David S. Rose

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David Semel Rose
Born (1957-06-12) June 12, 1957 (age 56)
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 a 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]


  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)

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