Roy Bahat

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Born1976 (age 46–47)
New York, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Degree in Social Studies
  • Master's degree in Economics
Alma mater
  • Harvard University
  • University of Oxford
OrganizationBloomberg Beta
AwardsFast Company's Most Creative People in Business

Roy Bahat (born 1976) is the head of early-stage venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta.

Early life

Roy Bahat was born and raised in New York, New York. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in the Battery School City area. Bahat then attended Harvard University, where he obtained a degree in Social Studies and led student volunteer nonprofit, Phillips Brooks House Association. He then attended the Unversity of Oxford in London, United Kingdom as a Rhodes scholar, earning a Master's degree in Economics.


Bahat served as Senior Policy Director under the office of New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg from 2002-2003 with a focus on economic development, and was responsible[1] for the "land swap" proposal wherein the city would buy the World Trade Center site from the Port Authority in exchange for the airports. From there, Bahat was Vice President of News Corporation, where he worked on efforts to make the business carbon neutral. He was then President of IGN Entertainment. He co-founded and chaired gaming micro-console company Ouya from 2012-2015 before co-founding and leading Bloomberg Beta in 2013.

As head of early-stage venture firm Bloomberg Beta, Roy Bahat invests in startups making work better. The firm focuses on machine intelligence -- investing in companies[2] working on applying machine intelligence to businesses and society, creating an annual landscape of machine intelligence[3] companies, studying the effects of AI on work 10-20 years out with the Shift Commission[4], a collaboration between Bloomberg and New America's Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Bahat is the organizer behind "Comeback Cities[5]," where he leads groups of venture capitalists and members of Congress on bus tours throughout America to find the untapped beds of talent and entrepreneurship[6]. He is also a regular lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He serves as an advisor for the Center for Investigative Reporting[7], a non-profit newsroom. He is also on the steering committee for the Economic Security Project[8].

In 2019, the office of California governor Gavin Newsom announced that Bahat[9], among various other government and technology leaders, would join the state's Future of Work Commission.

Honors and recognition

Rhodes Scholar, Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business[10]

Personal life

Bahat is married with two children and lives in San Francisco.

In the media



  1. Port Authority land swap">"nytimes". New York Times. 2006-09-11.
  2. "github".
  3. "shivonzilis". Shivon Zilis.
  4. "shift commission".
  5. "vox com". 2018-03-30.
  6. "tch crunch". 2018-11-11.
  7. "reveal news".
  8. "economic security".
  9. "gov ca". 2019-08-30. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  10. "fast company". Fast Company. Retrieved 6 July 2020.

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