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Alex Mashinsky

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Alex Mashinsky

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Born into Communism, reared under Socialism, and now thriving under Capitalism, Alex Mashinsky has become one of the most recognized figures in the New York entrepreneurial scene. As the Managing Partner of Governing Dynamics, an early stage venture capital firm, Alex founded several companies including GroundLink in 2005, Transit Wireless in 2004, Elematics in 2000, and Arbinet in 1996. Combining the unique talents of business strategist and technological innovator Alex is continuing to invent new web & communications technologies. A featured speaker at over 120 international communications conferences and TV interviews, and the author of over 50 patents relating to exchanges, VOIP, messaging and communication.

Alex has received numerous awards for innovation including being nominated twice by E&Y as entrepreneur of the year in 2002 & 2011, Crain's 2010 Top Entrepreneur and the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).

Alex is considered to be one of the pioneers of VOIP, with foundational patents dating back to 1994 many of today's hardware and software designs originated from these early ideas. As the leading evangelist of web based exchanges alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid , Ad exchanges,  Groupon, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other top performing web companies.

Alex has proven his ability to identify winning trends, build a powerful intellectual property portfolio and bring together winning teams to build world-class companies. He has raised over $250m in venture and private equity funds to help position his startups as leaders in their fields. Arbinet fundraising was documented in an HBS case study in 2001.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give"


Alex has been a member of YPO since 2003.

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