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Singularity University Lectures: David Rose on Entrepreneurship

David Rose is not only the track Chair for Finance, Economics and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University but is also an Inc 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur and an early stage venture investor, sometimes described as “the father of Angel Investing in New York”, “top dog in tech” and “the Patriarch of Silicon Valley”.

Today I am posting David Rose’s Singularity University lecture on entrepreneurship for it was among the best I’ve heard on the topic. It is a presentation full of knowledge, wisdom and experience but also humor and style.

A true hypomaniac, David speaks about the meaning of entrepreneurship, the importance of thinking differently and the ecstasy and satisfaction of going successfully against the grain while not forgetting to stress the sacrifices of being an entrepreneur and the agony and common occurrence of failure.

Who is David Rose?

David S. Rose is a serial entrepreneur who crossed the aisle to become one of the country’s leading angel investors…and then crossed back to found Angelsoft, filling a major need in the rapidly growing world of early stage investing.

As an entrepreneur, David has founded half a dozen companies since his first one at the age of ten, and has personally raised tens of millions of dollars of venture, strategic and institutional capital. He was named to the Inc 500 list as CEO of one of the country’s fastest growing private companies, and has been described as a “world conquering entrepreneur” by BusinessWeek.

As an angel investor, David founded and chairs New York Angels, one of the largest and most active angel investment groups in the US. He has personally invested in over 70 early stage companies, and serves on the boards of directors of KoolSpan, Magnify Networks, Social Bomb, Comixology, and Pond5.

Outside of Angelsoft, David is Managing Principal of Rose Tech Ventures, Chairman of Egret Capital Partners, and Track Chair for Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics at Singularity University. He has been dubbed “The Pitch Coach” by BusinessWeek for his work with early stage entrepreneurs, a “top dog in tech” by Crains New York Business, and “patriarch of Silicon Alley” by Red Herring magazine.

David writes about early stage investing and entrepreneurship on Quora and Twitter as @davidsrose, and on his blog, rose.vc/angelnotes.

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  • Nikita

    fantastic talk- very inspiring and so true- and i am just about to launch my start up.

  • I agree that it is fantastic – and it gets better in time too for David keeps doing it and improving upon it. Good luck with you start up – hope you change the world for the better and get rich all at once 😉

  • Lu Lu

    These leadership skills will become even more relevant in the post-Singularity world, when we become superintelligences ,parcel out the galaxy and each rule several star systems.
    Imagine the power, then imagine the concomitant pressure. Have to work on my leadership skills from now on.

  • Rob Foxall

    Is there any way to access this video now?

  • You see, this is the stupidest blockage of the video by Fox on absolutely fake copyright grounds. Anyway, it is a Singularity University video so I guess you’d have to wait for them to clear it out with YouTube and in the meantime you’d have to make by with audio only. (Luckily it is on my server so it is not likely to be shut down any time soon 😉

  • Rob Foxall

    I watched this video several times and thought it was amazing. I would love to share it with some of my colleagues and hope it comes available soon.

  • It really upsets me to watch how YouTube/Google is so absolutely willing and wanting to give the benefit of the doubt to the big entertainment companies i.e. like presuming you are guilty without even looking at the evidence… Remember the case when the video of one of NASA’s Mars rovers was taken down after a false copyright claim?! Have they not learned anything after that?!….

  • David S. Rose

    It really is amazing (and confounding.) Since the talk was completely original (save for the section from Tara Hunt, used by permission), and it was filmed by SU staff on SU’s premises, I don’t have the foggiest idea what Fox could be objecting to! I, too, hope that it gets cleaned up!

  • Have you tried hosting it on Vimeo?

  • The thing is that the video is not hosted by me but by Singularity University on their YouTube channel. So I guess that’s a long way of saying “No” in reply to your question…

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