David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur and early stage investor who has founded or funded over 80 companies. He has been described by BusinessWeek as a “world conquering entrepreneur,” by Crain’s New York Business as “the father of angel investing in New York,” and by Red Herring magazine as “patriarch of Silicon Alley.” David is the founder and CEO of Gust, the international standard collaboration platform for startup financing used by over 35,000 investors and 180,000 startups in 92 countries. He is also Managing Director of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; Chairman of private equity firm Egret Capital Partners; and Associate Founder and Track Chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, the Google/NASA -sponsored post-graduate program in exponential technologies. He is participates as a board of director for companies such as Comixology, KoolSpan, and Pond5; and serves as an active investor in companies including BioScale, Mashery, Space Adventures, and LearnVest. David has a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Yale University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a D. Eng. from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University and a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Boards of Columbia Business School and Yale University.