Paul Barnes

Chief of Staff

I’m drawn to organizations that stay inquisitive even as they grow more influential. One of the reasons First Round is so special is that it continues to experiment with ways to better serve its entrepreneurs, even given the power of its network and the closeness of its community. If we continue to learn and grow, we are more like the founders we serve. In my role, I work directly with Josh Kopelman as his Chief of Staff in our Philadelphia office.

Before First Round, I worked on the equity trading floor at Goldman Sachs as an analyst on the Institutional Sales Desk before joining San Francisco-based startup Sosh, where I tackled changing the way New Yorkers discover things to do.

I graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Lacrosse. These days, I opt for a less aggressive swing. If I’m not at First Round, you’ll find me on the links.