Josh is a serial entrepreneur and investor
who has been an active leader in the Internet industry since its
commercialization. He currently serves as Managing Director of First Round Capital, a seed-stage
while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet
information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ
Josh left Infonautics to found 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.
2004 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.
Prior to forming First Round Capital, Josh served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Interactive Capital - a $350 million venture capital fund
affiliated with Comcast Corporation.
Josh is an inventor on eight 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 has also been recognized as one of
the “10 Most Influential People in Philadelphia Technology” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of
the “76 Smartest Philadelphians” by Philadelphia
Magazine and as one of forty individuals under the age of forty who
have made the biggest impact on the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
often quoted in industry trade journals and national newspapers, has
appeared on numerous national television shows, and is a frequent
speaker at industry-wide conferences on entrepreneurship, Internet
marketing and the future of Internet services.
In 2001 Josh and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation,
a non-profit organization focused on angel philanthropy to provide
“start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs. He currently serves
on the Board of Directors of Main
Line Heath, suburban Philadelphia's
most comprehensive healthcare resource, operating four of the region's
most-respected hospitals. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Wharton
Entrepreneurial Program and the Weiss Tech House at the
University of Pennsylvania.
Josh earned a Bachelor of Science
degree cum laude in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from The
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
More information on Josh can be
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or his LinkedIn profile.