David Golbahar, CPA/CFF CGMA

David Golbahar, CPA/CFF CGMA

Serial entrepreneur and forensic CPA

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dgolbahar
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dgolbahar
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Member since July 28, 2015
There's two times of year for me: Football season, and waiting for football season. - Darius Rucker Quote_down
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University of Michigan , BA
University of Virginia , MS , Accounting

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
LightHeaded, Golbahar Consulting Group
Companies I work or worked for:
KPMG, Navigant Consulting
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

Burton E. Green Award, City of Beverly Hills

Hope of America Award, Key Club (Kiwanis)

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

Serendipitously fell into it...

My favorite startups:

DocStoc, Sweet Greens

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

I call it "positive stress" - the ability to work from eyes open to eyes closed.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Fearing the unknown.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Quit your day job and pursue your startup to the fullest extent. Even if you have to eat Ramen noodles and sleep on a friend's couch. Keep yourself 100% focused.

2. Partner up and surround yourself with people that are smarter than you and that contrast you.

3. Be fearless. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Step outside your comfort zone. And finally, remember the saying, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

Full bio

Mr. Golbahar is the Principal and Founder of Golbahar Consulting Group.  He has led numerous forensic investigations and is a trusted advisor for his clients.  His former positions include Consultant at Navigant Consulting, Inc. and Audit Intern at KPMG.  He has over eight years of experience consulting to C-Level executives, middle market companies, high-net-worth individuals, and outside counsel, on forensic accounting, tax, and management consulting issues.


Mr. Golbahar has prepared and reviewed claims for increased costs, lost profits/income, personal injury, intellectual property infringement and other claims for economic damages in connection with disputes in a wide selection of industries.  He has also assisted companies and individuals in a variety of investigations relating to fraud and employee embezzlement.


In addition to determining damages and investigating disputes, Mr. Golbahar has been involved with other commercial litigation matters.  These engagements involved companies in the entertainment industry, large financial institutions, a semiconductor manufacturer, a consumer electronics company, and other middle market businesses. 


As a trusted advisor, Mr. Golbahar has led companies through expansions and contractions. His operational experience includes expanding revenue channels, raising capital (debt and equity), identifying cost efficiencies, reducing enterprise risk, and managing cash flows.   


Mr. Golbahar graduated from the University of Michigan and earned a Masters of Accounting from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.  He is an active member of the California Society of CPAs (Current State Council Member) and the American Institute of CPAs.  He is currently a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, and Certified in Financial Forensics.  Mr. Golbahar volunteers and serves the community as the Treasurer of the University of Michigan Alumni Club in Los Angeles, as a Board Member of the Graduate Advisory Board of the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, and as a Board Member for the Westside Bar Association.