|Born||1972 (age 42–43)|
|Education||B.S. University of Pennsylvania|
|Known for||founder of Half.com|
|Parent(s)||Carol and Dr. Richard Kopelman|
Kopelman was born in Great Neck, New York, the son of Carol and Dr. Richard Kopelman. His father was a professor at Baruch College and his mother a real estate broker. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, during his sophomore year, Kopelman co-founded Infonautics Corporation, in Wayne, Pennsylvania. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Kopelman left Infonautics in 1999 to found Half.com.
In 1995, Josh married Rena Cohen, an attorney. In 2001, Josh and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization to provide “start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs. In 2002, the Kopelman Foundation funded a project to digitize and host the complete text of the Jewish Encyclopedia online.
Josh is an inventor on sixteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology. Josh was ranked 11th on Forbes 2014 Midas List of the top 100 tech investors —and 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 magazine and 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.
Kopelman is currently Managing Director of First Round Capital, a seed-stage venture fund. He is an investor, director and advisor to a variety of businesses, most in the software and Internet domain, including OnDeck Capital, Homejoy, Aster Data Systems, Knewton, Gigya, IronPort, Mint.com, Monetate, LinkedIn, ModCloth, AppNexus, BankSimple, Swipely, Wanelo, OpenX and Discourse.
- New York Times: "Rena M. Cohen, Joshua Kopelman" August 13, 1995
- Jessica Endy (12 October 2012). "Federation to Recognize Local Communal Leaders". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "List of Patents". Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "Forbes Midas List". Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "FRC Biography". Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "Business 2.0 Magazine - Tech's new Kingmakers". Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "Fortune Magazine - 8 rising VC stars". Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "IronPort Crunchbase Page".
- "On civilized discourse". 8 February 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- Redeye VC - Josh Kopelman's Blog
- Josh Kopelman's public profile with his positions and investments
- First Round Capital management page including a brief biography of Kopelman
- The Kopelman Foundation
- Midas Capital Kopelman's private investment fund, which preceded First Round Capital
- Video interview with Josh Kopelman on the 10th anniversary of Half.com