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David S. Bennahum

David S. Bennahum is a serial technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and pioneering member of the New York technology community, starting in 1994, when David left his position at McKinsey & Co as an analyst, to joined the founding team at Wired magazine, as their first reporter in New York, where he helped build the defining magazine of the 1990s.

In 1999, David joined Ammirati Puris Lintas as Executive Vice President, then one of the largest ad agencies in the United States, to lead digital strategy across all divisions. Clients included Dell, Unilever, Lego, UPS, and Microsoft. David developed many of the first integrated print / web / television campaigns at scale, including the groundbreaking “Dell 4 Me” campaign in 1999. David left the agency with its founder, Martin Puris, to form New Things Ventures LLC, an early-stage angel investing fund. In this era of “Silicon Alley,” during the first phase of Internet growth, David worked to build path-breaking technology enterprises, as an advisor to AdOne, led by Steve Brotman (acquired by Hearst), director of DailyCandy, founded by Dany Levy (acquired by Comcast), and advised MediaBistro (acquired by Jupiter Media).

During the next phase of Internet growth, powered by mobile devices and social media, David co-founded and led Punch, which provided publishing tools for iPad to People Magazine, Time. Inc., JCPenney, Hunter Douglas, and other enterprises. Punch’s intellectual property was acquired by Kandu. Co-founded with Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon, Oxygen), Kandu provides kids with the tools to express their own creativity through apps and games, without knowing how to code.

David has BA from Harvard University, magna cum laude. He’s the author of Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace (Basic Books / HarperCollins, 1998). His first computer was an Atari 800. First programming language: BASIC.