The future of startup investing took a major leap forward today with the unveiling of Gust, a new investor relations platform integrating essential collaboration tools for both entrepreneurs and investors. Backed by industry leaders from a dozen countries, Gust provides a unified infrastructure for collaboration among entrepreneurs and early stage investors worldwide. Among the more than 50 organizations endorsing the platform are the Angel Capital Association, the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, the World Business Angel Association, Microsoft BizSpark, the Young Entrepreneur Council and the StartUp America Partnership.
The new, free tools for entrepreneurs are available immediately at gust.com. They give companies the ability to create proprietary, access-controlled web sites where they can centralize information about their operations and plans. This information is completely confidential, with visibility limited to pre-approved current and potential investors. A complementary set of free tools for individual investors, venture funds and angel groups is immediately available. These provide investors with instant access-after entrepreneur authorization-to potential investment opportunities they are considering, as well as companies already in their investment portfolios. The Gust platform works with the software and tools professional investors currently use to manage their investments.
After more than seven years of market and business development in the investment community under the Angelsoft brand, Gust launched today as the official investor relations platform of over 15 national and international investor associations, 150 venture capital funds, 600 business angel groups and 35,000 accredited angel investors. More than 125,000 entrepreneurs have already used the platform to create detailed profiles to share with potential investment partners. In conjunction with the launch of Gust, New York-based Angelsoft will be officially changing its corporate name to Gust.
'The Gust platform was designed and built around the collaboration needs of both the smart entrepreneur and the smart investor wanting to radically improve their opportunities for success. We've integrated powerful investor relations tools with direct access to the largest community of established, organized investors, thus supporting the entire 'pitch-to-exit' business life cycle. What's most important is that our platform has gained the trust of the world's most demanding investor and entrepreneur organizations,' said David S. Rose, founder and CEO of Gust.