Mr. David Rose is the Founder and serves as Executive Chairman at Gust. He is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has founded or funded over 120 pioneering companies. Described by BusinessWeek as a "world conquering entrepreneur", by Forbes magazine as "New York's Archangel", and by Red Herring magazine as "patriarch of Silicon Alley", his New York Times best-selling books on startup development and financing are Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups (2014) and The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business (2016), both published by Wiley. Each has become the standard text in its field, with the world's leading angel groups providing the investment book to all of their new members, and 500 US universities adopting The Startup Checklist as the text for their entrepreneurship programs. From his initial involvement with the first online communities in the 1970s, through founding one of the first personal computer training companies in the 1980s, one of the first wireless data information networks in the 1990s, and the first global angel investing platform in the 2000s, he has been at the forefront of innovation in business and technology. Outside of his work with Gust, he is Managing Director of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; Co-founder and Managing Director of the AREA accelerator; and Founding Track Chair for Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics at Singularity University, the Google/NASA-sponsored post-graduate program in exponential technologies. He has a BA from Yale, an MBA in Finance from Columbia and a D. Eng. (hc) from Stevens Institute of Technology.