David Bohnett is a technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is head of the early stage technology fund, Baroda Ventures, and Chair of the David Bohnett Foundation.
Through the Foundation, grants totaling over $100m to date have been given to a wide range of organizations. Main areas of funding include The Fund for Los Angeles, supporting a broad spectrum of arts, educational and civic programs; LGBT-related programs; voting rights and registration initiatives; supporting research and public policies to reduce the toll of firearm violence; animal research and rights; and numerous California and national social justice programs, including David Bohnett Leadership Programs at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Bohnett is Chairman of the Board of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
He has spent his professional career in the technology and information services industry. He is the co-founder of GeoCities, an Internet based media and e-commerce company, and his current undertakings include serving on on the Board of Directors of several notable technology companies.
Previously, David Bohnett has been an active partner in Xdrive.com, Wireimage.com, Stamps.com and LowerMyBills.com, and held various positions in the software industry for Legent and Goal Systems. He started his career as a staff consultant with Accenture (then Anderson Consulting) in Los Angeles. His academic credentials include a Doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from Whittier College an M.B.A in Finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
His many awards and distinctions include Los Angeles Business Journal's Technology Leader of the Year, Time Digital's Top 50 Cyber Elite, and Entrepreneur of the Year for Southern California.