Gust and DiligentDeal Announce First Annual Venture Forward Conference

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Renowned Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors to Discuss the Revolution in Early Stage Private Investing

Gust, the investor relations platform connecting high-growth entrepreneurs and active early stage investors, and DiligentDeal, a conference organizer in the early stage investment space, will host their first annual conference, Venture Forward 2012, in New York City on Wednesday, June 20. The day-long event, taking place at the New York Academy of Sciences, will convene the country’s leading angel investors and early-stage venture capitalists to collaborate and share industry insights on the rapidly evolving early stage investing market through a series of interactive panel discussions, keynote addresses and fireside interviews.

“The landscape of equity funding for early-stage entrepreneurial ventures is undergoing a revolution. Venture Forward 2012 will bring together the industry’s leaders for a high-level knowledge exchange about the challenges and opportunities facing early stage investors, and the rapidly changing legislative and economic landscape,” said David S. Rose, CEO of Gust and one of the country’s most active super-angel investors. “The conference will provide an exclusive opportunity for attendees to learn from, and engage with, the world-class investors and financial technology entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of these changes.”

Among the industry visionaries speaking at the event are Josh Kopelman and Howard Morgan of First Round Capital, Esther Dyson of EDVenture Holdings, Eric Hippeau of Lerer Ventures, David Tisch of TechStars, Stephanie Hanbury-Brown of Golden Seeds, Scott Kurnit of AdKeeper, Bob Rice of Tangent Capital, Richard Bendis of Innovation America, and many more. Discussion moderators will include leading financial journalists from Bloomberg, Forbes, the New York Times, and MSNBC.

Participation in Venture Forward 2012 is by invitation. Interested parties may apply by visiting the online registration request form on the conference website.

About Gust
Gust provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments, enabling skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. Gust is endorsed by the world's leading business angel and venture capital associations, and powers over 750 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 150,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 35,000 individual accredited investors. Gust is based in New York, NY, with a development center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and European office in Paris, France.

About Diligent Deal
DiligentDeal is a professional event organizer in the early stage investment space specializing in the organization and management of congresses, conferences, seminars and similar events. Run by investors, serial entrepreneurs, a professor of computer science and drawing on the experience of the former head of the conference groups at Forbes and The Economist, DiligentDeal is uniquely positioned to deliver relevant content in stimulating formats.

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