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user David S. Rose Founder and CEO,
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David has been described as "the Father of Angel Investing in New York" by Crain's New York Business, & a "world conquering entrepreneur" by BusinessWeek. He is a serial entrepreneur & Inc 500 CEO who chairs New York Angels, one of the most active angel investment groups. David is also CEO of Gust.

Silicon Alley Closes 2015 On Top In A Boom Year For Startups

For three out of four quarters in 2015, New York City’s tech ecosystem has led with more startup funding requests than any other region in the country, including California’s long reigning Silicon Valley. After a dip in Q3, New York rebounded in Q4 claiming nearly 20% of every funding application around the country. California ranked second with 17.8% of total

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The Market Diversifies: International Innovation Captures Larger Share Of Startup Funding Applications

In Q3 the global startup ecosystem continued to thrive, with 25% growth over the same quarter last year and up 18% from last quarter, as the innovation economy expands around the world. Quarterly data from Gust, the online platform for the global angel investment industry, reveals that while incumbent leaders show no sign of slowing down, new industries and areas

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The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies

With all the news about hundred-million-dollar rounds and billion-dollar valuations, it can be hard not to look at the world of entrepreneurship and angel investing as a thrilling ride that only has one stop: success. But to be a successful entrepreneur or serious angel investor, you must have a realistic understanding of the startup failure rate and internalize that, in

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Need Funding? 2015 Is A Strong Year For Startups

2015 is shaping up to be a strong year for the startup and early stage investor ecosystem. Total startup funding applications are up across the globe and in multiple sectors, especially in the United States where the surging New York City tech industry is leading a nationwide growth in new startups.

Coming out of the second quarter of the year, the total

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Where would I go to invest in startups or emerging companies?

The first question you need to ask is “What country are you in?” and the second is “Are you an Accredited Investor by that country’s standards?”

If we’re talking about the US and you are NOT at the Accredited level ($1 million in investable assets, or $200,000 annual income), then for the moment you are actually not allowed to invest in privately held startups

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Which books would you recommend to a VC analyst-associate?

The Business of Venture Capital Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies

Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur

Mastering the VC Game A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms

Term Sheets & Valuations A Line by Line Look at the

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How can Australia kickstart the local startup community?

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin makes some excellent points, most of which are ones that I would have made. In particular, getting to critical mass (of entrepreneurs, angel investors, engineers, et al) is perhaps the most important thing you can do. Whether this is by City (the most useful) or pan-Australian (perhaps a bit easier), it provides a host of benefits both in terms

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Should I give my seed investors anti-dilution protection?

Original question from Quora: “My team and I are raising our first round for our crowdsourcing website at a $1mm valuation. We have an investor who is interested in purchasing 5% of the company under the condition that his stock will not be diluted at any time. We are considering a counteroffer at twice the valuation considering the anti-dilution provision.

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Crowdfunding: KickStarter, Indiegogo, AngelList, Gust: How to choose?

First, it’s important to understand that the four platforms you list fall into two very distinct groups.

Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are project-based crowdfunding platforms through which anyone can contribute money, either as a donation or with the promise that they will receive a tangible ‘reward’ of some kind if the project is successful.

Gust and AngelList are equity-based platforms, used by Accredited Investors  to facilitate the investment of money for an ownership interest in

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What are the most common exits for Angel Investors?

Here, in a completely unsourced, purely anecdotal and totally subjective answer with numbers pulled out of the air, is my guess:

 *original post can be found on Quora @ http://www.quora.com/David-S-Rose/answers *