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

Kopelman is best known as the founder of, a fixed price marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of used books, movies and music products. In 2000, Kopelman sold to EBay for US $350 million.


Kopelman was born in Great Neckmarker, New Yorkmarker. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvaniamarker. In 1992, during his sophomore year, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Kopelman left Infonautics in 1999 to found

After selling to eBay, Kopelman remained with eBay for three years. In early 2004 Josh co-founded TurnTide, an anti-spam company that acquired and marketed the world's first anti-spam router from ePrivacy Group. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just six months later.

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. In 2002 the Kopelman Foundation funded a project to digitize and host the complete text of the Jewish Encyclopedia online.

In 2005, together with Adnan Aziz and Jay Minkoff, Kopelman founded First Flavor, a taste marketing company. He is now on the board of directors for First Flavor.

Current Work

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 Jingle Networks, Odeo, LinkedIn, Eventful, Krugle, Ambient Devices,, IronPort, RockYou!, myYearbook, Knewton, VideoEgg, Wikia and several other firms.

While Kopelman has invested in a large number of Web 2.0 companies, Kopelman warned that too many Web 2.0 entrepreneurs are targeting an audience of 53,651 people, the number of then-current subscribers to TechCrunch, a popular weblog that covers the internet industry. In 2007, Kopelman helped to coin the phrase the Implicit Web to better describe the Semantic Web.

Kopelman currently lives in a suburb of Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker.


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