Meet Previews Presenting Company Gust

Meet 2013 Previews Presenting company Gust through the words of David S. Rose, the Founder & CEO.

David S. Rose, Founder & CEO, Gust

In a sentence tells us what your company does.

Gust, winner of the 2012 CODiE Award for Best Collaboration/Social Networking solution, is the global platform for sourcing and managing early-stage angel and venture capital investments, connecting high-growth entrepreneurs with sophisticated investors and providing online support for all aspects of the investment relationship.

What is your secret sauce that will make you successful?

Gust’s secret sauce is our eight years of indefatigable relationship and customer building with large segments of the world’s early stage finance industry. Today, Gust is the official, exclusive platform of virtually every national federation of business angel investors in the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, France, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, even China, all in their native languages. Gust is used as the exclusive collaboration platform by 85% of the world’s organized angel investors, by over 1,000 venture capital funds and angel networks, 200 accelerators and business plan competitions, and a host of national and transnational organizations. As a result, over 160,000 companies actively use Gust for investor relations, and over 40,000 Accredited Investors use Gust to manage their deal flow and portfolios. We have already facilitated and tracked over $1.8 billion dollars of seed and early stage investments.

What are you looking to achieve in presenting at IIS (Investors, Partners, Content)?

Partnerships! As the definitive infrastructure platform for the world of innovative startups, we are looking to partner with any organization that is involved with startups, innovation, investment, venture capital, economic development, early stage finance, entrepreneurial ecosystems, or financial data.

Fun Questions – Since theme is Breakthrough – what is your favorite breakthrough technology or company?

Comixology, one of the companies that presented at last year’s SIIA Previews (and that incidentally was funded through Gust), is the world’s largest digital comic book platform, an industry they created. Comixology powers over 90% of all digital comic book sales, and was the top-grossing non-Game application in the Apple App Store for 2012 (and #3 overall, out of 800,000 apps.)

Learn more about Gust, and the other 2013 Previews Presenting companies at IIS Breakthrough. Each presenting company will deliver a 5-minute presentation to an audience of key decision makers during the IIS Breakthrough event being held from January 30-31, 2013 in New York City. Presenting companies will also have 5-minutes for audience Q&A and an opportunity to showcase their companies to IIS attendees during the SIIA Previews and CODIEs Showcase and Networking reception. To top things off, the IIS audience will vote on the company they believe is most likely to succeed. About Previews Over the past six years, SIIA Previews has showcased innovative content companies, including publishers, media, aggregators, and technology plays, and 2013 SIIA Previews will feature the 100th Preview Company! Each Presenting company has been selected after two rounds of Judging. To qualify, presenting companies must have less than $10 M in revenue, no more than series A financing, and real customers.

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