Josh Kopelman knows disruption. An early investor in some of the country’s most innovative companies like Uber, Blue Apron and Warby Parker, and an entrepreneur himself, Kopelman lives and breathes big ideas, hard work and relentless dedication. He has weathered his share of boom and bust cycles and came out a major success, now leading one of the most active venture capital firms in the country, First Round Capital. Plain and simple, he knows what it takes to succeed in the startup world.
In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kopelman co-founded Infonautics Corporation and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. He then founded 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 before eventually being acquired by eBay in July 2000. And in late 2003, Kopelman helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world’s first anti-spam router, which was quickly acquired by Symantec just six months later.
He leveraged his 10+ years as a serial entrepreneur to start a VC firm focused on the seed stage. He named it First Round Capital to make it clear that he wanted to talk to founders at the earliest possible point – helping them make the most of the blank slate you only get at the very beginning. First Round has since invested in over 300 emerging technology startups.