We were deeply saddened to learn that Khaled Bichara, one of Oxide’s angel investors, died in a car accident in Cairo on Friday night.
Those of us who have known Khaled for years have known him to be a bold investor who appreciated hard technical problems – and also a profoundly decent person, who cared deeply for his family, his companies, and his country. Khaled’s stories of kindling entrepreneurship in Egypt were inspiring to any who heard them – and served as a reminder of the reponsibility that we all have to our broader communities. Our most recent conversation with Khaled – just a few short months ago – remains vivid: he was excited by our technical vision and thrilled to be a part of Oxide. For our part, we were looking forward to a long journey together, and to making good on his belief in us; we are gutted to have lost him so abruptly. Our heart goes out to his family, and to all those who he touched over his career; Silicon Valley may be a long way from Cairo, but his impact and legacy will be felt here for years to come.