Founding Partner, @first-round-capital; Founder @half-com (sold to EBay)
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Josh is a founding Partner at First Round Capital, a seed-stage technology venture fund. 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 – and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh 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. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000 -- and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales. In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world's first anti-spam router. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just six months later.
Josh founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. And since that time the firm has invested in over 350 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh was ranked 3rd on the 2018 New York Times list of Top Venture Capitalists and consistently ranks in the top 20 of the Forbes Midas List of the top 100 tech investors. Josh has been named as one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, one of "Tech's New Kingmakers" by Business 2.0 magazine and a "Rising VC Star" by Fortune magazine. Josh also is the proud winner of a second place ribbon in the 2011 Nantucket Watermelon Eating competition.
Josh is an inventor on sixteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology. In June 2000, he was awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region.
Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Advising and investing in early stage companies that spark my passion. Type of business is much less important than the team, market, and opportunity. I love businesses that see a significant need and have a viable solution.
Not Interested In
Me too companies.
"The Uber of ...".
"The Airnb of ..."
"Facebook for ..."
B2B software, SaaS, & marketplaces. The best time to have a conversation is shortly after initial traction. I'm especially interested in companies based in Southern California (but we invest worldwide). Feel free to e-mail email@example.com.
Investing in Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) &b... San Francisco, Califo..., United States
$55100000 (Later stage VC)
$8540000 (Early stage VC)
• SoLo Funds:
$10000000 (Series A)
$15000000 (Series A)
$40000000 (Series A)
$3000000 (Venture Round)
• ACME Capital:
• The Pill Club:
• Brandless, Inc.:
• Cue Inc.:
• Wag Labs Inc.:
• Doctor On Demand:
• Sherpa Capital, LLC:
• Goldman Sachs:
San Francisco, California - San Francisco, California investing in founders with disruptive business models that can capitalize on current platforms, as well as those founders that are building breakthrough technologies for emerging n, United States
Investing in Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) &b... Rhode Island - - U.S.A., United States
• Jobcase, Inc.:
• Patron Technology:
• Validity Inc.:
• Property Brands:
• Garvin Hill Capital Partners:
• Innovation Interactive:
• Renew Data:
• CIBC Capital Partners:
• BCI Partners:
Rhode Island - - U.S.A., United States
Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) • IT (& TMT) • Media • Businesses Solutions • Entertainment (& Sports) • Investment Management • Mobile • Online Social • Consumer
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