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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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Our new website...

A lot has happened since we started First Round Capital in 2004.  We've invested in over 75 amazing companies, grown our team to include 8 investment professionals, and opened offices in three states.  We've also become the most active seed-stage firm in the country -- with the most visited VC website

Yet, despite all this change, our website remained pretty much the same as it looked in 2004. 

Well, not anymore.  Today I'm excited to announce the launch of the new firstround.com website. 

The core of the site is the First Round Capital News Feed (bring it on Facebook) on our homepage - which incorporates our new investment announcements, our blog posts, portfolio company news and job postings, and selective tweets and Four Square checkins from the First Round Capital team.

And while we really haven't changed our firm's focus over the last six years, we still thought it was important for us to highlight why we think we’re unique - and what we look for.

Our portfolio page allows you to sort our portfolio companies by location and tag cloud.  And every portfolio company’s page now integrates their tweets, blog posts and job listings – as well as links to any of their applications (like iPhone, browser plugins, etc) that can be downloaded.

Since all our investment professionals blog, we've integrated everyone's work-related blog posts onto one page - and made it easy to subscribe to all the posts from one RSS feed.

One of the most helpful things a VC can do for a portfolio company is to help them find key hires.  And the jobs section of our site contains well over 125 current job openings within our portfolio.  Indeed, just last month our website was responsible for connecting over 1,000 candidates to our portfolio companies.  In addition to posting the listings on our site, you can find them via an RSS feed of the jobs or at our @frcjobs Twitter account.  And be sure to signup for our Key Hire Wire newsletter which emails you one 1-3 executive jobs in our portfolio each week.

Finally, since it's pretty rare that a day goes buy without some news from a First Round Capital portfolio company, you can keep up with the news on our news page -- or subscribe to our news RSS Feed or follow our @FirstRound account on Twitter.

Our firm today looks very different than it did six years ago -- and now our website does too.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

 

Introducing the First Round Capital Key Hire Wire

One of the most useful things a VC can ever do for a portfolio company is to help a CEO make a key hire. While every hire is important, some additions are pivotal value creating moments in the life of a company.  

In an effort to find new ways to be helpful to the companies that we invest in, First Round Capital is starting a weekly e-mail newsletter that will highlight some of the best opportunities to work with the great teams we've backed.  Each week, we are going to send out a single e-mail with just 2 or 3 senior-level jobs (Director-level and above) that we want to find the best people for.

We just sent out our first email went out this week, which featured three amazing opportunities:

  • Vice President, Marketing - DoubleVerify (NYC)

  • Regional Vice President of Sales - BazaarVoice (Austin)

  • Senior Director, Product Management, BigDeal.com - San Francisco, CA


Would you like to get these weekly emails? If so, sign up here...

(And if you're interested in seeing all 166 current job openings at First Round Capital portfolio companies, be sure to check out http://jobs.firstround.com/ or just follow FRCJobs on Twitter).