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The global infrastructure platform for entrepreneurial startups, now developing the blockchain-based, private equity trading technology for the finance industry


Founded: 2004
Employees: 40
Quick Pitch:


Gust is the platform for incorporating and operating high growth companies, enabling the early-stage investing ecosystem. Gust’s tools support all aspects of corporate legal and equity formation and operation for entrepreneurs. These facilitate deal flow and relationship management for investors, and are the basis for a blockchain-based, industry initiative to develop an SEC-compliant market for private equity trading among accredited investors.


Founder and CEO

David Rose

David is an Inc 500 serial entrepreneur (six companies) and active angel investor (80 companies) who has been described by Forbes as "New York's Archangel", by BusinessWeek as a "world conquering entrepreneur" and by Red Herring magazine as "patriarch of Silicon Alley."

VP Engineering

Ryan Nash

Ryan Nash is a software engineer and manager specializing in agile methodologies. He comes to Gust from Boeing, where he managed two development teams focused on backend services, text and data processing, high performance, scale and data storage.

VP Finance & Operations

Jess Compagnola

Jess is a private equity professional and an accredited angel investor, who comes to Gust from Impala Partners, where he spent eight years investing in private companies through debt and equity investments. Earlier, he worked for Kugman Partners, where he served as a financial and operational advisor for distressed companies. Jess began his career in the business recovery services division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising on restructurings.

Head of Product

Alan McGee

Alan joined Gust with the company’s acquisition of Sharewave Equity Management, of which he had been Co-founder and CEO. Earlier, he had been Director of Digital Marketing at Americans Elect, and Director of Web Analytics and Digital Marketing at, following five years at Accenture and Siemens, and service as a Kiva Fellow in Africa.

Head of Design

Jun Simmons

Jun is an award-winning designer with over 17 years of User Experience design. She graduated #1 in her department from Rhode Island School of Design and studied at both Harvard and Brown University. After spending two years at Gust designing the company’s original product offerings, she held senior design roles at Solvate, SetJam (acquired by Google) and PayPal (as Senior UX Design Lead for mobile apps) before returning to Gust in 2016.


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