Born into Communism, reared under Socialism, and now thriving under Capitalism, Alex Mashinsky has become one of the most recognized figures in the international telecommunications industry. As the Managing Partner of VenturiFX , an early stage venture capital firm, Alex founded several companies including Qlimo in 2002, Qwireless in 2001, Elematics in 2000, and Arbinet in 1996, where he served as its CEO until Jan 2000. Combining the unique talents of business strategist and technological innovator alex is continuing to invent new technologies in the communications field. A featured speaker at over 120 international communications conferences and TV interviews, and a recipient of 17 domestic and international patents relating to communications infrastructure and signaling, Alex has received numerous awards for innovation including the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).
As the leading evangelist of the B2B bandwidth exchanges, Alex has proven his ability to identify the winning trends, build a powerful intellectual property portfolio and bring together winning teams to build world-class companies. He has raised over one hundred fifty million dollars to help position his startups as leaders in their fields.
Today, Arbinet, for which Alex continues to serve as Vice Chairman, is recognized as the leading exchange for PSTN and VOIP traffic. The company has over 89 employees and over 250 world carriers transacting billions of minutes every year. Prior to focusing on finding a replacement for the accounting rate system, Alex successfully identified the coming trends of VOIP and the need for softswitch and gatekeeper technologies and was successful in securing some of the original patents covering protocol conversion and call processing. He co-founded Comgates (find out more), The Israel-based company which is the world leader in media gateway technology has over 40 employees and has received venture funding of $20 million.
1991-1994 Alex Mashinsky was President of his first technology startup VoiceSmart which provided software and outsourced services for the Debit card and call back industries 1988-1990 Alex ran a commodities trading company called TTC based out of Luxembourg 1984-1987 Alex served in the Israeli Army. The service included the Israeli Pilot training program and service in the Golani infantry units as well as military intelligence.