David S. Rose

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David Semel Rose
Born (1957-06-12) June 12, 1957 (age 57)
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University
Columbia Business School
Occupation Angel Investor
Known for Founder of New York Angels

David Semel Rose (b 12 June 1957) is an American serial entrepreneur[1] and angel investor, based in New York.

He is an investor in startup technology companies and founder of New York Angels, an early-stage technology investment group.[2] He is Managing Partner of Rose Tech Ventures,[3] a venture fund focused on Internet-based business,[4] and CEO of Gust (formerly known as Angelsoft), which operates a collaboration platform for early stage angel investing[5][6]

Rose was involved in the early development of the Silicon Alley technology community in New York,[7][8] including working with pre-Internet era online data services and founding Ex Machina, a computer software company;[9] The Computer Classroom, an early personal computer training company;[10] and AirMedia, an early wireless Internet information network.[11] In an interview in 2010, Rose stated: "When AirMedia went down it was the single biggest disappointment of my life at that point. I cried myself to sleep."[4]

Rose founded and ran a technology incubator in New York City[12] and is a founding member of the Space Angels Network, an international investing group.[13] In 2005, BusinessWeek magazine included an article titled 'The Pitch Coach' about his pitch coaching sessions for entrepreneurs seeking funding from venture capitalists and angel investors.[14] He is an Associate Founder of Singularity University, the post-graduate program in accelerating technologies,[15] and founded and chaired its Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics track[16]

Rose attended New York City public schools and Horace Mann High School.[17] He received his BA in Urban Affairs from Yale University in 1979,[18] his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School in 1983[19] and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.[20]

In 2014, Rose wrote the book Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money, to give guidance to investors considering investments in startups. [21]


  1. ^ Colao, J. J. New York's Archangel. Forbes. 4 June 2012. (Accessed 19 April 2013)
  2. ^ J. Alex Tarquinio. Giving Businesses Their Wings. New York Times. 10 Sep 2008. (Accessed 12 October 2011)
  3. ^ The Rose Tech Ventures Team (Retrieved 3 October 2011)
  4. ^ a b Bye, Adrian. "David S Rose From Rose Tech Ventures". meetinnovators.com. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Sarah Perez. AngelSoft Relaunches as Gust.com, Now Connects Startups To Investors TechCrunch. 13 Sep 2011. ((Retrieved 3 October 2011)
  6. ^ Brad Spirrison. "Angel investors brought together" Chicago Sun-Times. 8 Sep 2008. ((Retrieved 12 October 2011)
  7. ^ Steven Malanga. Silicon Alley 2.0 City Journal. Autumn 2006. paragraph 27 (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  8. ^ Machine of the Year: The Computer Moves In Time magazine. 3 Jan 1983. paragraph 44 (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  9. ^ E-Commerce: Who Owns the Rights? BusinessWeek. 29 July 1996. (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  10. ^ Rose, David S.; Garrity, J. Peter (7 July 1984). Business Applications of the IBM PC: an executive training seminar.. The Computer Classroom, Inc. 
  11. ^ Airmedia Live gives wireless bulletins CNet. 3 Jun 1996. (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  12. ^ Behind The Money, Episode 37: David S. Rose seeks entrepreneurs for incubator The Deal. 11 Aug 2008. (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  13. ^ Space Angels Network adds founding members Washington Business Journal. 18 Jun 2008. (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  14. ^ Michael Patterson. The Pitch Coach BusinessWeek. Fall, 2005. (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  15. ^ Singularity University Founders (Retrieved 19 April 2013)
  16. ^ Singularity University Lectures: David S. Rose on Entrepreneurship. (Retrieved 19 April 2013)
  17. ^ "Horace Mann alumni class notes 1975 (Retrieved 17 November 2011)". Horacemannalumni.org. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Yale Entrepreneurship Advisory Council (Retrieved 17 November 2011)
  19. ^ Columbia Business School Private Equity Program 2011 – Silicon Alley Panel (Retrieved 17 November 2011)
  20. ^ David S. Rose and Jeffrey J. Wilcox to address Stevens’ graduates Stevens Institute. 29 Apr 2010. (Retrieved 13 October 2011)
  21. ^ I wrote the book on Angel Investing (literally.) Yabbly.com. (Retrieved 10 June 2014)

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