First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman drove for uberX this weekend [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Details (well, a few at least) on PeopleLinx cofounder Patrick Baynes' new stealth-mode startup.

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Amid all the back and forth between ridesharing serving uberX and the Philadelphia Parking Authority this weekend, here’s the real gem: First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman taking people around town as an uberX driver. (First Round Capital is an Uber investor.)


Definitely read the whole Twitter thread.

Leadnomics moved to a new University City office at 3020 Market Street in early September, cofounder Zach Robbins told us. The lead generation software company outgrew its shared office space with 50OnRed and RightAction in the nearby Cira Centre. The 8,000-square-foot space wasn’t photo-ready when we last checked, but we’ll have pics soon.

Gabriel Mandujano of sustainable laundry service Wash Cycle Laundry pitched at Blackstone Launchpad Demo Day in New York City yesterday and won first prize and $25,000, beating out 19 other entrepreneurs. Blackstone Launchpad is the student entrepreneurship program that has programs around the country (and two in Philly: one at Temple and one at Philadelphia University). Mandujano was the only Philly entrepreneur to make it into the demo day, said Zoe Selzer, Philadelphia University’s Blackstone director.

CampusESP, a startup that helps parents stay on top of their child’s education, pitched at Orlando, Fla.-based Educause and the Chronicle of Higher Education named it one of the three startups that stood out.

Pipeline and Industrious, two massive shared office spaces that are opening in Center City, pushed their opening dates back a smidge. They’re both slated to open in early December, instead of in the fall, the two teams told us.

Greg Osberg, the media exec behind the Project Liberty incubator housed at the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/ headquarters, is working in business development for Billy Penn, the buzzy mobile news outfit, editor Chris Krewson confirmed. He’s a contract employee.

DuckDuckGo’s Gabe Weinberg sold more than 10,000 copies of his book, Traction, in just two months. Here’s how he did it. (No word on if anyone took the offer of buying 3,000 copies to get an angel investment.)



We got some details on the new venture from Patrick Baynes, the cofounder of PeopleLinx who left the company this summer. He’s working with Philadelphia Magazine president and longtime friend David Lipson on a stealth-mode startup. (Paired with Baynes’ expertise in social networks, it sounds like something in media/social media.)

Lipson and Baynes hired their first employee: Rachel Stuppy, who specializes in social media (ding!) and moved from Boston to join the startup. Stuppy was one of the first employees at Spartan Race, Baynes told us.

They’re also currently looking for an ecommerce staffer to join the team or partner with. That’s all Baynes will tell us right now, but we’ll keep you posted.



SuperMighty, the Old City firm that’s helping video game developers make money through charity, got featured in Forbes. Here’s our take from September.

VenturePact’s Randy Rayess has a guest post in Forbes on what to look for in your next job, or business you’re starting.



Osage Venture Partners led a $5 million round for New York City-based online executive education startup ExecOnline, according to a release.

Oh, and DreamIt Health’s demo day is tomorrow. We’ll report back.

Companies: Pipeline / Billy Penn / SuperMighty / Industrious / Leadnomics / Uber / Wash Cycle Laundry

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