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Josh Kopelman

Managing Director of First Round Capital.

espite being coastally challenged (currently living in Philadelphia), Josh 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 – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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Voicestar acquired by Marchex

Congratulations to Ari and Todd on their sale to Marchex (NASDAQ: MCHX). 

I first met the Voicestar guys back in 2005.  They were among the pioneers of the pay-per-call market -- and I recall being amazed by how muVstrlogoch they accomplished with no outside money.  They funded their first year of operations by consulting in their "spare time".  Todd was a coding animal --  writing every line of code in the product by himself.  And Ari was an unbelievably persistent (and persuasive) business development machine -- singlehandedly managing a pipeline of over 100 prospects. 

And in March of 2006 Voicestar raised their first round of outside capital (with First Round Capital ultimately becoming their largest outside investor).  Voicestar has continued to be a model of capital efficiency --  only raising about $1 Million since inception.  And they executed perfectly -- growing nearly 20% month-over-month and signing up over 200 publisher partners (including some major metro newspapers, the yellow pages giant R.H. Donnelley (RHD), and Val-Pak (CEI), the coupon publisher).

As a result of their capital efficiency and limited dilution, the founders were in a position to take advantage of what I previously have called "The New Dual Track."  The fact that a company can exit for $20 million and still be a "win" for both founders and investors is definitely illustrative of some major changes in the startup/venture ecosystem. 

I wish the entire team the best of luck at Marchex -- and hope our paths cross again soon.  Ari and Todd are a class act - two hard-core entrepreneurs who built a real business the hard way.  A bottle of Dom is on the way...
 

Comments

Daniel Honigman

Mr. Kopelman -

Hello, my name is Daniel Honigman and I'm a reporter with Marketing News. I'm working on a story about how Web 2.0 startups market themselves to potential investors and I would love to interview you.

Please e-mail me at dhonigman@ama.org at your earliest convenience. I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Daniel

Aileen Sim

Hi Josh, congrats on another win! :)

Aileen

Shamir

Hey Josh, congratulations! The NUS interns at VoiceStar are really excited about the news :)

Peace,
Shamir

Azam Khan

Truly they are class acts. Hard-core entrepreneurs need not waste time in dwelling over only venture capital and other frivolous concepts such as incubators. This will prepare them better all around for the next venture if they decide to pursue. It is evident they were living on the fringe, and the ability to sit there coding every line and managing hundreds of customers needs a drive. In our blog we talk about The Fringe which you can check out at http://www.revupnet.com/2007/09/05/the-fringe/

Alquma

Hi Josh, congrats

Cheers
Alquma

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Hey Josh, congratulations! The NUS interns at VoiceStar are really excited about the news :)

Peace,

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