David S. Rose
David S. Rose is an Inc 500 CEO and investor described by Red Herring magazine as "patriarch of New York's Silicon Alley" and by Crain's New York Business as one of the City's 25 most influential technology executives.
In 1984, Time magazine profiled him in its "Computer as Man of the Year" issue; in 1997 he was honored as a finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the New York New Media category; and in 2006 he received a New York Ten award, known as the ‘academy award of New York business’ and was described by BusinessWeek as a “world conquering entrepreneur”.
Mr. Rose is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of New York Angels, the leading angel investment consortium in the New York region. Through his investment fund, Rose Tech Ventures, he provides capital and management expertise to promising early stage companies and has personally raised tens of millions of dollars in venture, strategic and institutional capital.
With over two decades of hands-on experience in founding, managing and funding diverse companies, he is actively involved in mentoring and advising other entrepreneurs and corporate executives. Dubbed by BusinessWeek "The Pitch Coach" for his ability to help entrepreneurial executives perfect their fundraising skills, he is a frequent guest speaker at graduate business schools including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Wharton and NYU.
Mr. Rose is Chairman and CEO of Gust, which operates a collaboration platform for early stage equity investing; Chairman of wireless network operator Ambient Devices; Director of network security developer KoolSpan, Inc.; and serves as an active investor in over three dozen early stage companies. Prior to founding AirMedia Corporation in 1988, for which he served as CEO for over ten years, his career included over fifteen years in real estate development and government.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Rose has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University Business School.