Josh Kopelman

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Josh Kopelman
Josh Kopelman photo.jpg
Born 1972 (age 45–46)
Nationality United States
Education B.S. University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Entrepreneur
Venture capitalist
Philanthropist
Known for Founder of Half.com
Spouse(s) Rena Cohen
Children 2
Parent(s) Carol and Dr. Richard Kopelman

Joshua Kopelman is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist.

Kopelman is best known as a founder of First Round Capital, a pioneering seed-stage venture fund that led the seed round in Uber. Josh has consistently been ranked as one of the top 20 Venture Capitalists in the world. Before founding First Round, Josh was a founder of Half.com, a fixed price marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of used books, movies and music products. In 2000, Kopelman sold Half.com to EBay.

Early life[edit]

Kopelman was born in Great Neck, New York, the son of Carol and Dr. Richard Kopelman.[1] His father was a professor at Baruch College and his mother a real estate broker.[1] He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1992, during his sophomore year, Kopelman co-founded Infonautics Corporation, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.[1] In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Kopelman left Infonautics in 1999 to found Half.com.[citation needed]

After selling Half.com to eBay, Kopelman remained with eBay for three years. In 2004, Josh co-founded TurnTide an anti-spam technology company that was acquired by Symantec.[citation needed]

Josh is an inventor on sixteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology.[2] Josh was ranked 3rd on the 2018 New York Times list of Top Venture Capitalists[3] and consistently ranks in the top 20 of the Forbes Midas List of the top 100 tech investors (#18 in 2011[4], #6 in 2012[5], #12 in 2013[6], #11 in 2014[7], #4 in 2015[8], #6 in 2016[9], #35 in 2017[10] and #19 in 2018[11]). Josh has been named as one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine,[12] one of "Tech's New Kingmakers" by Business 2.0 magazine[13] and a "Rising VC Star" by Fortune magazine.[14] Josh also is the proud winner of a second place ribbon in the 2011 Nantucket Watermelon Eating competition.[12]

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, Flatiron Health, Aster Data Systems, Knewton, Gigya, AltSchool, The Black Tux, Five Below, Massdrop, Like.com, IronPort, Mint.com, Monetate, LinkedIn, ModCloth, AppNexus, BankSimple, Swipely, True & Co., Wanelo, Warby Parker, Ring.com, Numerai, OpenX, LiveOps, Boxed.com, Clover Health, Upstart and Discourse.[15]

In 2007, Kopelman helped to coin the phrase the Implicit Web to better describe the Semantic Web.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, Josh married Rena Cohen, an attorney, in Great Neck, New York.[1] In 2001, Josh and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization to provide “start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs.[16] In 2002, the Kopelman Foundation funded a project to digitize and host the complete text of the Jewish Encyclopedia online. In 2016, Josh was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Media Network - the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and the newspapers' joint web portal Philly.com. [17]

Kopelman currently lives in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e New York Times: "Rena M. Cohen, Joshua Kopelman" August 13, 1995
  2. ^ "List of Patents". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "NY Times VC List". Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Forbes Midas List" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "FRC Biography". Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Business 2.0 Magazine - Tech's new Kingmakers". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Fortune Magazine - 8 rising VC stars". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "On civilized discourse". 8 February 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Jessica Endy (12 October 2012). "Federation to Recognize Local Communal Leaders". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Jeff Gammage (1 June 2016). "Josh Kopelman replaces Gerry Lenfest as PMN chair". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 

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