Primary Role
Partner @ First Round
Investments
10 Investments in 10 Companies
Location:
Philadelphia

Person Details

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Josh 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 founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. And since that time the firm has invested in over 200 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh was ranked sixth on Forbes 2012 “Midas List” of the top 100 tech investors. Josh has been named as one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, one of "Tech's New Kingmakers" by Business 2.0 magazineand a "Rising VC Star" by Fortune magazine. Josh also is the proud winner of a second place ribbon in the 2011 Nantucket Watermelon Eating competition.

Josh is an inventor on thirteen 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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  • Grokker
    Grokker is a video network that enables enthusiasts to find high quality videos to pursue and take their knowledge further.
    Dec 2, 2013 - Invested in $5.5M Series A with 3 others
  • PandoDaily
    PandoDaily is a web publication offering technology news, analysis, and commentary, focusing mainly on Silicon Valley and startup companies.
    May 29, 2013 - Invested in $3M Seed Round with 17 others
  • Swipely
    Swipe is a marketing solutions provider developing customer and loyalty rewards programs for merchants.
    May 21, 2013 - Invested in $12M Series B with 6 others
  • Adchemy
    Adchemy develops SaaS-based software that helps marketers optimize their paid ad campaigns.
    May 10, 2005 - Invested in $1M Series A with 1 other
  • delicious
    Delicious is a social bookmarking website to save, organize and discover links on the web.
    Apr 1, 2005 - Invested in Seed Round with 9 others
  • LinkedIn
    LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows members to create business connections, search for jobs, and find potential clients.
    Nov 1, 2003 - Invested in $4.7M Series A with 1 other
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    TurnTide is an anti-spam technology company based in Pennsylvania.
    Jan 1, 2003 - Invested in $750k Series A
  • IronPort Systems
    IronPort Systems develops email and web security tools that prevent organizations from spam, viruses, malware and other internet threats.
    Jun 25, 2002 - Invested in $16.5M Series B with 6 others