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Profile: David S. Rose, Entrepreneur & angel investor. Author, Angel Investing and The Startup Checklist
I’m a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor, based in New York. As an inveterate startup guy, I’ve founded half a dozen companies since my first at age 10, and as ‘super angel’ technology investor, I have funded over 100 others. I am the founder and CEO of, the entrepreneurial finance industry’s infrastructure platform; author of and ; founder and Chairman Emeritus of , one of the leading angel groups on the East Coast; Managing Principal of , an early-stage ‘super angel’ fund specializing in Internet-based business; and Partner in (an international super-angel venture capital fund).
In 2009, I joined artificial intelligence pioneer Ray Kurzweil and X Prize founder Peter Diamandis as an associate founder of , where I founded the Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics track, and served as its chair and primary instructor for the first three years. And I hosted the online reality web series Second Chance on MSN, in which four entrepreneurial contestants competed in a series of educational business challenges to win $200,000 in prizes to fund their second chance at business.
I’ve been involved in the development of the Silicon Alley technology community in New York for many decades, including working with online data services in the 1970s (Sysop of several Compuserve forums, if anyone still remembers that term), founding an early personal computer training company in the 1980s (the Computer Classroom), a wireless data information network in the 1990s (AirMedia Live) and an international angel investing platform in the 2000s (Angelsoft, now ).
Among the fields in which I have been actively involved as an executive, board member or investor are: wireless communications, technology-enhanced real estate, dockless bike-sharing, consumer electronics, international finance, social networking, space tourism, user-generated content, robotic pets, online video, mobile network security, biological testing, electronic music, citizen journalism, out-of-home advertising, fiber-optic networking, concierge medicine, online marketing, interactive voice response, and many others.
Gust, my full-time day job, built and operates the global collaboration infrastructure for the early stage entrepreneurial economy (we run the official angel investing platform for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Ukraine, and several other countries, connecting over 600,000 startup companies with over 75,000 investors.)
I currently serve as a director or observer on the boards of Gust, KoolSpan, and Moven, in addition to those of several philanthropic and public service organizations. Startups that I seed-funded have been acquired by Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Intel, Oracle, S&P Global, Kodak, CBS, and other public companies.
I co-founded and run the AREA real estate technology incubator in New York City, was Mentor of the Year at NYU Stern Business School, have been described by Forbes as “New York’s Archangel” and was nicknamed ‘The Pitch Coach’ by BusinessWeek for my training of entrepreneurs seeking funding from venture capitalists and angel investors (you may have come across my TED video on the subject, which has had over a million views to date).
Before entering the technology field, I had prior careers in real estate development with the firm of Rose Associates, and government as Special Assistant to US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. My avocation is the archaic art and craft of letterpress printing, and I am the past President of The Typophiles, a Member of the American Antiquarian Association and The Authors Guild and curator of the National Arts Club’s Book Arts Studio, as well as a book collector with an extensive collection on the history of the book.
I’m a native New Yorker; a graduate of the New York City public schools and Horace Mann High School. I received my BA in Urban Affairs from Yale, an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. I am an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale, and a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Boards of Columbia Business School and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.