In Memoriam: Reggie Bradford

SVP of Global Startup Ecosystem was Bristol's champion in deciding the location for Oracle's Startup Accelerator
7th November 2018

On Monday 22nd October 2018, we lost Reggie Bradford, SVP of Oracle’s Global Startup Ecosystem, after his courageous sixteen-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home in London surrounded by his adoring family.

Bristol first met Reggie when he launched Oracle’s Startup Cloud Accelerator at the Engine Shed at the beginning of 2017. He was so enthused about Bristol after spending time here he decided that our programme should be based here rather than London.

 
His personality filled any room, and Reggie’s vivacious spirit never failed to energize people. Known for his candour, humour, generosity, inclusivity, and kindness, even his presence could make you feel like the person you wanted yourself to be. He always gave me such confidence when spending time together, there was no hierarchy and he always made me see the value in me.

He inspired so many startup founders, giving his time and knowledge without question. Even though he was going through his cancer treatment he still came to Bristol to take part in a fireside chat towards the end of 2017, sharing his learnings with our Bristol startups and then taking everyone out for dinner. Something we will never forget.
You can watch clips from the fireside chat here.

Years ago, he began writing his personal mission statement to serve as a guiding force in his life for good. It stayed taped to his bathroom mirror as a daily reminder. He spent the last few years going public with those values both to have others hold him accountable and to inspire others. Reggie wrote a piece about those values and filmed a video based on the importance of personal mission statements. You can read that article and see the video here.

Reggie often used the phrase, “Be Bold” in both his personal and professional life. He would encourage others to be bold, take chances, live out your dreams, and dare to achieve.

In the spirit of Reggie: #BeBold in all you do, our time here is finite, make the most of every day, be purposeful with a positive attitude.

You will be greatly missed Reggie, and we will continue to innovate in your memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to Charity:Water