|University of Pennsylvania, BA||1997|
|cum laude, Economics|
|University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, MBA||2005|
Michael Kopelman is a Partner with Edison Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in leading, high-growth technology companies. Since its founding in 1986, Edison Ventures has invested in over 185 companies and completed over 125 exits, including 17 IPOs. Michael leads Edison’s eCommerce and Interactive Marketing segment, Edison’s fastest growing investment area, and serves on the firm’s investment committee.
Michael began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston where he advised clients on numerous M&A and financing transactions. In 1999, Michael left CSFB to launch EOFFERING, a venture-backed online investment bank affiliated with ETRADE. He launched several new online products, including the first web-based roadshow for retail investors. E*OFFERING was acquired one year after its launch by SoundView Technology Group, where he remained to lead the firm’s internet & e-commerce investment banking franchise.
Michael serves as Director of CallCopy, a call performance management and analytics software company; The Neat Company, a digital organization tool for consumers and small businesses; and Sonicbids, an eCommerce platform for emerging musicians.
He was previously Director of TrueCommerce (acquired by HighJump Software).
Michael serves on the IT investment advisory committee for Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Director on Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Philadelphia Business Journal identified Michael as one of forty individuals under the age of forty who have made the biggest impact on the Philadelphia region.
Michael was past President of Wharton Private Equity Partners, the private equity organization serving over 2,000 Wharton alumni. He regularly guest lectures seminars on entrepreneurship and venture capital at The Wharton School.
He holds a BA in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA, with honors, from The Wharton School. He resides in Villanova, PA with his wife and two children.
Specialties: Venture capital, technology, financial services, eCommerce and internet businesses