Artifact Details


David Bohnett papers

Catalog Number







Bohnett, David


23.75 linear feet in 19 record cartons


The David Bohnett papers, ranging in date from 1996 to 2005, hold materials related to GeoCities as well as other web and technology ventures by David Bohnett. The collection primarily contains documentation from companies in which Bohnett was very involved either as a founder, such as GeoCities, or as an active partner, such as Xdrive and Examples of types of materials found throughout the collection include correspondence, business plans and projections, executive summaries, merger and acquisition documentation, and board meeting minutes. The papers include a significant amount of financial and legal documentation, such as early stage fundraising materials, stock certificates and ownership information, company financial statements, IPO and stock information, contracts, and letters of understanding. There are also public-facing materials, such as media and public relations kits, promotional materials, fundraising presentations, and press clippings. Companies represented in this portion of the collection include Geocities, IFILM Corporation,, NotNeutral, PlanetOut Partners, and Xdrive Technologies. About a quarter of the papers hold smaller amounts of documentation about numerous companies in which Bohnett invested, such as, United Online Inc., and Ceiva. The David Bohnett papers are focused exclusively on Bohnett’s professional work in the technology sector and the contents do not address his extensive philanthropic work.

Below is a rough, box-level inventory of the collection. For a more detailed inventory, please contact the archives directly.

Box 1-3: GeoCities

Box 4: iFilm Corporation

Box 5:

Box 6: NotNeutral

Box 7-9: PlanetOut Partners

Box 10-14: Xdrive, Inc. and Xdrive Technologies. Box 14 requires review by the archivist before viewing.

Box 15: Access Technology Partners, L.P.

Box 16: Investments (Avow; Beverly Hills Internet, Inc.;; Bold New World; C1TV; Ceiva)

Box 17: Investments (Critical Path; CreSenda; Datek Online; Dri-Dek; EncrypTix;

Box 18: Investments (Halo Promotional Products; Infonautics; Lear; Norman; Pink Paper; PROFITsystems;

Box 19: Investments (United Online, Inc.; Zero Gravity Internet Group)


Collection Record


Entrepreneurship; GeoCities (Firm); Startups (Business enterprises); Venture Capital

Collection Title

David Bohnett papers


Gift of David Bohnett

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