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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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Monthly Archives for 2010

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So, I know I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately.  A combination of a crazy schedule, overflooded inbox and an injury have taken their toll.  I have been making my "list of things to blog about when I have time" -- and I hope to have some time next week, so stay tuned.  In the meanwhile, a few small updates on the last month:

  • Apiconference_2Portfolio company, Mashery, closed their next round of funding from Formative Ventures and Accelerator Group.  Mashery is also currently sponsoring Dealmaker Media's one-day conference, "The Business of APIs".  If your company is doing anything new on the web today, you are probably looking at APIs and Web Services -- and this conference seems like a unique opportunity to learn from several companies who have already launched API distribution programs.

  • Brett Hurt and the Bazaarvoice team also recently announced their most recent round of funding, led by Battery Ventures.  Watching these guys execute has been amazing -- their client list reads like a "who's who" of ecommerce.

  • We also recently led a seed-stage investment in Satisfaction Unlimited.  Satisfaction provides a set of tools that allow companies to crowdsource their support amongst their customers.  They are part online discussion, part FAQ, and part social network. Anyone can ask a question, submit an idea or problem, or just talk.   Love a company?  Hate a company?  Get some Satisfaction here...

  • One of our (west-coast) portfolio companies, is actively (urgently) seeking an IT/Operations person (either full-time or contractor).  They are looking for someone with expertise in (1) running a 99.99% uptime high traffic consumer site, (2) colocation management and bandwidth provisioning, and (3) Linux, Apache, Tomcat, Java and MySQL.  If you know of anyone, please let me know...

  • I broke my shoulder a few weeks ago.  In order to spare myself the "Groundhog's Day" experience of repeating the same conversation 20+ times a day, I decided to put the footage of the injury on Youtube...