June 2, 2016 |
A cofounder of one of the nation's most active venture capital firms has been named board chairman of Philadelphia Media Network, which operates the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Josh Kopelman, 45, perhaps best known as creator of Half.com, the giant used-book, movie, and music website, takes over as the company begins an ambitious effort to identify new ways of storytelling and new streams of revenue. "Great cities need a great independent source of journalism," Kopelman said Tuesday night.
October 7, 2015 |
Inside a giant ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, octogenarian sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer was leading a session on business partnerships. Marc Kuhn was outside, standing near a bank of coffee dispensers, hustling. His firm, he said, would turn shipping containers into mobile farms for food deserts. At least, as of Monday. That's when he had a random meeting with a guy he met. "He saw I had some whiskey," Kuhn said. "I said, 'It's sold out.' He said, 'What do you do?
March 22, 2013
SERIAL entrepreneur Josh Kopelman knows a thing or two about disruption. Kopelman, 41, of Gladwyne, is managing director of First Round Capital, a seed-stage venture-capital fund he formed in 2004. The Wharton grad made a name for himself before that. In 1999, he founded half.com, an online marketplace for used books, music and videos. It was sold to eBay in 2000 for $350 million. Half.com was Kopelman's "secret," something that everybody thought was crazy, but he believed would fundamentally redefine an industry.
August 24, 2012
The reasons for Philadelphia's distant also-ran finish in the first 30 years of America's tech boom are numerous and complicated, but two stand out: 1) the city's anemic entrepreneurial culture; 2) a tax structure that's been outright hostile to start-ups and the investors who fund them. But with the news last week that the hotshot investment firm First Round Capital was moving to Philadelphia, there's reason to hope the city need not be shut out of the economy-goosing tech sector forever.
August 16, 2012 |
Among the handful of venture-capital firms based in Philadelphia's leafy suburbs, First Round Capital stands out for its national reach and its rapid pace - more than a deal a week. Now it's moving downtown. Josh Kopelman , a 1993 graduate of Penn's Wharton School, started venture-backed Infonautics (he took it public in the dot.com boom), auctioneer Half.com (now part of eBay ), and security firm TurnTide (sold to Symantec ) before setting up First Round with Penn computer-scientist-turned-investor Howard Morgan in 2004.
March 7, 2003 |
He's young. He's rich. And he's a little bit worn out. So Internet whiz kid Joshua Kopelman said yesterday that it's time for a break. Come April 15, he'll be leaving Half.com, the online business he launched in 2000 and later sold to auction giant eBay Inc. "I've been on a treadmill for quite some time," Kopelman, 32, said. "I started my first business in college. The day of graduation, I went to a business meeting. . . . It's the right time to take some time off and spend time with my family.
February 8, 2003 |
What's that noise around Mark Hughes? It must be the buzz. Hughes aims to get people chattering. While working for Half.com, a Web marketplace founded in the Philadelphia area, Hughes pioneered advertising in fortune cookies. He engineered a publicity stunt to change an Oregon town's name to Half.com. He put advertisements in New York City urinals and on the hubcaps of Boston taxis. Buzz buzz. Now, with his own company, Buzzmarketing, the Swarthmore resident wants to sell other companies on the merits of fortune-cookie ads and other oddball attention-getters.
October 10, 2001 |
The Web retailer that once persuaded an Oregon town to change its name to Half.com is about to see its own name wiped off the map. Half.com, the popular used-goods peddler with headquarters in Plymouth Meeting, was absorbed into its parent, Silicon Valley-based EBay Inc., yesterday. As a result, over the next six months, the Half.com brand name will gradually disappear from the Web, company officials said. EBay announced 18 layoffs and 28 job relocations at Half.com in connection with the changes.
August 30, 2001 |
Half.com, a Plymouth Meeting-based Internet person-to-person thrift store owned by the auction Web site eBay.com, announced recently it would begin selling used college textbooks through the student center portion of its Web site. With a bank of 5 million volumes, Half.com hopes to appeal to college students, who spend an average of more than $60 per book, according to the National Association of College Stores. The site features a searchable title index and books organized by subject.
January 25, 2001 |
Joshua Kopelman knew his upstart online marketplace, Half.com, was a winner last year when members of his own family fell into competition to see who could sell the most used books and music on the Web site. As the site - where customers buy and sell used goods at not more than half of their original prices - opened last Jan. 19, Kopelman's wife, Rena, started selling her old CDs. His father began scouring yard sales for old tomes to sell. His mother-in-law did the same. By last week, the three had sold 380 items, Kopelman said.