Gust Wins 2012 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Collaboration/Social Networking Solution

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Early-Stage Investor Relations Ecosystem Platform Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition

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At the 2012 CODiE™ Awards, Gust, the global investor relations platform for entrepreneurial finance, was named Best Collaboration/Social Networking Solution for its comprehensive online ecosystem that integrates essential collaboration and communications tools for both entrepreneurs and investors.

Gust provides the international platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments, enabling skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with professional investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from pitch to successful exit. Gust powers over 750 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 180,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 40,000 individual accredited investors.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), which produces the CODiE Awards, is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. An SIIA CODiE Award win for software companies is an especially prestigious honor, as each award winner was first peer-reviewed by a field of software industry executives whose evaluations determined 119 finalists. SIIA members then reviewed these finalists and voted to select the CODiE Awards Winners in each business category.

“We are honored to be named the Best Collaboration/Social Networking Solution for the 2012 CODiE Awards,” said David S. Rose, Founder and CEO of Gust. “We value SIIA’s recognition, as well as the industry leadership of the other finalists in our category, including Adobe, Google, and SAP Ag.”

The choice of Gust for the combined Collaboration/Social Networking category of the SIIA CODiE Awards recognizes the emergence of comprehensive cloud-based solutions that take full advantage of social networking tools that collaboratively generate value. In previous years, winners in these categories having included stand-alone communications tools such as WebEx Meeting Center, Citrix GoToMeeting, and Adobe Acrobat Connect, as well as enterprise-grade internal collaboration tools such as those from Salesforce.com, which has won the category for the past three years.

In choosing Gust’s innovative platform over enterprise offerings from some of the world’s largest software firms, the CODiE voters validated Gust’s innovative vision of a truly global, multi-constituent, online collaboration platform. Gust has been chosen as the official collaboration system by most of the world’s major early stage investor associations, including both the Angel Capital Association and the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds in the United States, and the equivalent federations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Belarus, India and China. The Gust platform, deployed locally in six languages, connects—and encourages collaboration among—entrepreneurs, business angel investors, venture capitalists, technology incubators and accelerators, business plan competitions, and entrepreneurship support organizations.

The 2012 CODiE Award for Best Collaboration/Social Networking Solution caps a year of honors for Gust across a range of industries, including being named the North American Finalist for Most Innovative Financial Technology Company in the SWIFT Innotribe Competition, and the Breakthrough Product/Service of the Year by EBAN: the European trade association for business angels, business angel networks, seed funds and other early stage investment professionals.

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 180,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 40,000 individual accredited investors. The company was founded in 2004 under the name Angelsoft and is privately held. Gust is based in New York, New York, with a development center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and European office in Paris, France. For more information about Gust, visit http://gust.com.

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