Venture Forward Conference on Early Stage Investing Announced by Gust and DiligentDeal

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Leading Speakers join top venture capitalists and angel investors to debate the impact of new policies and developments on the future of early stage private investing.

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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. It will be the premier forum for angel investors, early stage venture capitalists, non-traditional investors, and policy makers to share their experiences and strategy, setting the agenda for the future of private investing. Venture Forward 2012 will take place in New York City on Wednesday, June 20, at the New York Academy of Sciences. The announcement of the conference comes on the heels of the recent passage of the JOBS Act by Congress, which for the first time extends startup investing to non-accredited investors, authorizes web-based funding intermediaries, and eliminates the "general solicitation" restrictions on private equity sales.

“Venture Forward’s auspicious timing will provide a unique forum for attendees to learn about and debate the profound changes that are occurring in start-up investing and private equity. The JOBS Act is likely to completely redraw the startup financing landscape, and is the most important federal policy change in this area since the formation of the Securities and Exchange Commission,” said David S. Rose, CEO of Gust. “We’d like to extend this exclusive opportunity to hear from the country’s leading investors to all those who are considering investing in this asset class. Venture Forward 2012 has assembled the brightest and most experienced minds in the business, including many of the country’s 'super angel' investors, and leading-edge venture capitalists who have deployed over a billion dollars into this asset class.”

Joining the industry visionaries speaking at the event are Deirdre Bolton, anchor of Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television; David Hornik of August Capital, author of VentureBlog, the first VC blog, and founder of The Lobby Conference; Dave Berkus, best-selling author of Berkonomics and a world-renowned investor with an IRR of 97% across 80 angel investments; and Joe Bartlett, chair of the Legislative Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association and the founder and chairman of VC Experts. Among the world renown investors who will be sharing their perspectives with participants are Scott Kurnit, Josh Kopelman, Esther Dyson, David S. Rose, David Tisch, Bob Rice, Stephanie Newby, Gil Beyda, Howard Morgan, Eric Hippeau, and Richard Bendis. Rigorous examination of the issues will be ensured, as moderators Quentin Hardy from The New York Times, JJ Ramberg from MSNBC, and Bruce Upbin from Forbes ask hard questions of both panelists and audience.    

Topics that will be covered at the conference include: how deals are sourced, circled, and closed; who is funding which deals and where; post funding risk and liquidity; and the extraordinary opportunities ahead resulting from the fundamental changes to the legal and regulatory environment. The event will foster ample networking opportunities in addition to a highly interactive conference agenda, so that all speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to meet, engage, and contribute to the conversation.

Angel and early stage venture investors from across the US and Canada, as well as industry innovators in the early stage economy, have already secured their places. Those interested in participating in Venture Forward 2012 may visit the online registration 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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