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Founder & Partner @
Investments
58 Investments in 30 Companies
Born:
1972
Gender:
Male
Location:
Philadelphia
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Person Details

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Josh Kopelman has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000 – and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales. In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world's first anti-spam router. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just six months later.

Josh co-founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. Since that time, the firm has invested in over 300 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. For the last five years, Josh has consistently ranked in the top 20 on the Forbes “Midas List” which ranks the top 100 tech investors, earning the number four spot in 2014. Josh has been named one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, one of "Tech's New Kingmakers" by Business 2.0 magazine and a "Rising VC Star" by Fortune magazine. Josh is also the proud winner of a second place ribbon in the 2011 Nantucket Watermelon Eating competition. Josh is an inventor on 13 U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology. In June 2000, he was awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region. Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Founder & Partner

Oct, 2004 - Current   (almost 12 years)
Past
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Title
Company
2005
2011
Director
2005
2009
Director
Jan, 2000
Dec, 2005
Founder & MD
Feb, 2004
Jul, 2004
Co-Founder
Jun, 2000
May, 2003
President - Half.com
1999
2003
Founder & CEO
1996
1998
Team Member
1991
1998
Co-Founder & EVP
DateInvested InRoundDetails
May, 2016$160M / Series C
Mar, 2016$3M / Seed (Lead)
Dec, 2015$35M / Series B
Sep, 2015$100M / Series A (Lead)
Sep, 2015$25M / Series B
Jun, 2015$15M / Series C
Jun, 2015$21M / Series B
Jan, 2015$10M / Series A (Lead)
Jan, 2015$25M / Series B
Aug, 2014$8M / Venture
May, 2014$20M / Series C
May, 2014$6.5M / Series A
May, 2014$130M / Series B
Mar, 2014$77M / Series E
Feb, 2014$2.6M / Seed
Dec, 2013$8M / Series C
Dec, 2013$5.5M / Series APersonal Investment
May, 2013$3M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2013$12M / Series B
Apr, 2013$9.1M / Series D
Feb, 2013$42M / Series D
Jan, 2013$8M / Series A
Jul, 2012$10M / Venture
May, 2012$25M / Series C
Mar, 2012$9M / Series C
May, 2011$11M / Series D
Apr, 2011$7M / Series B
Dec, 2010$5.1M / Series A (Lead)
Oct, 2010$1.2M / Venture
Oct, 2010$50M / Series C
Sep, 2010$2.9M / Series A (Lead)
Aug, 2010$2.3M / Series A (Lead)
Jun, 2010$19.8M / Series B
May, 2010$7.5M / Series A
Feb, 2010$5.5M / Series C
Nov, 2009$5M / Series B
Jul, 2009$4.5M / Venture (Lead)
Feb, 2009$17M / Series B
Oct, 2008$7M / Series B
Sep, 2008$8M / Series B

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