Martin Varsavsky is a serial entrepreneur, professor and investor who has founded 8 companies in the United States and Europe in the last 30 years.
In 2015, backed by Lee Equity, Martin founded Prelude Fertility/Inception now the largest chain of fertility clinics in the USA.
In 2017, Martin founded Overture Life, focused on automating the embryology lab. Overture is backed by Khosla Ventures, Marc Benioff and Allen & Company.
In 2018 Martin founded Goggo Network, an Axel Springer/Softbank backed startup that is helping develop the legal and engineering framework for fleets of autonomous vehicles and plans to deploy these fleets.
At the start of his career in the 1990s, Martin built Viatel, which became the first pan-European fiber optic network, followed by Jazztel, a telecom operator. When Martin sold Viatel, the company was worth $ 1.2 billion and when he left Jazztel, it was worth $ 770 million. Jazztel was subsequently sold for $4.5bn.
In the early 2000s, Martin built Ya.com, which was sold to Deutsche Telekom for $ 650 million.
Martin subsequently co-founded Eolia, together with Miguel Salis, one of Spain’s largest renewable energy companies which sold for $1.6bn in 2019. He is also a member of the board of the German media company Axel Springer.
Martin Varsavsky occasionally teaches entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School. He has also taught at Columbia University, New York University and IE University and frequently speaks at numerous conferences.
Martin Varsavsky is also an investor through Jazzya Investments, his family office and through to funds with a combined pool of $200 million. These funds are Varsavsky Axel Springer or VAS Ventures, which does seed and early stage investing and Martin Varsavsky Bankinter or MVB which does late stage and funds investing.
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