Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Gary Frisch: RIP

Gary Frisch, the co-founder of Gaydar, the phenomenally successful gay dating website, was found dead on Saturday.

Gary and his then-partner, Henry Badenhorst, moved to England from South Africa in 1997 and co-founded QSoft, an information technology consultancy firm, that owns the Gaydar brands. Gaydar was launched two years later. Today, it's believed to be earning more than £1m a year, has more than four million subscribers and is one of Britain's busiest internet sites. Last year, Gaydar was included in the list of Britain's 'Coolbrands' by the Superbrands organisation, an independent authority on branding.

From the Daily Telegraph:
Gary Frisch was born on January 22 1969 in Cape Town. While working for the De Beers industrial diamond firm, he studied computer sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

On graduating, he set up his first computer software company, Frisoft Software, which he later sold to Q Data (now Business Connection, one of South Africa's biggest information technology companies) in 1994. He became technical director of one of Q Data's divisions until 1997, when he and Badenhorst moved to Britain to launch QSoft Consulting, which they originally formed to develop revenue management systems for the Dutch airline KLM.

Gary was found dead beneath the window of his eighth-floor London flat. At this stage, the police do not suspect foul play but have not ruled out suicide. Known to be a shy man, he'd probably not relish the media attention that his death has attracted.

At 38, most of his life was still ahead of him. Gary, rest in peace.


Blogger Minge said...

This is really tragic. Poor guy.

10:46 am  
Blogger Terri said...

Tragic indeed.
Now, without intending to sound insincere about it because I'm really not... I love what you've done with the place, you clever boy! I must just add, though, that I really liked the old background too and I'll miss it. This is very cutting-edge though.

2:01 pm  
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