keith.