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Jul. 19, 2013 11:00 am

Josh Kopelman’s first business: Josh’s Juices

With a little help from his father, who got him the proper permits to run the business, Kopelman made hundreds of dollars each weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported in a story about entrepreneurs and their fathers

Every entrepreneur has to start somewhere. In Lemonade Stands, we’ll profile a local entrepreneur’s first venture. Tell us about yours.

It was the summer of 1978 and seven-year-old Josh Kopelman was setting up shop outside his neighborhood tennis courts. The business? Josh’s Juices.

With a little help from his father, who got him the proper permits to run the business, Kopelman made hundreds of dollars each weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported in a story about entrepreneurs and their fathers. That was also the summer that Kopelman, now managing partner of First Round Capital, learned double-entry bookkeeping.

Kopelman’s father, the Wall Street Journal noted, was not an entrepreneur. He was (and still is) a professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. But as Kopelman put it, “My dad encouraged creativity through business.”

Read the whole Wall Street Journal story here.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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