Josh Kopelman: Founder of First Round Capital & Early Investor in Uber, Blue Apron, and Mint

Josh Kopelman: Founder of First Round Capital & Early Investor in Uber, Blue Apron, and Mint

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. 

July of 1999, Josh co-founded Half.com, 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.

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 then founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. Since that time, the firm has invested in over 200 emerging technology startups, including Uber, Mint, and Blue Apron. 

Josh was ranked fourth on Forbes 2015 “Midas List” of the top 100 tech investors, he’s been awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, and is an inventor on thirteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology.

 

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