"Redeye VC" travels between Philadelphia, New York and Silicon Valley getting first dibs on the next generation of Web startups. Kopelman...
"Redeye VC" travels between Philadelphia, New York and Silicon Valley getting first dibs on the next generation of Web startups. Kopelman institutionalized "super early" stage investing and closed an oversubscribed fund last summer in a tough fundraising environment. He plans to deploy the fresh capital in 25 startups--$50,000 to $600,000--a year. Likes: consumer tech, enterprise software, fashion and finance. Dislikes: biotech, life sciences, clean tech, real estate, automotive and, ironically, travel. Got his start founding Half.com, an online marketplace for used books that sold to eBay for $350 million. Took his winnings and made his first angel investments via Midas Capital, before starting First Round Capital in 2004. Made a pretty penny on his investment in IronPort systems before it sold to Cisco for $830 million in 2007. Invested early in soon-to-be-public LinkedIn, photo sharing site Path (which just negged Google's $100 million offer), and Aster Data (sold to Teradata for $263 million).